Research Support Specialist, USA
The global self-cleaning window market is predicted to witness high volume by 2023, according to a report available on Million Insights. It is anticipated to exhibit a healthy CAGR over the forecast period (2018 to 2023). Rising demand for solar panels in commercial and residential buildings for electricity and hot water is anticipated to propel market growth. Around 40 percent efficiency of solar panels gets affected due to accumulation of dirt and other materials. Self-cleaning windows are expected to improve operational efficiency solar panels.
In addition, growing adoption of environment-friendly technologies to control air and water pollution is also expected to impel market growth. Self-cleaning glasses are aimed to reduce consumption of water and other chemicals for cleaning purposes. Moreover, rising focus on appearance and aesthetics of buildings will drive the market over the forecast period. Tall buildings such as skyscrapers require regular cleaning to maintain their aesthetic appeal.
Self-cleaning windows refers to low maintenance glass having thin layer of chemical that offers hydrophilic and photolytic properties. Thin layer of titanium oxide is deposited on the glass to make it glare and fog resistant. The deposited material undergoes chemical reactions on glass surface to break dirt and other particles into smaller pieces. Though, there is no change in basic acoustic, mechanical, and thermal properties of glass due to application of foreign chemical. The glass is aimed to address problems related to maintenance. There are few places which are hard to reach for manual cleaning such as exterior shop fronts and facades. Self-cleaning windows are perfect to cover such as areas and to reduce manual work.
Major application variants of self-cleaning windows are residential construction, non-residential construction, automobile, solar panels, and smartphones. Residential construction segment is anticipated to hold highest market share over the forecast period. This is attributed to increasing number of construction activities in Asia Pacific and North America regions.
To cater to rising demand for self-cleaning glass, manufacturing companies and research institutes are investing in R&D to develop innovative products. For instance, Saint Gobain provides low maintenance self-cleaning glass range called BIOCLEAN. There is transparent layer of hydrophilic and photocatalytic mineral material onto glass. The product is aimed for external use in residential buildings such as balconies, conservatories, and overhead glazing.
Some of the key players operating in the self-cleaning window market are Clear Glass Solutions, Foshan Qunli Glass Company Limited, Saint-Gobain SA., Wuxi Yaopi Glass Engineering Co., Ltd., and ZNG Glass Company Limited.