Case Study: Research Frontiers Licensee SmartGlass International Installs SPD-SmartGlass in the Studio of ITV Daybreak

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Research Frontiers (Nasdaq: REFR) licensee SmartGlass International has supplied a large area of solar control SPD-SmartGlass(TM) to the studio of “Daybreak,” the breakfast anchor program from ITV, the United Kingdom’s biggest commercial television network. This retrofit installation uses SPD-Smart light-control panels affixed to the interior of the studio’s large existing windows.
Glass industry news source Glass On Web has just published a case study summary of this project which features approximately 100 panels of SPD-SmartGlass. The ITV studio has “a panoramic view of the Thames from Waterloo Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral through 2.5 metre-tall glass windows,” reports Glass On Web. “The new studio’s spectacular view presented its own challenge. Ambient light through the seasons during the early-morning shoots is a backdrop that varies from almost pitch black during winter, to summer when the sun rises directly behind the presenters’ sofas, which are positioned neatly to frame St Paul’s, due east.”
In a “first” for the UK TV broadcast industry, the need to control ambient light levels was solved by SmartGlass International’s solar control SPD-SmartGlass. When discussing the ability of SPD-SmartGlass to attenuate light between its tinted and clear states, Glass On Web reports that “the transition between the two states can be instant or progressive and the transmissive state is completely even across each panel’s surface; ideal, in fact, for the job.”
Daylight harvesting involves the introduction of natural daylight into interior spaces of buildings to reduce energy used for artificial lighting. Research has shown that daylight harvesting strategies can produce annual savings of 35% to 60% on lighting energy. The ITV Daybreak studio faced the challenge of how to control the glass and balance daylight with studio lighting. Chris Patton of Stage Electrics explained the solution: “We installed an ETC Paradigm dimming system with daylight harvesting sensors on the outside of the building, which monitor the sunlight falling on each section of SmartGlass. The system then dynamically adjusts the tint of the glass to balance the amount of ambient light in the studio. For manual operation, we installed touch screen panels in the studio and the control room and finally linked the whole system into the ETC lighting network to allow the SmartGlass to be controlled from the Congo Junior lighting desk.”
More information about the ITV Daybreak project is available from the Glass On Web website.
You can experience SPD-SmartGlass by watching a video of the ITV Daybreak SPD-SmartGlass installation.
In addition to the ITV Daybreak studio project, SmartGlass International also has supplied its SPD-SmartGlass retrofits to five London television studios of the Associated Press. Similar to ITV Daybreak, the goal of the Associated Press studios project was to create a solar control glazing system that would combat the negative effects of direct sunlight, including glare and heat build-up. In addition, SPD-SmartGlass also satisfied the Associated Press specification that the London skyline be a featured backdrop of the studios.
Experience SmartGlass International’s SPD-SmartGlass installation as seen from the London AP Studios overlooking Westminster Abbey and Big Ben and overlooking the London Eye.
Made with patented light-control SPD film developed by Research Frontiers, SPD-SmartGlass is the world’s fastest-switching variably tintable dynamic glazing technology. It is the only dimmable window technology that gives users the ability to instantly and precisely control the level of shading to any point between very dark and clear. This provides exceptional control over solar energy while also adding to user comfort and protecting interiors. Available in both glass and lightweight polycarbonate substrates, SPD-Smart(TM) products – windows, sunroofs, skylights, doors, partitions and more – are laminated glazings that offer a distinctive combination of energy efficiency and security, can be controlled manually or automatically, and are available in custom sizes and fabrications for original equipment, new construction, replacement and retrofit projects.
SmartGlass International is a leading worldwide manufacturer of electronically switchable glass supplied to the commercial, hospitality, healthcare, transport and security, industrial, exhibition and exclusive residential sectors. The company recently tripled its smart glass production capacity with a new factory capable of producing over 400,000 square feet of smart glass per year. This factory, located in Dublin, Ireland, includes state-of-the-art lamination and glass fabrication facilities.
In January, 2011, SmartGlass International Ltd. announced that a new study published by the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge concluded that SPD-Smart light-control windows are exceptionally energy efficient, reducing solar heat gain by as much as 90%. More details about this study are available in the news release.
More information about SPD-SmartGlass from SmartGlass International is available on the company’s website.
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