The development of smart window technology will enable energy savings for domestic and commercial buildings

Project Insights

  • €181,418

    Total Project Costs
  • 2 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2018

    Year Funded

Project Description

The project aims to design and test a novel flexible self-powered smart window technology. This technology being novel will have commercial development potential to enable energy savings in domestic and commercial buildings. Ireland's National Renewable Energy Action Plan includes aims to develop and apply technology for energy efficient buildings. The project develops a smart window technology workplan and prototype output that will initiate and accelerate the development and deployment in the Irish marketplace of a competitive smart window technology. The work programme outputs will be a prototype technology will grow Ireland's national capacity to access, develop and apply international class energy RD&D in the area of smart windows. The technology is based on a novel design based on a multilayer transparent system formed through combining carefully chosen responsive materials. The resulting system will be capable of automatically, self-powered, alteration of transmission, thereby acting as a self-powered smart window. The smart window is made using 'green' technology, based on sustainable and environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes creating a cost effective design. The resulting technology will be applied as a smart window technology and will be tested and optimised for application in Ireland.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €181,418

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2018

Lead Organisation: University College Dublin

James Rice

Lead Researcher