A leading solar technology company in Denver, Colorado has been using a Linkam system to study the quality and composition of liquid crystals in their smart energy windows.
These windows automatically control the amount of light, heat and glare that passes through the glass by using a special set of thermochromatic filters made of liquid crystals that change phase dependent on the amount of solar energy exerted on them.
Mr Wilder Inglesias, R&D manager of RavenBrick LLC , has been using a Linkam PE120 system, including an Imaging Station and Linksys 32 software, he said:"We manufacture smart windows based on liquid crystal (LC) technology. The window tints if the temperature is too hot, blocking solar energy from penetrating the building/house and clears when the temperature is low, allowing the sun's energy to heat up the place."
He added: "I love the Linksys32 software and the way it presents the information for past runs. Being a software developer for this type of instrument, I really appreciate its simplicity".
With more companies and homeowners pushing to become 'greener' for both environmental and economic benefits, more research and investment into these smart windows is essential.
By Ricky Patel