Soladigm Electrochromic Windows Cut Cost through Glass Tinting
Soladigm plans factory for Mississippi to Manufacture Electrochromic Windows
Electrochromic windows have been around in some form since 1989, but due to performance and cost issues, they have not been a truly viable option for building owners until now. Soladigm believes that it has finally conquered the issues associated with electrochromic windows. The company is planning to open a factory in Olive Branch, Mississippi, that will employ approximately 300 people using a $40 million loan and a $4 million grant from the state.
When explaining the function of electrochromic windows, Soladigm CEO Rao Mulpuri compared them to "a building with sunglasses." Electrochromic windows save energy by changing their tint when an electric current is applied. The electrochromic windows that Soladigm is planning to produce commercially consist of a double pane of glass that has a chemical coating on the inside of the outer pane and wires in the frame to apply the electric current. Soladigm's electhrochromic windows can therefore be fully transparent in the morning, allowing more natural light into a building, but tinted in the afternoon, keeping out the hot sun.
These windows are expected to function for 30-50 years before they need to be replaced, and they will not develop a gray tint over time. The higher cost of purchasing and installing Soladigm electrochromic windows would be quickly offset by the energy a building conserves through their use.