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Low-e glass is the go-to solution these days for minimizing energy loss through glazed surfaces. The term "low-e" stands for low emissivity (heat emission), an effect that’s achieved by adding an ultra-thin layer of metal to the glass that doubles up as sun protection. While this process is now standard for glass facades, it hasn’t caught on for other surfaces. And yet buildings located in very sunny regions would benefit more than most from a low-e coating on their facades. After all, reducing the emission level minimizes the amount the building’s interior is heated by thermal radiation, which curbs the need for energy-intensive air conditioning systems.

As part of its active research into nano energy, neoxid GmbH, a spin-off from ODB-Tec GmbH & Co. KG and based in Neuss, Germany, has focused on this topic and is showcasing its innovative process for producing colored low-e coatings for aluminum facades at HANNOVER MESSE 2016. neoxid says its process achieves better absorption and reflection rates than the competition – and it’s the first ever product on the market to offer a whole range of colors. What’s more, this innovative low-e coating can be applied using a cost-effective roll-to-roll method that also makes it supremely corrosion-resistant – far out-stripping conventional PVD coatings. In short, neoxid coatings are robust, durable, fade-resistant and thermally stable. Not only that, but coated profiles can also be turned into adhesive films and then attached to any kind of surface.

neoxid GmbH (41468 Neuss, Germany), Hall 2, Stand B30, co-exhibitor with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWEIMH NRW)