Researchers at the Melbourne-based RMIT University have recently announced that they have developed a self-modifying coating for smart window technology. The researchers behind the breakthrough say that the creation could lead to further developments in window automation market.
If reports are to be believed, the self-regulating window coating is 1000 times thinner than a human hair and works automatically to let in more heat in the cold weather, while blocking the sun in hot weather conditions. The self-regulating coating of thickness not more than 50-150 nanometers is created by using vanadium dioxide. The coating stays clear & transparent to the human eye, blocking the infrared solar radiations that cause heat.
According to industry experts, the breakthrough is expected to help pivotal players in window automation market go the whole hog and strive to introduce more reliable and technologically advanced designs for smart windows & temperature-responsive buildings. Designing smart door & window technology at the very conceptual stage of buildings significantly aids in reducing overall costs and improving efficiency, in turn lowering carbon footprints. The new technology in this milieu could certainly help meet the future energy needs emerging in window automation market, cite experts.
Madhu Bhaskaran, the lead researcher and associate professor in the Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering school said that their window technology would significantly cut down the rising air-conditioning and heating costs, while dramatically reducing carbon emissions from buildings. She also added that smart glass technology is not something new to the industry, but RMIT’s coating was a breakthrough that added improvement to the existing technologies.
According to the RMIT Australia, smart windows aren’t the only application when it comes to the new coatings. The technology will also be used in controlling non-harmful radiation that can penetrate fabrics and plastics that are used in medical imaging & security scans.