Solar Glazing Growth
Expected Throughout Next Five Years
August 17, 2010
This July, at the Glass Association of
North America's (GANA) Solar Symposium,
it was stated that industry forecasters
are predicting that solar glazing could
account for 10 to 20 percent of flat glass
sales by the year 2015, according to Wayne
Boor, manager of solar technology transfer
at PPG Industries.
Boor compared the rise of solar glazing
to the rise of auto glass in the 1900's.
Before 1900 almost all flat glass that
was manufactured was for installation
into architectural projects, but by the
1940's 25 percent of manufactured glass
was for automobiles. Boor anticipates
that the industry will see a similar trend
when it comes to solar glazing.
Boor went on to say that he sees companies,
like PPG, taking the initiative to work
together with those in the industry to
develop new technology to improve energy
efficiency, including making glass substrates
more transparent to solar energy. Also,
in terms of new technology Boor foresees
the popularity of self-cleaning solar
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