Advances in materials science and technology are leading to better buildings and transportation with improved energy efficiency and indoor conditions. A main focus is on improving windows and glass facades for enhanced comfort, privacy and sustainability. Current practices often lead to huge energy expenditures related to excessive inflow or outflow of energy which need to be balanced by energy-intensive cooling or heating.
Smart/switchable/dynamic glass or smart windows are increasingly utilized for thermal management, energy efficiency, and privacy applications that by modulating light transmittance when voltage, light, or heat is applied.
These technologies allow for the state of the glass to switch from transparent to translucent, or vice versa. This transition can occur passively or actively depending upon the device technology. There are three main types of technologies used in commercially available smart glasses:
- chromic materials
- liquid crystals
- electrophoretic or suspended particle devices.
The smart glass and windows market is growing fast, and has been installed in the commercial aircraft, automobiles and corporate buildings of companies such as Google, Disney, Merck, eBay, Microsoft, Progressive, IBM, Fox News etc. Producers have raised over $1 billion in funding over the last few years and the technology is gaining wider commercial traction, driven by demands for privacy, adaptability, information, improved safety, energy savings and living comfort. Despite a rise in market adoption, cost and scalability still remain general challenges for the smart glass industry
Commercial buildings are the main current market for smart glass, but is also being increasingly adopted in residential.
Main markets covered include:
- Construction glass.
- Residential and retail.
- Aerospace/aircraft windows.
- Automotive (mirrors, sunroods, glazing).
Other markets include:
- Sunglasses and visors.
Technologies covered in this report include:
Passive smart glass
Active smart glass
- Suspended particle device (SPD)
- Polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC).
‘The Global Market for Smart Glass and Windows’ provides comprehensive analysis the latest innovations and products in Smart Glass and Windows, developed by large companies and start-ups.
Report contents include:
- Analysis of smart windows technologies and supply chain
- Profiles of 50 companies and research institutes working on smart glass and windows.
- Historical data, and 12 years forecasts (from 2019 to 2030) by Area, smart window type and revenues.
- Analysis by smart glass and windows technology types: ELECTROCHROMIC, THERMOCHROMIC, SUSPENDED PARTICLE DEVICE (SPD), POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL SMART GLASS, PHOTOCHROMIC SMART GLASS, MICRO-BLINDS, ELECTROKINETIC GLASS.
- Analysis by application markets: Residential and commercial windows, Automotive, Mirrors, Aerospace., Sunglasses and visors, Flexible displays and wearables, Aviation, Healthcare, Projection
- Challenges in the smart glass and windows industry.
- Regional analysis of smart glass and windows industry.
Table of Contents
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- 1.1. Market drivers
- 1.2. Global market size and opportunity
- 1.2.1. Competitive smart glass technologies
- 1.2.2. Total market revenues, 2015-2030
- 1.2.3. Competitive landscape
- 1.3. Smart glass and windows revenues by markets, 2014-2030
- 1.3.1. Residential and commercial glazing
- 1.3.2. Automotive windows and glass
- 1.4. Smart glass and windows revenues by technology, 2014-2030
- 1.5. Smart glass and windows revenues by region, 2014-2030
- 1.6. Market and technical challenges
- 1.7. Future of smart glass
- 1.7.1. Need for innovation
- 1.7.2. Reducing costs
- 1.7.3. Integration with building systems/Internet of things (IoT)
- 1.7.4. Photovoltaic smart glass
2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY
3. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
- 4.1. What is smart glass?
- 4.2. Smart windows
- 4.3. Types of smart glass
- 4.3.1. Passive smart glass
- 4.3.2. Active smart glass
- 4.4. Nanomaterials in smart glass
5. ELECTROCHROMIC SMART GLASS
- 5.1. Technology description
- 5.1.1. Materials
- 18.104.22.168. Inorganic metal oxides
- 22.214.171.124. Organic EC materials
- 126.96.36.199. Nanomaterials
- 5.2. Benefits
- 5.3. Shortcomings
- 5.4. Markets
- 5.4.1. Residential and commercial windows
- 5.4.2. Automotive
- 5.4.3. Aerospace
- 5.4.4. Sunglasses and visors
- 5.4.5. Flexible displays and wearables
- 5.5. Global revenues
- 5.6. Companies (16 company profiles)
6. THERMOCHROMIC SMART GLASS
- 6.1. Technology description
- 6.2. Benefits
- 6.3. Shortcomings
- 6.4. Markets
- 6.5. Global revenues
- 6.6. Companies
7. SUSPENDED PARTICLE DEVICE (SPD) SMART GLASS
- 7.1. Technology description
- 7.2. Benefits
- 7.3. Shortcomings
- 7.4. Markets
- 7.4.1. Windows
- 7.4.2. Automotive
- 7.4.3. Aviation
- 7.5. Global revenues
- 7.6. Companies(8 company profiles)
8. POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL SMART GLASS
- 8.1. Technology description
- 8.1.1. Types
- 188.8.131.52. Laminated Switchable PDLC Glass
- 184.108.40.206. Self-adhesive Switchable PDLC Film
- 8.2. Benefits
- 8.3. Shortcomings
- 8.4. Markets
- 220.127.116.11. Interior glass
- 18.104.22.168. Healthcare
- 22.214.171.124. Projection
- 8.5. Global revenues
- 8.6. Companies (18 company profiles)
9. OTHER TECHNOLOGIES
- 9.1. PHOTOCHROMIC SMART GLASS
- 9.1.1. Technology analysis
- 9.1.2. Markets
- 9.2. MICRO-BLINDS
- 9.2.1. Technology analysis
- 9.2.2. Benefits
- 9.3. ELECTROKINETIC GLASS
- 9.3.1. Technology analysis
- 9.3.2. Companies