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B.C. invests in smart windows to increase energy efficiency

B.C. invests in smart windows to increase energy efficiency

VANCOUVER – The Government of British Columbia is investing $1 million in a B.C. “smart window” startup.

The $1 million from the province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund will help Vancouver-based Miru Smart Technologies with development of smart-glass electrochromic windows that electronically tint windows to let in more or less light.

The funding will go towards Miru developing product materials, the manufacturing process and building a pre-commercial smart-window manufacturing facility that will produce commercial-sized windows for demonstration, a release said.

“Miru windows will have a massive impact on reducing carbon emissions because the heating and cooling of buildings accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars and airplanes in the world combined. Our windows can improve the energy efficiency of a building by 20 per cent. This funding from the BC ICE Fund will help Miru achieve its goal of eliminating gigatons of CO2 emissions using smarter windows and put much-needed jobs back into the B.C. economy,” Miru Smart Technologies CEO Curtis Berlinguette said in a statement.

The project will enable Miru to integrate its technology with a local glass manufacturer and to produce windows for buildings and the new facility will demonstrate the Miru smart-window manufacturing process and the resources necessary for Miru to license the technology to Canadian and international manufacturers, the release said.

The ICE fund was established in 2007 to support B.C.’s clean-energy sector and supports the production of clean, renewable energy technologies, reducing costs and helping preserve the environment by supporting innovation that lowers the consumption of fossil fuels.

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