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Recent progress in electrochromics and thermochromics: A brief survey
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics.
2016 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 614, 90-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary architecture is characterized by large glazings, which are able to accomplish good indoors-outdoors contact and daylighting. However, glazings, encompassing windows and glass facades, are challenging with regard to energy efficiency and often lead to excessive solar energy ingress and to large thermal losses, which must be balanced by energy-demanding cooling or heating. Cooling, especially, has grown strongly in importance during recent years. Emerging technologies utilizing thermochromics and electrochromics allow control of the inflow of visible light and solar energy and thereby produce better energy efficiency than traditional glazings employing static solutions. Thermochromic thin films, based on vanadium dioxide, let through less solar energy at high temperature than at low temperature, whereas electrochromic devices include thin films-usually based on tungsten oxide and nickel oxide-that can change their transmittance of solar energy and visible light upon the application of a voltage. It is important that electrochromics, and to some degree thermochromics, can enhance indoor comfort and lead to better living and working conditions. The present brief review covers a number of recent advances in thermochromics and electrochromics with a view to applications in energy-efficient buildings.

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2016. Vol. 614, 90-96 p.
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Electrochromics, Thermochromics, Energy efficiency, Buildings, Oxide thin films
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Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268234DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2016.02.029ISI: 000381033200011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268234DiVA: diva2:876266
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The 9th International Conference on the Science and Technology for Advanced Ceramics (STAC-9), and The 9th Symposium on Transparent Oxides and Related Materials for Electronics and Optics (TOEO-9), Tsukuba, Japan, October 19-21
Available from: 2015-12-03 Created: 2015-12-03 Last updated: 2017-10-30Bibliographically approved

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