Our Architectural Products play a vital role in improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. They also offer other advanced functionality, protecting against fire, insulating against noise, safety and security, privacy, decoration and even self-cleaning properties.
Please refer to the "Architectural" website.
Affordable Clean Energy
With our solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power glass range, we help to generate renewable energy reducing CO2 emissions significantly.
Our range of solar glass products includes NSG TEC™ and Pilkington Optiwhite™.
NSG TEC™ is a group of products, including a comprehensive range of TCO glass (Transparent Conductive Oxide coated glass), optimized to suit a variety of thin film photovoltaics (PV) modules.
Pilkington Optiwhite™ is a range of extra clear low-iron float glass products with very high solar transmittance, offering improved solar energy conversion and consistent performances. This range of low-iron glass products is suitable for use in thin film photovoltaics, concentrated solar power technology, solar thermal collectors and solar mirrors.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
NSG Group's broad solar control glass range can help reduce unwanted heat gain to avoid unnecessary energy consumption for air conditioning. And they help to save CO2 across the world with our insulating low emissivity products.
Unwanted heat gain
NSG offers a wide range of products for solar control benefit, for example:
Pilkington Solar-E™ is a range of good solar control performance on-line coated glasses offering low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), low reflectivity, reduced glare and low-emissivity.
The Pilkington Suncool™ Range comprises our highest performing off-line coated, solar control and low-emissivity glass products.
Insulating low emissivity products
NSG improves the energy efficiency of domestic or commercial buildings around the globe, for example:
NSG Spacia™ is a unique Insulating Glass Unit which provides similar or better energy efficiency performance as an IGU unit, but in a much thinner profile, so it can be used in slim frames.
The Pilkington Optitherm™ Range are high performance, off-line coated low-e glass products specially developed for use in Insulating Glass Units (IGUs) to help with energy saving.
The NSG Group's advanced automotive glazing is used to improve the safety, efficiency, and comfort of the vehicles we drive.
The importance of environmentally-friendly vehicles is growing, which is increasing consumer demand in the market. NSG's light-weight designs and solar control glazings are just a few of the ways we are able to contribute to reduced CO2 emissions and improve the overall energy efficiency of the vehicles we drive.
Please refer to the "Automotive" website.
CONSERVING ENERGY THROUGH GLASS TECHNOLOGY
Electric vehicles produce no exhaust emissions so they are able to offer our world a cleaner means of transportation. NSG's solar control and Low-E glass are already used extensively in buildings to improve energy efficiency, and we can offer the same benefits for vehicles. Our vehicle-glazings can provide advanced solar control properties by absorbing or reflecting infra-red energy from the sun. Control of heat energy entering vehicles directly impacts air-conditioning usage leading to reduced energy consumption and CO2 output.
Low-E glazing can provide benefits in cold climate environments by improving vehicle efficiency through a reduction in HVAC usage to extend electric vehicle battery range. NSG offers the best thermal performing product that can be used for monolithic tempered glazing.
Thermal load reduction using Low-E coatings leads to a cooler car in hot climates
Heat retention using Low-E coatings leads to a warm car in cold climates
In hot conditions the privacy coating heats up and minimizes the (re-radiated) heat from entering the vehicle
In cold conditions the coating reflects heat inside the cabin and minimizes its loss from inside the vehicle
Infra-Red Reflective Glazing
NSG coated windshields reflect more than 30 percent of the sun's energy which is more than five times that of a standard glass. This particularly benefits the new generation of vehicles that are commonly designed with larger glass areas.
NSG Technology Features World’s First Full AR HUD + Solar Reflective Technology in the Luxury Class
The NSG Group was proud to announce their partnership with Mercedes-Benz AG to showcase their Augmented Reality Head Up Display technology on the Mercedes Benz S-Class model. As an additional innovation, solar reflecting technology that de-ices the windscreen using invisible heating was developed to work in tandem with the Augmented Reality display. This will allow a high content of solar reflecting technology to extend through to the rear of the vehicle providing ultimate passenger comfort.
Another industry first has been the development and introduction of an Advanced Driver Assistance Camera System as part of the rear glass, to further enhance the mobile experience.
NSG’s continuous investment in advanced glass technologies have positioned the group to respond to expanding customer needs generated by the rapidly advancing technology for driving assistance systems. The launch of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class model is just one example of NSG Group’s global effort to meet current and future customer demands in the automotive glass market.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Photo courtesy: Mercedes-Benz Group Media
Heat-and-Noise Insulating, IR–Reflecting Laminated Glass
The windshield of the Maybach S-Class, side, and rear windows are all laminated with an acoustic membrane. The glass is also infrared-reflecting, so it can help block outside noise as well as the sun’s harsh rays.
Weight saving in vehicles helps them to achieve their CO2 emissions targets as well as or an increased range for electric vehicles. It is possible to achieve a 40% weight reduction in the glass component while also maintaining its solar and acoustic performance with no additional risk from debris impacts.
Our glass technologies are used to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of products across a diverse range of market segments.
Glass is a high-tech material equipped with many properties such as being light, strong, fire retardant, non-conductive and resistant to chemicals. Our patented products are used in transmission belts to improve fuel consumption, for LED printers that use less energy to operate, for industrial inspection equipment that contribute to reducing defective products, and for coatings to protect the longevity of our buildings and equipment. Our expertise in manufacturing ultra-thin float glass UFF™ contributes to the development of the next generation touch-screen devices.
Please refer to the "Creative Technology" website.
NSG’s Glass Cord Business unit for the reinforcement of automotive engine timing belts. In comparison to metal chains they realize improved driving efficiency, thus contributing to reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.
Glass Cord also reinforces the synchronous belt used on automotive Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) systems. These deliver a fuel saving of around three to four per cent, with a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to other steering system technologies.
Reinforcing Cords are also used in factory automation applications due to their light weight and reduced energy consumption in comparision to the more traditional heavier steel cords.
Infrastructural protective coatings containing GLASFLAKE® extends the service life of steel bridges by up to 10 times longer compared to conventional protective coatings. Use of GLASFLAKE® filled protective coatings reduces CO2 emissions produced by contractor blasting, coating and mobilization services and vehicle traffic diversions. Over time, GLASFLAKE® filled protective coatings also require less net energy to manufacture the blast media and the coating raw materials and finished goods.
A New Value-added Glass Product which Contributes to Reducing Society's Environmental Impact
In fiscal 2022, we began offering MAGNAVI®, a new high-performance glass fiber that contributes to reducing the environmental impact of society. MAGNAVI® was created through the development of environmentally friendly products, using raw materials with low environmental impact and also reducing energy use and CO2 emissions during production. In addition, it is expected to contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by taking advantage of its superior properties such as strength and high elasticity compared to conventional glass fiber and applying it to environment-related technologies such as automobile and aircraft components and, in the future, wind turbine blades.