The Global Market for Smart Glass and Smart Windows 2021-2031

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Published June 2021 | 135 pages, 30 tables, 50 figures | Table of contents

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. With a potential trillion dollar global addressable market, 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 and smart windows 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, sunroofs, glazing)

 

Market growth is driven by energy efficiency, regulations, health and comfort and smart buildings. The Global Market for Smart Glass and Smart Windows 2021-2031 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 glass and 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. Companies profiled include View, Halio, SageGlass, Nodis Pte Ltd., Gauzy, Research Frontiers, Miru Smart Technologies and many more. 
  • Historical data, and  forecasts (from 2015 to 2031) 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
    • 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 smart windows industry.
  • Regional analysis of smart glass and smart windows industry.

 

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, 2015-2031            20
    • 1.2.3      Competitive landscape  21
  • 1.3          Global manufacturers    23
  • 1.4          Routes to market             24
  • 1.5          Smart glass and windows revenues by markets, 2014-2031            26
    • 1.5.1      Residential and commercial glazing          29
    • 1.5.2      Automotive windows and glass  30
  • 1.6          Smart glass and windows revenues by technology, 2014-2031      31
  • 1.7          Smart glass and windows revenues by region, 2014-2031                33
  • 1.8          Market and technical challenges               34
  • 1.9          Future of smart glass      36
    • 1.9.1      Need for innovation        36
    • 1.9.2      Reducing costs  37
    • 1.9.3      Integration with building systems/Internet of things (IoT)              37
    • 1.9.4      Energy efficiency and regulations in buildings      38
    • 1.9.5      Photovoltaic smart glass                38
    • 1.9.6      Smart building integration            39
    • 1.9.7      Faster switching times   39
    • 1.9.8      Applications in healthcare            40
    • 1.10        Market investments       41

 

2              AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY    42

 

3              RESEARCH METHODOLOGY         43

 

4              INTRODUCTION 44

  • 4.1          What is smart glass?       44
  • 4.2          Smart windows 44
  • 4.3          Types of smart glass        45
    • 4.3.1      Passive smart glass          45
    • 4.3.2      Active smart glass            45
  • 4.4          Comparison of smart glass technologies 46
  • 4.5          Nanomaterials in smart glass       46

 

5              SWOT ANALYSIS               48

 

6              ELECTROCHROMIC SMART GLASS             49

  • 6.1          Technology description 49
    • 6.1.1      Materials             50
      • 6.1.1.1   Inorganic metal oxides  51
      • 6.1.1.2   Organic EC materials       51
      • 6.1.1.3   Nanomaterials  51
  • 6.2          Benefits               52
  • 6.3          Shortcomings    52
  • 6.4          Markets               53
    • 6.4.1      Residential and commercial windows      53
    • 6.4.2      Automotive        54
      • 6.4.2.1   Mirrors 54
  • 6.4.3      Aerospace          56
  • 6.4.4      Sunglasses and visors     57
  • 6.4.5      Flexible displays and wearables 57
  • 6.5          Prices    57
  • 6.6          Global revenues               58
  • 6.7          Companies         62

 

7              THERMOCHROMIC SMART GLASS             74

  • 7.1          Technology description 74
  • 7.2          Benefits               75
  • 7.3          Shortcomings    75
  • 7.4          Markets               75
  • 7.5          Prices    77
  • 7.6          Global revenues               77
  • 7.7          Companies         80

 

8              SUSPENDED PARTICLE DEVICE (SPD) SMART GLASS           82

  • 8.1          Technology description 82
  • 8.2          Benefits               82
  • 8.3          Shortcomings    83
  • 8.4          Markets               83
    • 8.4.1      Windows             83
    • 8.4.2      Automotive        85
    • 8.4.3      Aviation               85
  • 8.5          Prices    86
  • 8.6          Global revenues               87
  • 8.7          Companies         91

 

9              POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL SMART GLASS (PDLC)         101

  • 9.1          Technology description 101
    • 9.1.1      Types    103
      • 9.1.1.1   Laminated Switchable PDLC Glass             103
      • 9.1.1.2   Self-adhesive Switchable PDLC Film          103
  • 9.2          Benefits               104
  • 9.3          Shortcomings    104
  • 9.4          Markets               104
    • 9.4.1.1   Interior glass      104
    • 9.4.1.2   Healthcare          106
    • 9.4.1.3   Projection           106
  • 9.5          Prices    107
  • 9.6          Global revenues               107
  • 9.7          Companies         111

 

10           OTHER TECHNOLOGIES  128

  • 10.1        PHOTOCHROMIC SMART GLASS 128
    • 10.1.1    Technology analysis        128
    • 10.1.2    Markets               129
  • 10.2        MICRO-BLINDS 129
    • 10.2.1    Technology analysis        129
    • 10.2.2    Benefits               130
  • 10.3        ELECTROKINETIC GLASS 130
    • 10.3.1    Technology analysis        130
    • 10.3.2    Companies         131

 

11           REFERENCES       132

 

Tables

  • Table 1: Market drivers for smart glass and windows.      15
  • Table 2 Markets for smart glass and windows.    17
  • Table 3: Comparison of smart glass and windows types. 17
  • Table 4: Market structure for smart glass and windows.  21
  • Table 5. Manufacturers of smart film and glass, by type. 23
  • Table 6. Routes to market for smart glass companies.      24
  • Table 7 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2031 by market, million USD.              27
  • Table 8: Technologies for smart windows in buildings.     29
  • Table 9. Smart glass and windows revenues by technology, 2015-2031, million USD.          31
  • Table 10 Smart glass and windows revenues by region, 2015-2031, million USD.  33
  • Table 11 Market and technical challenges for smart glass and windows, by main technology type.               35
  • Table 12. Market investments in smart glass and windows.           41
  • Table 13: Types of passive smart glass.    45
  • Table 14: Types of active smart glass.      45
  • Table 15. Advantages and disadvantages of respective smart glass technologies. 46
  • Table 16 Types of electrochromic materials and applications.       50
  • Table 17 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD.   58
  • Table 18 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, million USD.             59
  • Table 19 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, million USD.              60
  • Table 20 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD.  77
  • Table 21 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, million USD.            78
  • Table 22 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, million USD.             79
  • Table 23 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD.                87
  • Table 24 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, millions USD.     88
  • Table 25 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, millions USD.     90
  • Table 26 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD.       107
  • Table 27 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, million USD. 108
  • Table 28 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, million USD.  109
  • Table 29. Schematic of Magic Glass.         117
  • Table 30: Cross-section of Electro Kinetic Film.    131

 

Figures

  • Figure 1. Productivity and comfort gains achieved through window and ventilation technologies. 15
  • Figure 2 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2031 million USD, conservative estimate.     20
  • Figure 3 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2031 million USD, optimistic estimate.           21
  • Figure 4 Total market revenues for smart glass 2015-2031 by market, million USD.             28
  • Figure 5: Markets for smart windows and glass 2027, %. 31
  • Figure 6. Smart glass and windows revenues by technology, 2015-2031, million USD.        32
  • Figure 7 Regional share of smart glass market 2027, %.   33
  • Figure 8 Smart glass and windows revenues by region, 2015-2031, million USD.   34
  • Figure 9: Nanocrystal smart glass that can switch between fully transparent, heat-blocking, and light-and-heat-blocking modes.               47
  • Figure 10. SWOT analysis of the smart glass and smart windows market. 48
  • Figure 11 Typical setup of an electrochromic device (ECD).            50
  • Figure 12 Electrochromic smart glass schematic. 50
  • Figure 13: Electrochromic smart glass.    53
  • Figure 14: Examples of electrochromic smart windows each in fully coloured (left) and bleached state (right).        54
  • Figure 15  "Infinity" electrochromic mirror.           55
  • Figure 16: Rear-view electrochromic mirrors, off (left image) and on (right image) state.  55
  • Figure 17 Argil electrochromic film laminated between automotive glass for sidelite applications.                56
  • Figure 18 Alteos Interactive Window Systems.    57
  • Figure 19 Argil electrochromic film integrated with polycarbonate lenses.              57
  • Figure 20 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD.  58
  • Figure 21 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, million USD.           60
  • Figure 22 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, millions USD.           62
  • Figure 23. Argil smart glass for buildings.               62
  • Figure 24: CoverLight by Chromogenics. 64
  • Figure 25: Thermochromic smart windows schematic.     75
  • Figure 26: Vertical insulated glass unit for a Suntuitive® thermochromic window. 76
  • Figure 27 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD. 78
  • Figure 28 Global revenues for thermochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, million USD.          79
  • Figure 29 Global revenues for electrochromic smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, million USD.             80
  • Figure 30: SPD smart windows schematic.             82
  • Figure 31. SPD film lamination.   84
  • Figure 32 SPD smart film schematic. Control the transmittance of light and glare by adjusting AC voltage to the SPD Film.      84
  • Figure 33 Mercedes “Magic Sky” sunroof.             85
  • Figure 34. AW101 VVIP helicopter equipped with CROMALITE® windows.              86
  • Figure 35 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD.                88
  • Figure 36 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, millions USD.     89
  • Figure 37 Global revenues for suspended particle devices (SPD), smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, million USD.       90
  • Figure 38. SPD film glass installation at Indiana University.             94
  • Figure 39. Schematic of Cromalite SPD film.          95
  • Figure 40 PDLC schematic.           102
  • Figure 41, Schematic of PDLC film and self-adhesive PDLC film.    103
  • Figure 42 Smart glass made with polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) technology.        105
  • Figure 43 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2031, million USD.      108
  • Figure 44 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by market, million USD.               109
  • Figure 45 Global revenues for PDLC smart glass and windows 2015-2031, by region, million USD. 110
  • Figure 46. e-Tint® cell in the (a) OFF and in the (b) ON states.       112
  • Figure 47. Bestroom Smart VU film.          115
  • Figure 48. Application of Magic Glass in office.    117
  • Figure 49. Installation schematic of Magic Glass. 118
  • Figure 50 Micro-blinds schematic.             130

 

 

 

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