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Interactive Smart Windows for Efficient Energy Buildings

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Energy used in the buildings including lighting and energy demand to heat/cool consumes 40% of global energy. In Europe, on average 41% of produced energy is used within buildings. Moreover, buildings are responsible for one third of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Building energy performance improvement is consequently an important part of European Union (EU) 2020 and 2030 energy targets to meet EU Kyoto Protocol commitments for CO2 emissions reduction. As part of this energy saving, adopting building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and building applied photovoltaics (BAPV) is increasingly important. BIPV use was estimated at 2.3 GW in 2015 compared to 1.5 GW in 2014. Europe (41.7%) and USA dominate global BIPV installation. Daylight control can be effectively managed through switchable windows which can adjust the transparency level to block or allow sunlight in to the building.

The aim of the project is to develop a switchable window using electro-chromic materials and test them under different conditions. The prototype will be developed based on electricity free electro-chromic window by incorporating PV element into the window. The main objectives are
- A selection/development of an electro-chromic sample and test it under different conditions of voltage and frequency.
- Development of a driver circuit for efficient control of the sample transparency.
- Thermal and Electrical assessment of the sample to obtain the power needs and heat transfer (U-value).
- Developing a smart window with embedded electro-chromic material to conduct some energy consumption test for a sample building
- Develop a smart control algorithm to provide a commercial solution for such technology to be interactive with people inside the buildings and their needs.


The Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) is a dynamic interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to addressing industrial problems through the application of fundamental science and engineering. For information about MERI please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/specialisms/materials-and-engineering-research-institute

Application deadline: applicants accepted all year round with enrolments during September, February (January on website) and May

Duration: 4 years full time, 7 years part time.

Funding Notes

Funding Status: there is no funding attached to this project. The applicant will need to fund their own tuition fees, research costs and living expenses.

For information about how to apply, entry requirements, tuition fees and other costs please visit View Website

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