Optically transparent thermally insulating retrofits for single-pane windows
Insulating silica aerogel
Every year, windows in the United States lose enough energy to power over 85 million homes. This wasted energy costs $20 billion and generates more carbon dioxide than 76 million cars, but traditional window products still force consumers to choose between energy efficiency and affordability. This team’s solution is a groundbreaking silica aerogel material that is more transparent than glass, twice as insulating as air, and cost-competitive with existing products.
Technology from this project spun out into a startup company, AeroShield.
Preventing energy loss in windows
Mechanical engineers are developing technologies that could prevent heat from entering or escaping windows, potentially preventing a massive loss of energy.
Making Forbes’ 2020 30 Under 30: Energy
Kyle Wilke and Elise Strobach, Cofounders of AeroShield, make Forbes’ annual list.