30 Jun '14, 7pm

Merck Buys Peer+ for Smart Window Glass-LCD Tech Combo

Merck Buys Peer+ for Smart Window Glass-LCD Tech Combo

Electrochromic glass -- glass that can tint, dim or reflect light based on sunlight level or electronic control -- have been the energy-saving window material of the future for years now. So far, however, the technology has only had small-scale uptake , with factors such as cost, complexity of installation, and uncertain measures of return on investment rendering it a hard sell. In the meantime, startups such as View (formerly Soladigm ) have collected hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, along with a series of strategic partnerships with big window and glass makers like U.S. giant Guardian Industries and France’s Saint-Gobain, which bought startup Sage in 2012. Pharmaceutical giant Merck doesn’t seem to fit into that strategic partner profile. But as the world’s biggest maker of the materials that go into liquid crystal displays (LCDs), it does have an interesti...

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