Researchers from the Cockerell School of Engineering at the University of Texas have created a new form of electrochromic glass that has the potential to be used in commercially viable smart windows.
The concept of electrochromic glass, or glass that can be tinted and cleared through electronic control, is not new. However, previous iterations of the material have either been excessively expensive or logistically impractical due to the need for extremely high temperatures during installation. The Cockerell School engineers have invented not only better, more flexible electrochromic glass, but also a low-temperature installation process.
If universally employed in homes and buildings around the world, smart windows made with electrochromic glass could save unprecedented amounts of money and energy due to the increased efficiency of heating and cooling.