Innovation and development of anti-pollution glass with frequency-selective surfaces.
Universidad de Zaragoza, Ariño Duglass
The FOTOFREC (PHOTOFREQ, loosely translated) project seeks to solve two very different challenges, namely the reduction of air pollution and the reduction of the obstruction of mobile phone frequency signals. It does this through research and development into innovative anti-pollution (PHOTOcatalytic) glazing with selective FREQueny surfaces.
Today the primary component used in glazing is soda-lime glass, which is very transparent and chemically stable. Solar control and low-emission coatings are applied to the glass as one technique to improve energy insulation. These layers are made of metals that reflect the sun’s radiation. They do have the drawback, however, of obstructing the transmission of mobile phone frequencies. To overcome this issue and improve communication inside rail vehicles, we seek to develop frequency-selective surfaces that allow a given range of frequencies to pass through the coated glass.
Air pollution is a global environmental concern and causes serious damage to people’s health and to ecosystems. To help reduce air pollution, we seek to design glass with photocatalytic properties that will help eliminate harmful gaseous pollutants, using solar energy and water.
Project funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation:
ARIÑO DUGLASS, HQ
Pol. ind. Royales Bajos, s/n. 50171 La Puebla de Alfindén Zaragoza, Spain