Transparent heat regulation materials and coatings: present status, challenges, and opportunity
Energy Saving Coating Materials
School of Science / Electron Science Research Institute
ARC Number : LP130100130
Thin-film materials and coatings continue to set trends in the development of new transparent heat-regulating technologies that enable large-scale energy savings in modern construction. Addressing the globally recognized issues of climate change, CO2 emissions reduction, energy use efficiency, and enabling widespread distributed energy generation has been at the focus of worldwide research efforts since at least the early years of this century. Recently, significant progress has been demonstrated in functional materials and coating designs for modern building integration. Modern glass and window products rely on the performance of optical coatings, and glazing systems of today are capable of controlling properties such as emissivity, heat gain, color, and transparency. Windows can also be a platform that enables widespread and distributed energy harvesting through PV integration. This chapter focuses on the technological challenges faced by the manufacturers of advanced heat regulation coatings, and the opportunities in novel device development presented by these coatings.