Discover Halio: AGC Glass Europe’s new interactive windows and walls

Halio™ is a smart-tinting glass that tints to shades of neutral grey to deliver sun blocking, anti-glare protection and privacy – automatically or on demand – while looking like ordinary glass. It incorporates the latest advanced technology to deliver the world’s most powerful and responsive natural light management system. With its intuitive user interface, Halio ushers in an era of interactive windows and walls for homes and commercial buildings.

Instantly transforming rooms into sanctuaries of natural light, offering comfort, privacy, and a greater sense of well-being

Halio is the first smart-tinting technology to deliver a product that is truly indistinguishable from ordinary clear glass. With its uniform tinting and real-time responsiveness, Halio gives architects and designers a versatile product to create more stunning interiors and exteriors while meeting state and national energy efficiency mandates. Halio’s neutral grey tints are compatible with any colour palette or style of home or building.
Halio can be programmed to respond to the weather, time or the sun’s position during the day. It can also be manually operated – with voice commands or intuitive wall mounted controls. Tinting begins instantly, and Halio offers the flexibility of stopping mid-programme when a desired shade is achieved. In large floor-to-ceiling windows, the darkest shade of grey is achieved in less than five minutes.
In its darkest state, Halio provides privacy levels not possible with traditional glass. When used for interior walls, Halio creates flexible, light-filled, open rooms that can become private on demand, a perfect solution for conference rooms and private offices.

Easy-to-use natural light management system

Natural light is one of the most sought-after features in homes and offices alike, and consequently more and more glass is featured in architectural designs. But more glass can lead to too much sunlight (heat, glare, damaged interiors) and compromise our privacy. To date, we’ve controlled sunlight and privacy with blinds and shades. With Halio, window treatments and coverings become stylistic considerations rather than necessities.
Halio smart-tinting glass gives homeowners and building occupants complete control of when and how much natural light to let into their living and work spaces. Halio windows can tint independently or in groups.
Halio is designed to be as easy to use as a light switch. It’s a standalone system that gives users multiple control options – a mobile app and sleekly-designed wall mount controls. It can also be activated by voice commands. Featuring bank-level encryption and security provisions, Halio integrates seamlessly with popular home and building management systems (BMS).
Halio is ideal for homeowners who want to maintain a constant connection with the outdoors without compromising control, privacy or energy efficiency, as well as for building owners who want to provide their occupants with light-filled, open spaces that inspire and promote wellness.
Halio is not just another smart-tinting glass: it is a new experience that will magically capture all the benefits of natural light and keep people connected with their environment, while neutralising all the excessive aspects of the sun” says Jean-François Heris, President of Building & Industrial Glass Company.

AGC teams up with Kinestral Technologies
Halio is the fruit of a strategic partnership with Kinestral Technologies (US) started six months ago. Apart from combining the know-how of the companies involved, the partnership is also financial, industrial and commercial. AGC has acquired a financial stake, while the two partners are collaborating in building a large-scale production plant and combining their marketing networks, thus exploiting their geographical complementarity.

The industrialisation phase will start in early 2017, with Halio available at the start of 2018. Halio will be unveiled for the first time in Europe at the BAU fair (Munich, Germany, 16-21 January 2017) to a selected audience.


Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Lets go ....
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Let
Source: AGC Glass Europe