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IIT Guwahati develops smart window for automatic climate control of buildings

The researchers have designed a smart window material that can effectively control the amount of heat and light passing through it in response to an applied voltage.

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Guwahati: Making a step towards a climate control system in buildings, researchers at IIT Guwahati have developed smart window materials for automatic climate control of the buildings.

The researchers have designed a smart window material that can effectively control the amount of heat and light passing through it in response to an applied voltage.

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Such smart window materials would help to develop efficient automatic climate control systems in buildings.

The results of their study have recently been published in the journal, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells.

Dr Debabrata Sikdar, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and research scholar, Ashish Kumar Chowdhary has designed a smart window material.

The team has designed smart window ‘glasses’ using noble metals as well as their relatively inexpensive alternatives that can dynamically control the intensity of transmitted solar radiation, depending upon the weather/climate condition, a press statement from IIT Guwahati stated.

The primary consumption of energy in buildings is by the climate control system, in which energy-consuming devices are used to maintain comfortable indoor temperature and brightness. The developed materials will help in designing smart climate control systems in buildings to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

“There has been increased attention to sustainable architectural designs for better light and heat management in buildings in recent years, and deploying smart windows is the first step for such structures”, said Dr Sikdar.

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