Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • Pleotint LLC announced a distribution agreement with Innovative Glass Corp., under which Innovative Glass will incorporate Pleotint’s Suntuitive interlayer technology into its proprietary SolarSmart Glass insulating glass unit.Pleotint reports that the Suntuitive interlayer is North America’s first commercially available window interlayer for laminated glass that gradually darkens in response...
  • After receiving sufficient evidence that Chinese solar glass producers may be dumping their products in the European Union at below market value, the European Commission launched an investigation, according to a Reuters report.The Reuters report cites last month's complaint from EU ProSun Glass group, led by EU sector leader GMB of Germany, in response to a four-fold increase of Chinese exports...
  • Photovoltaics manufacturer and project developer Centrosolar plans to dispose of its solar glass operations due to falling market prices and sales volumes, according to a PVTech report. In February, the company said it would start a restructuring plan for its glass business, aimed at halting declining revenues. The main determining factor for Centrosolar's final decision to end glass operations...
  • To curb dumping from several Chinese solar panel companies, the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed 31 percent tariffs on the products, according to a May 18 article from the Wall Street Journal. The action came in response to a complaint by the U.S. unit of German firm SolarWorld AG and a half-dozen other solar-energy companies. The Commerce Department determined that the Chinese...
  • The U.S. Senate passed the Buy American Solar Amendment Thursday night, Dec. 1, as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, ensuring that "Buy American" requirements apply to all photovoltaic devices that supply power to Department of Defense property or facilities, according to a same-day release from Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), who co-sponsored the amendment with Sen. Charles...
  • Xinyi Glass Holdings has postponed the Hong Kong listing of its solar glass unit, Xinyi Solar Holdings Ltd., according to a Nov. 17 article from the Wall Street Journal. Officials attribute the decision to market volatility and the European debt crisis. 
  • PPG Industries has activated a new 4,800-watt solar system, currently equipped with two 10-module arrays featuring Solarphire PV photovoltaic glass and Solarphire AR anti-reflective glass, at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa., according to an Oct. 4 company release.  
  • Southwall Technologies Inc. and Pleotint LLC announced, Sept. 27, the world's first installation of high-performance insulating glass combining Southwall's Heat Mirror suspended-film technology with Pleotint's Sunlight Responsive Thermochromic  technology. Manufactured by Southwall Insulating Glass and installed at Pleotint's corporate headquarters in West Olive, Mich., the product...
  • The 2011 Solar Decathlon, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, kicked off Sept. 23 in the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal...
  • During the solar seminar, Sept. 14, at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Steve Coonen, BIPV consultant and principal, PV Glassworks, Grass Valley, Calif., introduced a transparent photovoltaic glass. Saf-Glas, www.energyglass.com, developed the laminated glass product, which uses nanoparticles to redirect portions of the light spectrum to the edge of the glass, which is lined...
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  • The Dwyer Group Inc., parent company of numerous service-based franchise brands including Glass Doctor, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations, according to company...
  • C.R. Laurence Co. announced the September opening of a new 150,000-square-foot CRL-U.S. Aluminum Super Center in Secaucus, N.J., located less than a mile from the company’s previous New York Tri-State area site. The Super Center more than doubles the supplier's footprint in the region, and furthers the company’s North American expansion, targeting the East Coast.The Super Center will include CRL'...
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