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A Better View: Berkeley Lab Windows Technology Takes Hold

Soladigm, a startup based on Berkeley Lab smart window technology has launched a new product, a dynamic glass that continually adjusts to external conditions. According to the company,

“In a typical commercial installation, annual HVAC and lighting energy consumption is reduced by 20 percent while HVAC peak load is reduced by 25 percent.”

The company also decided to change its name to View, Inc., to better reflect (no pun intended) the company’s vision.

We covered Soladigm and its original Berkeley Lab window glass when it first launched several years ago:

“The glass uses an absorptive electrochromic technology based on tungsten-oxide. Through a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Berkeley Lab scientist Andre Anders worked with Soladigm to characterize both the individual layers of the glass as well as the integrated device comprised of the combined layers. In 2008 Soladigm also licensed a reflective electrochromic technology developed by Berkeley Lab scientist Tom Richardson, which is expected to have higher performance and lower cost than first-generation dynamic windows.” –Berkeley Lab Newscenter, Oct., 2010

Windows

Current windows research at Berkeley Lab includes developing new glazing materials, windows simulation software and other advanced high-performance window systems. The building shown here, located at Berkeley Lab, is a windows testing facility. (Photos by Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab Public Affairs)

View’s new glass allows users to set their preferences and can adjust to external conditions.

While the company’s current Dynamic Glass announcement isn’t based strictly on the Lab’s research, the company’s success and advancement of the technology is a harbinger of things to come. With companies such as View getting into the game, homeowners and commercial firms can look forward to more efficient lighting and reduced energy costs.

View is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., with high-volume manufacturing facilities in Olive Branch, Miss.

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More technologies of this type are available at Berkeley Lab’s Technology Transfer website.

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