Architectural electrochrome glass

Electrochromic glass can be successfully used not only on vehicles, but also in the interior and exterior of buildings and structures.

Electrochromic glass used for interior glazing is generally used for decorative purposes, e.g. to provide switchable privacy zones when necessary (inspection zones, cash registers, meeting rooms, etc.), as well as to execute designer plans, e.g. for zoning rooms. At the same time, the use of electrochromic glass is safe due to the low DC supply voltage even in wet rooms.

The use of electrochromic glass for glazing facades or as window glass not only gives the building a modern look, but also provides significant cost savings in operation. Electrochromic glass completely blocks ultraviolet radiation, so the interior will not burn out, the rich colors of carpets and furniture will remain bright. Electrochromic glass does not pass infrared radiation, respectively, hot summer room will be heated less, and in cold winter heat will not leave the room through the window apertures.

But the function of controlled glass dimming is especially important. So at sunny noon it is simply enough to darken the glass and save the person in the room from the excessively bright sun that interferes with work, for example on a computer or watching TV. In the evening, you can uncolor the glass and postpone switching on the artificial lighting, which also brings significant savings.

Electrochromic glass unit in a window
Window with electrochromic glass unit

In extremely northern regions, where people do not experience excess sunlight, electrochromic glass also finds its application. The dimming system will help cope with insomnia caused by long polar summers when the sun has not left the sky for months.

Facade electrochromic glazing will not be superfluous also to provide additional privacy. The function is in demand not only for commercial, but also for domestic applications. It is not a secret that residents or workers of the first and second floors of buildings often become objects of surveillance and at certain points it is necessary to provide protection from the view of others.

Electrochromic Glass Octoglass can be produced to customer's individual order with any shade. Main colours available:

RGB(33, 33)
RGB(17, 33, 50)
RGB(42, 22, 46)
RGB(10, 44, 46)
RGB(28, 28, 46)

Colors by RGB% model taken from real production Oktoglass

Octoglass produces architectural glass of different shapes and tint colors. And thanks to the developed corporate control system, electrochromic glazing can be flexibly implemented in the control system of "Smart House".

Electrochromic glazing for other means of transport

Electrochromic glass may not be used on cars only. Such glazing can be used on any vehicle where protection from the bright sun, glare, lack of haze and optical distortion is required. Where it is necessary to darken the glass for comfort, and when it is necessary to completely turn off the tinting and get full light output.

Electrochromic glass is used in water transport, from light pleasure yachts to Northern Fleet vessels, where it is necessary to provide comfort when navigating through the ice.

Variable light transmission glass based on electrochromism is used in aviation to provide additional comfort in the passenger cabin and meet safety requirements during takeoffs and landings.

Electrochromic glass for RZD passenger coach at Pro-movement 2019
Electrochromic glass for RZD passenger coach at Pro-movement 2019

Rail transport is similarly not bypassed. In passenger cars, electrochromic glass proves its status in the best possible way; instead of dusty curtains, you can protect yourself from the bright sun and annoying paparazzi with just one press of a button.

Electrochromic technologies on guard of life

Bulletproof glass is used not only on military vehicles, but also in the glazing of protected civilian vehicles. Unfortunately, attacks with the use of firearms or explosives for a certain category of people (officials, executives of large companies, well-known and famous people) still occur and the use of protected vehicles is required to protect the life and health of the latter. Typically, an armoured vehicle protects against the firing of a large-calibre machine gun or sniper rifle and has glazing of about 4 centimeters or thicker.

But even in an armored car people want maximum comfort. Here comes to the rescue bulletproof glass, combined with the technology of electrochrome glass Octoglass.

The application of electrochrome technology in bulletproof glazing has the same advantages as electrochromic glazing for motor vehicles: additional comfort and safety, both during the day and at night. But, in a protected vehicle, it is often necessary to protect people in the front seat as well, to make them invisible from the outside. In this case, electrochromic tinting will help. At the right moment, the glass can be tinted and the potential attacker will not know how many people are in the protected car and where they are directly located. At the same time, at dusk, the glass can be tinted and the driving itself can be secured.

The electrochromic layer can be placed in any part of the bulletproof glass unit. When placed in the outer layer, the total thickness of bulletproof glass is additionally hidden.

But electrochromic technology is not only used on civilian protected vehicles. The technology is also used on military vehicles, primarily to ensure reliable light masking of protected vehicles. Such a problem is very relevant, since the use of conventional curtains, which can be carelessly curtained or simply torn, threatens to disguise and then destroy the vehicle.

BRG bulletproof glass with electrochrome tint Oktoglass at IDEX 2019
BRG bulletproof glass with electrochromic tint by Octoglass at IDEX 2019

In 2019, Octoglass together with Magistral Ltd. presented the world's first high-end electrochromic bulletproof glass at the international IDEX exhibition.

Antivandal glass

Tension is constantly increasing in the world, in many cities and in all countries. Street crime, mass demonstrations, riots and even uprisings. Accidentally get in the car in a crowd of heated football young men, upset by the defeat of his team and eager to take out his anger at least on something and someone - the situation is not the most pleasant. And try to take refuge in your car during a road conflict, when the attacker has a mount, an injured gun or a baseball bat? Normal car glazing will not protect or save. In 1-2 strikes, you can break a regular car window and break into a car.

Not everybody needs bulletproof glazing, not everybody is hunted by hitmen with sniper rifles, but only vandal-proof glazing of a car can help from conflict situations on the road, from the attack of an angry crowd, from attacks of intruders in the parking lot. Such glazing is successfully used not only on private cars, but also on special services cars, primarily police cars.

Vandal-proof car glass combines a resistant plastic that provides a protective function with silicate glass to provide scratch and environmental protection. Vandal-proof glass is slightly thicker, the current thickness depends on the protection class than the original car glass, but provides much greater protection. Such glass, like any glass in principle, can be broken, but thanks to the protective features of plastic, it is very difficult to break through and penetrate into the interior. If you try to penetrate the interior of the car by breaking glass, it remains in the aperture and sprinkles small glass fragments and glass dust on the attacker. While inside the vehicle, all valuables and people remain safe and unharmed.

Test of vandal-proof glass by hand, axe
Internal test of vandal-proof glass by axe

Antivandal glass is able to resist penetration and penetration into the car for tens of minutes even when using such tools as sledgehammers, baseball bits, stones of various calibers. The plastic used in the construction of glass can absorb impacts from objects and absorb them. It is because of this effect that vandal-proof glass provides enhanced resistance against penetration into the car.

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