The principle of the structure of ECONTROL® is the same as that of traditional solar control or thermal control glass. With ECONTROL® the outer pane of an insulating glass is replaced by an electrochromic laminated pane. This basic construction is shown in the illustration below and can be combined with additional functions such as security glazing and fall protection etc.
The functionality of the switchable solar control glazing is achieved by combining it with an electronic control unit.
With EControl®, we have developed a glass which is variable in its light- and energy transmittance.
Our glass adapts to the daily and seasonal variations in the outside conditions by adopting a pleasant blue colour. The amount of solar energy entering the building thus becomes controllable and overheating in the summer is significantly reduced. The ability to see through the glass is always maintained. The reduction in glare means that conventional shading is normally no longer necessary.
Our know-how is based on almost 20 years of development and on a wealth of experience with modern sheet glass technology.
In 2006 we transferred our know-how to an independent company via an MBO. Private investors and experienced managers from the sheet glass industry also joined as directors.
Since September 2009 we have been based in Plauen in the Vogtland, a region with longstanding industrial traditions. Here, we have industrialized our EControl technology and will extend and develop it further over the coming years.
Of course, our own building is also fitted with EControl®.