Transparent Wood Cheaper, more E-friendly than Glass
|Source: American Chemical Society KTH Transparent Wood|
New Innovation from Sweden's KTH
This is important innovation in materials science. Researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a transparent, synthetic wood that can store and release heat. The material is transparent. It's an inexpensive alternative to glass used in windows and solar panels. Their innovation was just presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Orlando, FL.
Building on KTH Research
This is an important iteration on a research theme and results achieved by KTH. They previously created a transparent wood by cutting the lignin from the cell walls of balsa wood and combined that with plexiglass.
New Transparent Wood
They've now added the phase change polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG) to the wood fiber and plexiglass mixture. The result: material that absorbs heat and stores energy that it releases as it cools. This is highly effective insulating building material that is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than glass, concrete and plastic. The researchers say it maintains a consistently comfortable temperature in a house. They plan to deliver a commercialized version within five years.