Glass Companies Join U.S.-India Venture
April 24, 2012

by Sahely Mukerji,

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the selections for three consortia that will make up the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center: Solar Energy, 2nd Generation Biofuels and Energy Efficiency of Buildings.

Joining the consortia from within the industry are: Saint Gobain Corp./Sage Electrochromics of Faribault, Minn., as part of the U.S. team, and Asahi India Glass and Saint Gobain Corp. as part of the Indian team in the Energy Efficiency of Buildings consortium. This consortium will focus on the integration of information technology with building controls and physical systems for commercial and high-rise residential buildings.

"Asahi India Glass' (AIG) participation in this research initiative will be mutually beneficial, in the sense that we will be able to add immense value to this group drawing from our experience in terms of handling glazing requirements for such projects in the country and also providing solutions to the client not just in terms of products but one that also includes processing, performance and right selection," says Kenichi Oda of the corporate communications division of Asahi Glass Co. "AIG will be able to draw benefits from this association as we will be able to bring to the table the various hurdles, misconception and bottlenecks that cause the misuse of glass and take the help of this research center to find solutions for the same."

AIG will provide suitable glass products and educate its clients to make sure they choose appropriate glass products and use those products properly so the energy efficiency of the building is not compromised, Oda says.

On the U.S. side, "We are always looking for opportunities in new geographic markets to expand and leverage our electrochromic technology as part of an integrated solution to help capture energy savings and optimize sustainability of the building envelope," says Helen Sanders, vice president of technical business development at Sage.

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