The Global Market for Smart Glass and Windows

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Published February 27 2020 | 119 pages, 30 tables, 50 figures 

Advances in materials science and technology are leading to better buildings and transportation with improved energy efficiency and indoor conditions. A main focus is on improving windows and glass facades for enhanced comfort, privacy and sustainability. Current practices often lead to huge energy expenditures related to excessive inflow or outflow of energy which need to be balanced by energy-intensive cooling or heating.

Smart/switchable/dynamic glass or smart windows are increasingly utilized for thermal management, energy efficiency, and privacy applications that by modulating light transmittance when voltage, light, or heat is applied.

These technologies allow for the state of the glass to switch from transparent to translucent, or vice versa. This transition can occur passively or actively depending upon the device technology.

The smart glass and windows market is growing fast, and has been installed in the commercial aircraft, automobiles and corporate buildings of companies such as Google, Disney, Merck, eBay, Microsoft, Progressive, IBM, Fox News etc. Producers have raised over $1 billion in funding over the last few years and the technology is gaining wider commercial traction, driven by demands for privacy, adaptability, information, improved safety, energy savings and living comfort. Despite a rise in market adoption, cost and scalability still remain general challenges for the smart glass industry

Commercial buildings are the main current market for smart glass, but is also being increasingly adopted in residential. Main markets covered include:

  • Construction glass.
  • Residential and retail.
  • Aerospace/aircraft windows.
  • Automotive (mirrors, sunroods, glazing)

 

The Global Market for Smart Glass and Windows provides comprehensive analysis the latest innovations and products in  Smart Glass and Windows, developed by large companies and start-ups.

Report contents include:

  • Analysis of smart windows technologies and supply chain
  • Analysis of routes to market for film and glass manufacturers
  • Industry collaborations and licence agreements
  • Profiles of >50 companies including products, customers, collaborations, target markets, contact details. 
  • Historical data, and 12 years forecasts (from 2015 to 2027) by smart window type, region and revenues.
  • Analysis by smart glass and windows technology types: ELECTROCHROMIC, THERMOCHROMIC, SUSPENDED PARTICLE DEVICE (SPD), POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL SMART GLASS, PHOTOCHROMIC SMART GLASS, MICRO-BLINDS, ELECTROKINETIC GLASS.
  • Analysis by application markets:  Residential and commercial windows, Automotive,   Mirrors,  Aerospace.,  Sunglasses and visors,  Flexible displays and wearables, Aviation, Healthcare, Projection
  • Challenges in the smart glass and windows industry.
  • Regional analysis of smart glass and windows industry.

 

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1    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY................................................................... 13

1.1    Market drivers.................................................................................................................................... 14

1.1.1      Mega-trends.............................................................................................................................. 14

1.2    Global market size and opportunity................................................................................................... 16

1.2.1      Competitive smart glass technologies..................................................................................... 17

1.2.2      Total market revenues, 2015-2027.......................................................................................... 19

1.2.3      Competitive landscape............................................................................................................. 20

1.3    Manufacturers.................................................................................................................................... 22

1.4    Routes to market................................................................................................................................ 23

1.5    Smart glass and windows revenues by markets, 2014-2027........................................................... 25

1.5.1      Residential and commercial glazing......................................................................................... 27

1.5.2      Automotive windows and glass................................................................................................ 28

1.6    Smart glass and windows revenues by technology, 2014-2027....................................................... 29

1.7    Smart glass and windows revenues by region, 2014-2027.............................................................. 31

1.8    Market and technical challenges....................................................................................................... 33

1.9    Future of smart glass......................................................................................................................... 35

1.9.1      Need for innovation.................................................................................................................. 35

1.9.2      Reducing costs......................................................................................................................... 35

1.9.3      Integration with building systems/Internet of things (IoT)........................................................ 35

1.9.4      Photovoltaic smart glass.......................................................................................................... 35

2    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY..................................... 37

3    RESEARCH METHODOLOGY......................................................... 38

4    INTRODUCTION............................................................................... 39

4.1    What is smart glass?......................................................................................................................... 39

4.2    Smart windows................................................................................................................................... 39

4.3    Types of smart glass.......................................................................................................................... 39

4.3.1      Passive smart glass.................................................................................................................. 39

4.3.2      Active smart glass.................................................................................................................... 39

4.4    Comparison of smart glass technologies.......................................................................................... 40

4.5    Nanomaterials in smart glass............................................................................................................ 41

5    ELECTROCHROMIC SMART GLASS.............................................. 42

5.1    Technology description...................................................................................................................... 42

5.1.1      Materials................................................................................................................................... 43

5.1.1.1        Inorganic metal oxides.................................................................................................... 43

5.1.1.2        Organic EC materials...................................................................................................... 44

5.1.1.3        Nanomaterials................................................................................................................. 44

5.2    Benefits.............................................................................................................................................. 44

5.3    Shortcomings..................................................................................................................................... 45

5.4    Markets.............................................................................................................................................. 45

5.4.1      Residential and commercial windows...................................................................................... 45

5.4.2      Automotive................................................................................................................................ 47

5.4.2.1        Mirrors............................................................................................................................. 47

5.4.3      Aerospace................................................................................................................................. 49

5.4.4      Sunglasses and visors............................................................................................................. 49

5.4.5      Flexible displays and wearables.............................................................................................. 49

5.5    Global revenues................................................................................................................................. 50

5.6    Companies......................................................................................................................................... 54 

5.6.1      Argil, Inc.................................................................................................................................... 54

5.6.2      ChromoGenics AB.................................................................................................................... 55

5.6.3      Click Materials Corporation...................................................................................................... 57

5.6.4      e-Chromic Technologies, Inc.................................................................................................... 57

5.6.5      EControl-Glas GmbH & Co. KG............................................................................................... 58

5.6.6      Gentex Corporation.................................................................................................................. 58

5.6.7      Heliotrope Technologies, Inc.................................................................................................... 59

5.6.8      iGlassTechnology, Inc.............................................................................................................. 60

5.6.9      Kinestral Technologies, Inc...................................................................................................... 61

5.6.10    Magna Mirrors Of America, Inc................................................................................................ 61

5.6.11    Murakami Kaimeido Company................................................................................................. 62

5.6.12    PPG Aerospace........................................................................................................................ 62

5.6.13    Saint Gobain/SageGlass Electrochromics, Inc........................................................................ 63

5.6.14    Tokai Rika Co., Ltd................................................................................................................... 63

5.6.15    View, Inc................................................................................................................................... 64

5.6.16    VG SmartGlass LLC................................................................................................................. 65

6    THERMOCHROMIC SMART GLASS............................................... 66

6.1    Technology description...................................................................................................................... 66

6.2    Benefits.............................................................................................................................................. 66

6.3    Shortcomings..................................................................................................................................... 66

6.4    Markets.............................................................................................................................................. 67

6.5    Global revenues................................................................................................................................. 67

6.6    Companies......................................................................................................................................... 71

6.6.1      Pleotint, LLC............................................................................................................................. 71

6.6.2      RavenBrick LLC........................................................................................................................ 72

7    SUSPENDED PARTICLE DEVICE (SPD) SMART GLASS.............. 73

7.1    Technology description...................................................................................................................... 73

7.2    Benefits.............................................................................................................................................. 73

7.3    Shortcomings..................................................................................................................................... 74

7.4    Markets.............................................................................................................................................. 74

7.4.1      Windows................................................................................................................................... 74

7.4.2      Automotive................................................................................................................................ 75

7.4.3      Aviation..................................................................................................................................... 76

7.5    Global revenues................................................................................................................................. 77

7.6    Companies......................................................................................................................................... 81

7.6.1      AGC, Inc................................................................................................................................... 81

7.6.2      Gauzy Ltd................................................................................................................................. 82

7.6.3      Hitachi Chemical Company Ltd................................................................................................ 82

7.6.4      Innovative Glass....................................................................................................................... 83

7.6.5      Isoclima S.p.A........................................................................................................................... 84

7.6.6      Nippon Sheet Glass/NSG UMU Products Co., Ltd.................................................................. 85

7.6.7      Pilkington.................................................................................................................................. 86

7.6.8      Research Frontiers, Inc............................................................................................................ 87

7.6.9      SPD Control Systems Corporation........................................................................................... 88

7.6.10    Vision Systems Aeronautics S.A.S.......................................................................................... 88

8    POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL SMART GLASS (PDLC)     90

8.1    Technology description...................................................................................................................... 90

8.1.1      Types........................................................................................................................................ 91

8.1.1.1        Laminated Switchable PDLC Glass................................................................................ 91

8.1.1.2        Self-adhesive Switchable PDLC Film............................................................................. 92

8.2    Benefits.............................................................................................................................................. 92

8.3    Shortcomings..................................................................................................................................... 92

8.4    Markets.............................................................................................................................................. 92

8.4.1.1        Interior glass.................................................................................................................... 93

8.4.1.2        Healthcare....................................................................................................................... 94

8.4.1.3        Projection........................................................................................................................ 94

8.5    Global revenues................................................................................................................................. 94

8.6    Companies......................................................................................................................................... 98

8.6.1      AlphaMicron.............................................................................................................................. 98

8.6.2      Beijing All Brilliant Technology Co., Ltd (ABTECH)............................................................... 100

8.6.3      Bestroom................................................................................................................................ 100

8.6.4      Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP)....................................................................................... 102

8.6.5      DMDisplay Co., Ltd................................................................................................................. 102

8.6.6      Dreamglass............................................................................................................................. 104

8.6.7      Guardian Industries................................................................................................................ 105

8.6.8      Huichi Industrial Development Co., Ltd.................................................................................. 106

8.6.9      Hunan Haozhi Nano Technology Co., Ltd............................................................................. 106

8.6.10    InnoGlass Technology(Qingdao) Co.,Ltd............................................................................... 107

8.6.11    iGlass Pty Ltd.......................................................................................................................... 107

8.6.12    Innoptec Srl............................................................................................................................. 108

8.6.13    Irisfilm Corporation................................................................................................................. 108

8.6.14    Kewei...................................................................................................................................... 109

8.6.15    Merck KGaA........................................................................................................................... 109

8.6.16    OYPDLC/Zhiyuan Building Materials Technology Co., Ltd................................................... 110

8.6.17    Polytronix, Inc......................................................................................................................... 110

8.6.18    Q-Sys Co., Ltd........................................................................................................................ 111

8.6.19    Vanlong Technology Co., Ltd................................................................................................. 111

8.6.20    Smartglass International Limited............................................................................................ 112

8.6.21    Switch Glass........................................................................................................................... 112

8.6.22    Zhuhai Singyes New Materials Technology Co., Ltd............................................................. 113

19    OTHER TECHNOLOGIES............................................................... 114

9.1    PHOTOCHROMIC SMART GLASS................................................................................................ 114

9.1.1      Technology analysis............................................................................................................... 114

9.1.2      Markets................................................................................................................................... 114

9.2    MICRO-BLINDS............................................................................................................................... 115

9.2.1      Technology analysis............................................................................................................... 115

9.2.2      Benefits................................................................................................................................... 115

9.3    ELECTROKINETIC GLASS............................................................................................................ 116

9.3.1      Technology analysis............................................................................................................... 116

9.3.2      Companies.............................................................................................................................. 117

9.3.2.1        Crown Electrokinetics................................................................................................... 117

10 REFERENCES................................................................................ 118

TABLES

Table 1: Market drivers for smart glass........................................................................................................... 14

Table 2 Markets for smart glass and windows................................................................................................ 16

Table 3: Comparison of smart glass and windows types................................................................................ 17

Table 4: Market structure for smart glass and windows................................................................................. 21

Table 6. Manufacturers of smart film and glass, by type................................................................................ 22

Table 7. Routes to market for smart glass companies.................................................................................... 23

Table 8 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2027 by market, million USD...................................... 25

Table 9: Technologies for smart windows in buildings.................................................................................... 27

Table 10. Smart glass and windows revenues by technology, 2015-2027, million USD............................... 29

Table 11 Smart glass and windows revenues by region, 2015-2027, million USD........................................ 32

Table 12 Market and technical challenges for smart glass and windows, by main technology type............. 34

Table 13: Types of passive smart glass.......................................................................................................... 39

Table 14: Types of active smart glass............................................................................................................. 40

Table 15. Advantages and disadvantages of respective smart glass technologies....................................... 40

Table 16 Types of electrochromic materials and applications........................................................................ 43

Table 17 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD................ 50

Table 18 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, million USD. 51

Table 19 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, million USD. 52

Table 20 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD............... 67

Table 21 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, million USD.................................................................................................................................................................... 68

Table 22 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, million USD. 70

Table 23 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD............................................................................................................................................... 77

Table 24 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, millions USD................................................................................................................................ 78

Table 25 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, millions USD................................................................................................................................. 80

Table 26 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD.............................. 94

Table 27 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, million USD............ 95

Table 28 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, million USD............. 97

Table 29. Schematic of Magic Glass............................................................................................................. 103

Table 30: Cross-section of Electro Kinetic Film............................................................................................ 116

FIGURES

Figure 1 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2027 million USD, conservative estimate................. 20

Figure 2 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2027 million USD, optimistic estimate....................... 20

Figure 3 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2027 by market, million USD..................................... 26

Figure 5: Markets for smart windows and glass 2027, %............................................................................... 29

Figure 6. Smart glass and windows revenues by technology, 2015-2027, million USD................................ 31

Figure 8 Regional share of smart glass market 2027, %................................................................................ 32

Figure 9 Smart glass and windows revenues by region, 2015-2027, million USD......................................... 33

Figure 10: Nanocrystal smart glass that can switch between fully transparent, heat-blocking, and light-and-heat-blocking modes................................................................................................................................. 41

Figure 11 Typical setup of an electrochromic device (ECD)........................................................................... 42

Figure 12 Electrochromic smart glass schematic........................................................................................... 43

Figure 13: Electrochromic smart glass............................................................................................................ 46

Figure 14: Examples of electrochromic smart windows each in fully coloured (left) and bleached state (right).................................................................................................................................................................... 47

Figure 15  "Infinity" electrochromic mirror....................................................................................................... 48

Figure 16: Rear-view electrochromic mirrors, off (left image) and on (right image) state.............................. 48

Figure 17 Argil electrochromic film laminated between automotive glass for sidelite applications................ 48

Figure 18 Alteos Interactive Window Systems................................................................................................ 49

Figure 19 Argil electrochromic film integrated with polycarbonate lenses...................................................... 50

Figure 20 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD............... 51

Figure 21 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, million USD.................................................................................................................................................................... 52

Figure 22 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, millions USD.................................................................................................................................................................... 54

Figure 23. Argil smart glass for buildings........................................................................................................ 54

Figure 24: CoverLight by Chromogenics......................................................................................................... 56

Figure 25: Thermochromic smart windows schematic.................................................................................... 66

Figure 26: Vertical insulated glass unit for a Suntuitive® thermochromic window......................................... 67

Figure 27 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD.............. 68

Figure 28 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, million USD.................................................................................................................................................................... 70

Figure 29 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, million USD. 71

Figure 30: SPD smart windows schematic...................................................................................................... 73

Figure 31. SPD film lamination........................................................................................................................ 74

Figure 32 SPD smart film schematic. Control the transmittance of light and glare by adjusting AC voltage to the SPD Film............................................................................................................................................. 75

Figure 33 Mercedes “Magic Sky” sunroof....................................................................................................... 76

Figure 34. AW101 VVIP helicopter equipped with CROMALITE® windows.................................................. 76

Figure 35 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD............................................................................................................................................... 78

Figure 36 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, millions USD................................................................................................................................ 79

Figure 37 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, million USD................................................................................................................................... 80

Figure 38. SPD film glass installation at Indiana University............................................................................ 84

Figure 39. Schematic of Cromalite SPD film................................................................................................... 85

Figure 40 PDLC schematic.............................................................................................................................. 90

Figure 41, Schematic of PDLC film and self-adhesive PDLC film.................................................................. 91

Figure 42 Smart glass made with polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) technology................................ 94

Figure 43 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2027, million USD............................. 95

Figure 44 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by market, million USD.......... 97

Figure 45 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2027, by region, million USD........... 98

Figure 46. e-Tint® cell in the (a) OFF and in the (b) ON states...................................................................... 99

Figure 47 Bestroom Smart VU film................................................................................................................ 101

Figure 48. Application of Magic Glass in office............................................................................................. 103

Figure 49. Installation schematic of Magic Glass.......................................................................................... 104

Figure 50 Micro-blinds schematic.................................................................................................................. 115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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