Smart Window Coating Selects What Light to Let In

December 12th, 2012 | by Michael Keller

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have produced new smart window technology that can separately block the sun’s visible light and infrared radiation from passing into buildings.

Their breakthrough, still in the early stages of development, garnered a $3 million grant in November from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to develop a working prototype. With it, the research team hopes to get market-ready technology out of the lab and into manufacturers’ hands.

“Our needs for heat from the sun and light from the sun aren’t necessarily correlated,” says says Delia Milliron, the deputy director of Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry and leader of the research group behind the advance. “You might want visible light coming into your house regardless of whether it’s cold or hot outside.”

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