VA products and services
Our products are at the heart of modern architecture and play a beneficial role in addressing some of the major environmental challenges of buildings.
On average, buildings account for around 50 percent of the energy consumed in developed economies. The correct choice of glass can help to reduce the capital outlay, running costs and associated carbon emissions of buildings.
Thermal insulation and solar control
Our products play a vital role in addressing global building energy-efficiency challenges and reducing CO2 emissions.
In cold climates, low-emissivity (low-e) coated glasses like Pilkington Energy Advantage™ reflect heat back into the building and reduce heat loss through the window, while allowing high levels of valuable free passive solar energy to heat buildings without significant loss in natural light.
In hot climates, the reliance on air conditioning is mitigated through the use of advanced solar control coated glass that transmits the majority of the sun’s visible light into buildings, while reflecting up to 75 percent of the solar heat and reducing glare.
Glass for photovoltaics
During its life cycle, a solar panel can generate over 15 times the energy used in its manufacture. NSG’s glass is an integral part of thin-film solar modules produced by leading companies in the solar energy industry.
As a technology leader in glass coatings and low-iron compositions, our products are helping our customers to manufacture increasingly efficient modules. Our anti-reflective coatings help maximize solar energy transmittance and NSG TEC™, a Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO), is part of the system that generates an electrical current.
Our advanced Automotive glazing is used to improve the safety, efficiency and comfort of the vehicles we drive.
We are working across all our markets from cars to trains and tractors, to help customers develop new vehicles that are greener by design. Glass in vehicles offers more properties than simple transparency; consideration also needs to be given to acoustics, stiffness, weight, sealing, safety systems and solar control. We have also supplied glass for use in automotive photovoltaic roof systems to help reduce their reliance on conventional energy sources.
Our vehicle-glazing can provide advanced solar control properties by absorbing or reflecting infra-red energy from the sun. Approximately 30 percent of the heat loading on a car’s interior comes through the windshield. Control of heat energy entering vehicles directly impacts air-conditioning usage leading to additional energy consumption and CO2 output. Windshield replacement provides an opportunity to improve the energy consumption of the vehicle by using Pilkington’s EZ-KOOL® or NSG Angelguard99 that reduce the heat loading on a vehicle’s interior and filter up to 99 percent of UV rays.
The importance of environmentally friendly vehicles is growing as consumers are demanding ever more energy-efficient models. Lighter-weight designs are an essential part of reducing vehicle CO2 emissions and improving their energy efficiency. Our in-house developments for glass-shaping technology make it possible for vehicle manufacturers to reduce the mass of glass components by up to 25 percent.
Our glass technologies are used to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of products across a diverse range of market segments.
Glass as a high-tech material offers many opportunities being light, strong, fire retardant, non-conductive and resistant to chemicals. Our patented products are used in transmission belts to improve fuel consumption, LED printers that use less energy to operate, and coatings to protect the longevity of our buildings and equipment. Our expertise in the manufacture of ultra-thin float glass is allowing the development of the next generation of touch-screen devices.
Glass cord engine timing belts
NGF, who produce the Group’s advanced glass cord technology, is enabling the automotive industry to develop the next generation of energy-efficient vehicles.
The technology is primarily used in engine timing belts and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) systems to reduce fuel consumption and improve CO2 emissions.
NGF’s HTS (High Tensile Strength) glass cords significantly improve belt flexibility and stretch resistance. This advanced technology has been successfully incorporated into innovative ‘Belt in Oil’ systems that further improve engine refinement. The system delivers the quietness and more efficient running of a belt but with the durability of a conventional timing chain. Furthermore, the belt is capable of remaining in service for the life of the engine.
The NSG Group is leading the development of advanced glass materials for use as battery separators in the next generation of batteries that support society’s infrastructure and help to solve environmental issues.
Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) separators are used in a wide range of infrastructure applications including wind farms, data centers and communication stations. Polyethylene (PE) glass separators are often used for Idling Stop & Start(ISS) batteries in cars to improve their CO2 emissions and fuel economy. Our Super Glass Paper (SGP) technology with a 20μm thickness and >85 percent porosity is supporting the development of the next generation of Lithium ion Batteries.