On March 16, 2015 the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $2.5 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support commercialization of SWITCH Materials’ technology in automotive glazing. When integrated into automobile sunroofs and windows, SWITCH’s active control smart film can reduce the need for energy intensive air conditioning in vehicles, by preventing the build-up of solar heat gain inside the vehicle cabin. By reducing the energy consumed for air conditioning, SWITCH film can lower the overall vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, and extend the battery range of electric vehicles.
SWITCH is supported on the project by consortium partners General Motors and Guardian Glass. Read the full press release from SDTC here.