The Magic of Light: Using Smart Glass Technology
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Glass allows light to enter internal spaces. It does other valuable things too:
•It keeps the weather, rain and wind at bay •It lets us see the world beyond our room or office •It enhances the appearance of our buildings, both outside and inside •It excludes unwanted particles such as dust, dirt, insets and other intruders •It enhances our automobiles and driving experience •It allows us to see the goods displayed in shop windows Dermott Reilly, with work colleagues in Ethiopia, is founder of NanoLandGlobal and adviser / director of EcoBioLand. He is subject matter expert in commercial nanotechnology helping countries like Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa solve major issues. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Left to Right: Tony Sharma ( NanoLandEthiopia), State Transport Minister, HE Tekletsadik Reba and Dermott Reilly (IngeniaTouch)
discuss how new technology can advance the transport infrastructure of Ethiopia and Africa.
However, glass can have some undesirable qualities:
• It allows heat to enter and leave our buildings, thus increasing energy consumption
• UV rays can pass straight through glass and degrade organic materials
• Condensation problems, where internal moisture interacts with cold glass surfaces, causing visibility and fungal issues, wetting and frame damage.
• External glass requires regular cleaning.
Recent new technology
New technologies are rapidly supplanting the tried-and-trusted. Instead of using curtains, blinds or shutters to control the light and heat entering a window, new micro-layer metal films can be applied to the surface of glass, during manufacture. These effectively stabilise the interior climate by inhibiting the passage of IR and UV rays. However this glass is very expensive.
Sealed, insulated, glass units (SIGU’s) have also been developed and by virtue of their double and triple glazing are also very effective.
However, it is very costly to up-grade old style, single glazed windows.
Something Newer: Welcome Eco-Glass Coating Technology!
Research at leading Universities over the last two decades has revealed a surprising range of functional properties hidden in well-known substances. For example, the carbon found in charcoal is now used to manufacture carbon-fibre tennis racquets and golf clubs, much lighter and stronger than any that could be made before. Satellites and related space devices are also being protected from aggressive heat from the sun, using materials now sourced from charcoal.
Similarly, glass, coated with a micron layer can display superior functionality with hitherto undreamed-of new properties such as heat reflection, absorption, dissipation, and self-cleaning.
Nano coated glass can be surface manipulated, water-repellent or water-attractive and indeed have a number of wetability characteristics.
For the property owner, glass can be up-graded with these eco-nano-coatings much more economically than replacing original glass.
The undesirable qualities associated with glass can now be solved without replacing the actual glass. New eco-coatings, invisible to the eye, can reduce internal property heat loss in cold climates, or indeed reflect radiant heat away from glass in hot countries. UV light penetration can almost be eliminated. And we can apply a simple long lasting coating on external glass to reduce cleaning cycles by 50%.
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Glass Insulation Project Heathrow Airport Terminal 2, Jan 2015