Smart windows for a more energy efficient future—5 May 2017

Supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, Professor Huijun Zhao at Griffith University is set to lead research into a new kind of low-cost, energy-saving 'smart window' that contains a glass that is able to change its colour and the amount of light or heat it transmits.

Utilising $513,210 in ARC Linkage Projects funding, as well as additional cash and in-kind support leveraged from Partner Organisation Confirmation Australia Pty Ltd, Professor Zhao and his team will develop low-cost and scalable synthesis of functional nanomaterials that make these smart windows work.

Professor Zhao says that windows play an important role in the energy efficiency of offices, schools and residential homes, and the new smart windows promise significant energy savings by reducing reliance on air conditioning, heating and artificial lighting. 

The research project will also facilitate the commercialisation of the new windows by investigating how the new materials can be integrated into the glass manufacturing process to assist Australia’s manufacturing industry and environmental sustainability.

 

Image: Professor Huijun Zhao in the lab.
Image courtesy: Fotomedia.

Original Published Date: 
Friday, May 5, 2017