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Innovations in Smart Glazing

  • ID: 4425772
  • Report
  • September 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 58 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Growth of Smart Glass Industry Driven by Need for Sustainable Solutions and Rising Adoption of Advanced Design in Building and Automotive Industries


  • AB Chromogenic
  • Gauzy
  • Heliotrope Technologies
  • Merck Group
  • SPD Control Systems
  • Switchglass
  • MORE

Smart Glazing or Smart Glass, as it is widely known and accepted has witnessed a growing demand across industries, especially in the building and construction sector due to the rising need for sustainable solutions that can optimise energy requirements. Increasing investments in the setting up industrial-scale production capacities, enhancing technology scalability potential has significantly contributed towards its wide scale adoption. Growing collaborative efforts between technology providers, product developers and end users are also contributing towards faster adoption of technology.

Smart glass, with its ability to fine tune properties on application of heat, light or voltage, changes from clear to opaque allowing light to pass or to be blocked at certain values of wavelengths with or without human intervention. Furthermore, it can react to weather changes and adjust itself providing optimised comfort for residents and energy-efficient buildings. It also complies with strict legislations across the globe for more sustainable buildings, accelerating its growth potential in the coming years in the building and construction sector. It is also expected to find growing acceptance in the automotive, aerospace, and marine industries. With growing demand for passenger cars, automotive sector is also going to be a high opportunity sector.

Technology-wise, Active glass is expected to achieve higher growth rates in the next 5 years compared to passive glass. The active glass category can be segmented into - electrochromic glass, suspended particle device (SPD) glass, polymer dispersed liquid crystal glass. In the year 2017, SPD and electrochromic technologies are dominant due to their wider application landscape. Liquid crystal glass finds its major use in electronic devices and its growth is highly dependent to a major extent on the growth of electronic industries. Passive glass, divided into photochromic and thermochromic glass are mostly used in power generation and construction industries.

This research service, titled Innovations in Smart Glazing”, provides an overview of types of smart glass, its advantages, drawbacks and applications amongst various industries. Additionally, it also profiles various emerging technology and product developments that will enable the smart glass industry to meet future needs, as well as open up new possibilities for the sector to impact and converge with other sectors.

Briefly, this research service provides:

  • A snapshot of emerging smart glass technologies and its application landscape
  • Key properties, drawbacks, major innovations, and research and development (R&D) efforts of various smart glass technologies.
  • Regional development and adoption trends.
  • Future roadmap highlighting the adoption of smart glass across industries.
  • IP trends
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  • AB Chromogenic
  • Gauzy
  • Heliotrope Technologies
  • Merck Group
  • SPD Control Systems
  • Switchglass
  • MORE

1. Executive Summary
1.1. Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Smart Glass Will Have highest Potential in Construction Industry in Short Term
1.4 Customer Awareness Will be a Deciding Factor for Main-scale Adoption

2. Technology Introduction
2.1 Intelligent Glass Providing Optimum Comfort for Residents
2.2 Smart Glass can be Classified as Active and Passive Based on the Need for Manual Intervention
2.3. Key Differentiating Factors of Smart Glass Over Conventional Glass
2.4 Competitive Features of Active Glass
2.5 Functioning of EC Glass is Dependent on Electricity
2.6 LC and PDLC Glass Functions Through Alignment of Liquid Crystal Molecules on Application of Voltage
2.7 SPD Glass Has an Adjustable Tint With a Wide Light Transmission Range
2.8 Thermochromic Glass is a Key Passive Glass Technology
2.9 Photochromic Technology has High Adoption in Optical Applications
2.10 Industry Value Chain is Interlinked with Technology Developers Work in Collaboration with Smart Glass Companies and End-Users

3. Application Landscape
3.1 Office Buildings Lead in Adoption in the Building and Construction Industry
3.2 Privacy Characteristics Act as Key Factor for Smart Glass Adoption

4. Technology Development and Adoption Trends
4.1. Energy Efficiency Benefits Act as a Key Driver for Smart Glass Adoption
4.2. High Cost and Inability to be Used in Large Surfaces can Hinder Growth
4.3 Scandinavian Countries, Germany and UK Lead in Technology Adoption in Europe
4.4. North America Leads in Adoption due to High Demand for Energy Saving Buildings and Higher End-User Awareness
4.5. China and Japan Expected to Influence Adoption in APAC

5. IP Landscape
5.1. US Leads in Patent Filing for All Types of Smart Glass
5.2. Steady Increase in Patent Filings in the Last Three Years
5.3. Companies are More Active in patent Filings Compared to Other Stakeholders
5.4 Research Publications Highlight Key Focus in the Building and Construction Industry

6. Noteworthy Technology and Product Developments
6.1. Interactive Smart Windows by Kinestral Technologies Inc., US
6.2. LCG Windows by Gauzy, Israel
6.3. Dynamic Glass by View Inc. (View), US
6.4. Liquid Crystal Technology by Merck Group, Germany
6.5 Electrochromic Flexible Foil by AB Chromogenics, Sweden
6.6. Control Systems by SPD Control Systems, US
6.7 Nanotechnology-based Active Glass by Heliotrope Technologies Inc., US
6.8. Switchable Privacy Glass by Switchglass, Australia
6.9 Research from Universities Focused on Improving Cost Efficiency of Materials Used for Smart Glass

7. The Road Ahead
7.1. Smart Glass Adoption Roadmap

8. Analyst’s Perspectives
8.1 Increased Customer Awareness is a Key Factor for Wide scale Adoption
8.2. Strategic Imperatives:Critical Success Factors
8.3. Growth Opportunity-Facilitating Smart Cities and Smarter Living
8.4. Growth Opportunity- Facilitating Market Interactions and Interconnectivity

9. Key Patents
9.1. Key Patents Related to Suspended Particle Device Technology
9.2. Key Patents Focused on Electrochromic Technology
9.3. Key Patents Focused on Liquid Crystal Technology

10. Key Contacts
10.1 Key Contacts
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  • AB Chromogenic
  • Gauzy
  • Heliotrope Technologies
  • Kinestral Technologies Inc
  • Merck Group
  • SPD Control Systems
  • Switchglass
  • View Inc.
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