The SMARTBLIND project aims at developing an Energy Efficient Smart Window including a hybrid film constituted of an electrochromic LC film and a photovoltaic film both printed on the same long-lasting flexible substrate. The realization process will be implemented thanks to electrochromic and photovoltaic inks especially formulated to be ink-jet printed.
A reduction of the windows U-value down to 0.3 W/m².K is targeted by combining the hybrid film to an appropriate window frame.
An important part of the SmartBlind project will furthermore be devoted to the related parts, such as connectors and film control, sustainability, life cycle and recyclability.
More particularly, the SmartBlind consortium has defined 4 main objectives:
The main steps of the work plan include:
Expected energy savings will be examined. Producing the hybrid flexible film and the windows (simple or multiple panes) will allow reaching new building market as well as renovation market.
The consortium is SME driven. Universities and research centers as well as end user support the research part. The multidisciplinary team gathers 13 partners from 7 EU countries."