Fraunhofer CSE Helps to Develop Energy Efficient Window Thermal Control for ARPA-E SHIELD Project

On May 18th 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $31 million in funding for 14 projects as part of ARPA-E’s newest program: Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Design (SHIELD). SHIELD project teams are developing innovative window coatings and windowpanes that could significantly improve the energy efficiency of existing single-pane windows in commercial and residential buildings.

ARPA-E has awarded one of these projects to a team led by Triton Systems, Inc. based in Chelmsford, MA. As part of this team, Fraunhofer CSE and partners are developing a multilayered coating for manufactured windowpanes that could improve the efficiency of single-pane window units. The technology consists of a low emissivity nanocomposite film that transmits light better and costs less than commercially available window films. The coating also includes a mesoporous innerlayer to provide thermal insulation. The team will enhance the pane’s durability by incorporating a nanocomposite edge seal on anti-reflection soda lime float glass.

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Lindsey Dillon is Fraunhofer CSE’s Marketing Manager. She is responsible for all marketing collateral and CSE’s outreach and social media communications.
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