Smart Glass Market worth $3.83 Billion By 2017
According to the market research report “Global Smart Glass market 2012-2017, by
technology (Thermochromics, Liquid Crystal (LC), Suspended Particle Display (SPD),
Electrochromics, Photochromic), Applications (Architectural [Commercial, Residential],
Transportation [Automotive, Rail, Aviation, Marine])” published by MarketsandMarkets
(www.marketsandmarkets.com), the total Smart Glass market is expected to reach $3.83 billion
by 2017 at a CAGR of 20.3% from 2012 to 2017.
Browse 126 market tables and 34 figures spread through 257 pages on Global Smart Glass
market 2012-2017, by technology (Thermochromics, Liquid Crystal (LC), Suspended Particle
Display (SPD), Electrochromics, Photochromic), Applications (Architectural [Commercial,
Residential], Transportation [Automotive, Rail, Aviation, Marine]).
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Beginning in the early 1970s, the number of research activities resulting in patenting of
technologies increased rapidly, leading to the development of advanced fabrication processes,
enhanced properties, and an increased number of applications across varied verticals such as
construction and automotive. Tints were applied to glass to reduce heat transmission and glare,
and glass coated with metal oxide films reflected heat or conducted electricity. This marked the
first application of “smart glass” in automotive.
Reflective coatings, low emissivity glass, and gas-filled cavities have all been components of
energy-efficient windows since decades but with the commercialization of smart glass
technologies such as Electrochromic (EC) and Suspended Particle Display (SPD) among others,
there is an increasing adoption of smart glass in both - residential and commercial construction.
Smart glass is an essential product to add ‘green’ factor to the building. Smart glass and smart
windows helps in achieving zero-energy goals. Energy efficiency, coupled with potential energy
harvesting by incorporating PV cells in these glasses is most likely to make it as a key element of
smart and green buildings. The green building is currently an enabler of the smart glass market
and is most likely to continue driving the market in long run as well.
With introduction of Electrochromic (EC) rearview mirrors widely used for its auto dimming
property and its ability to dynamically control light. Since then, the industry has a come a long
way, thanks to continued research and development in the smart glass technology field. Due to
the inherent properties of smart glass to reduce the heat loss and glare control, smart glass is
being used as sunroof glass in the high end automobiles such as Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi and
BMW. The high end luxury car is witnessing significant adoption of smart glasses not only as
sunroof but also as side windows owing to its ability to control glare, provide shading while
preserving views, and improving indoor air quality.
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