Self-cleaning effect of ShineOn shown in first test

Date: 7 July 2008
Source: SCF Technologies
SCF Technologies A/S has successfully completed the first test that shows ShineOn, the company’s new self-cleaning product for windows, is just as effective as a product applied in the factory.

No approved standards are currently available to evaluate the performance of self-cleaning products. However, an EU project has proposed a self-cleaning test procedure, which SCF Technologies implemented.

The results showed that ShineOn is self-cleaning according to the definition proposed by the EU project (> 85%), with a self-cleaning value of 90 ± 5%. It also documented ShineOn’s claims to be a photocatalytic coating with a dual cleaning mechanism.

According to the test, ShineOn degrades around 25% of dirt by photocatalytic action. The remaining dirt is washed off by rain.

Pilkington Activ, which has a self-cleaning coating applied in the factory, was also tested according to the draft procedure. The coating showed a self-cleaning value similar to ShineOn of 91 ± 3% and its photocatalytic properties degrades around 27% of dirt.

“Documentation of the self-cleaning effect has been one of the factors holding back the penetration of self-cleaning products in the market, with many products not living up to their claims,” said SCF Technologies CEO Karsten Felsvang.

“Many of the available products are not self-cleaning, but easy-to-clean. Being able to document the effect of ShineOn is something we hope will give us a commercial advantage,” he added.

About ShineOn

ShineOn is a thin coating applied to existing windows, giving them the self-cleaning properties that previously could only be applied during the glass manufacturing process.

ShineOn chemically bonds with the glass to create a hardwearing coating that uses the sun’s energy to 'burn' dirt loose. The dirt is then simply washed away when it rains.

About SCF Technologies

SCF Technologies A/S develops and commercializes supercritical technology that is used to refine products, enhance processes and make intelligent materials. Shares in SCF Technologies (SCFT) are listed and traded on the OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen. SCF Technologies' basic technology makes it possible to use such natural substances as water and carbon dioxide under high pressure to create sustainable answers to such problems for the global community as waste disposal and lack of oil.

Links to company websites

Link to previous press release:

View ShineOn in YouTube:

For more information, please contact:

Karsten Felsvang

Managing Director

SCF Technologies A/S


Tel: +45 88 30 32 00

Michael Humle

Vice-President, Sales and Marketing

SCF Technologies A/S


Tel: +45 88 30 32 00

Alexander Van Haren

Innovate GmbH


Tel: +49 (0) 3445 23310

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