A new market research report prepared by NanoMarkets and published by Smart Window Markets – 2012 has earmarked carbon nanotubes as the most likely replacement for current smart window technology.

As reported here before, carbon nanotubes have featured in the story of graphene for some time. Essentially a rolled form of graphene, nanotubes are proving to be at the forefront of developments in many different market sectors, with uses as diverse as nanosized needles for medical use to super light but strong windmill blades. In this latest report carbon nanotube and silver nanostructure inks are suggested as a replacement for the currently dominant ITO technology.

Smart glass can reduce the environmental impact of heating, lighting and air conditioning, and as such is both a planet saver and a potential cost saver for large organisations. From being a market niche in something of a hiatus, the smart windows market is now primed to gather steam. Government initiatives and international green policy objectives are all focused on increasing awareness of energy conservation, green building and fuel efficient transportation. This coupled with the rapid expansion of the addressable markets for smart windows as a result of the accumulation of wealth in China, India and in some degree Latin America has rendered the smart window market a potential market winner.

The report is presented as a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the global smart windows markets, and features traditional passive smart windows alongside the new generation of active electrochromic and thermochromic smart window designs. Key market drivers are described, as well as outlines of the many challenges that exist which make competition in the market a real challenge. An eight-year forecast of shipments and revenues in this lucrative market and an analysis of the most up to date approaches to the market by the top market participants are also included as a supplement to the report.