Glascom Tuinbouw from Maasdijk is a Dutch supplier of horticultural glass and is the exclusive partner of DA Glass, with offices in Poland and the United States. DA Glass developed a new type of diffused glass based on tempered glass. Glascom Tuinbouw brings the glass exclusively on the market under the name Smart Glass.
SmartGlass has some nifty features compared to traditional horticultural glass. For one thing, the glass has a very fine surface structure, so dirt won’t stick to it. Furthermore, the glass is hydrophilic: condensation doesn’t form droplets, but a thin layer that seeps down into the gutter.
More transmission in damp weather
The biggest innovation of SmartGlass is the adaptive haze property. A patented adaptation of the base glass creates a diffuse light distribution. The haze is decreased as the glass is moist, but at the same time, the glass is brighter and the light-transmission rises more than a few percentage points, in contrast to other glass products. This way, SmartGlass realizes light gain in periods that extra light is highly desirable, namely in autumn and winter.
'Winter light greenhouse'
Glascom Tuinbouw, with SmartGlass, is one of the consortium partners in the 'Winter light greenhouse', a research project of Wageningen UR. The aim of this project is to develop a greenhouse that has maximum light transmission, precisely during the period between October and April, so as to achieve high crop production at low investment costs and low energy consumption.