Rockwell Scientific Company has received a $1.2 million contract from the US Department of Energy for the further development of its reversible electrochemical mirror “smart window” technology.
This innovative technology gradually changes the reflective characteristics of glass, from a window to a mirror, thereby regulating the amount of light (and heat) that can pass through it. A type of ‘electrochromic’ technology, reversible electrochemical mirror’s (REM) does not suffer from the inefficiencies of other currently available electrochromic applications, which can absorb significant amounts of heat.
By providing exact control of light transmission, REM technology substantially reduces energy consumption for climate control and air conditioning systems. REM delivers substantial cost savings that will quickly repay the investment in the technology.
The primary objective of the DOE-funded project is to refine the REM technology for the commercial production of smart windows.
By licensing this technology to manufacturers for a wide variety of known and new applications, Rockwell Scientific will continue the development and commercialization of energy-efficient and environmentally responsible technologies.
Breaking down barriers to commercialization of REM technology will not only lead to reduced energy costs for businesses and consumers but will also help the environment by significantly reducing power plant emissions, said Morgan Tench, the manager of RSC’s electrochemical processes department.