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More transmission in damp weather with Smart Glass:

New greenhouse glass claims to allow more light in autumn and winter

In autumn and winter, the sun is lower on the horizon than in summer. In addition, the glass in the greenhouse is condensed a large part of the day. SmartGlass, of Glascom Tuinbouw, claims to adapt effortlessly to these changing conditions. During dark periods, the glass ensures higher light transmission in the greenhouse. SmartGlass is now available for the Dutch market.

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.

Hydrophilic and fine surface structure
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.

More information:
Glascom Tuinbouw
Honderdland 30 
2676 15 Maasdijk 
Postbus 22
2670 AA Naaldwijk 
Tel. (0174) 510 082