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This chapter focuses on the use of glass and new glass technologies for a sustainable future. It covers existing and future developments in window coatings for energy conservation and other purposes. Glass is the ultimate recyclable material as it can be melted and reused – in fact, using preformed glass acts as a catalyst for glass formation and reduces the energy requirements in glass manufacture. Coatings on windows can help reduce energy losses from houses in hot climates and reflect solar gain in hot climates. Glass coatings can also be used to self-clean the environment, reduce friction and to stop glass surfaces fogging. One exciting potential development is the use of these coatings to make photovoltaic devices.

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