Solar-Powered Smart Window Inserts

Matthew Marquardt ’21 wrote his senior thesis on the installation of smart windows on campus, and in broader communities. 

Researcher: Matthew Marquardt '21

Department: Chemistry

Background: Under Dr. Lynn Loo, development of self-powered Smart Windows that can be installed in existing buildings with minimal complications has proven cost and resource effective on certain campus buildings such as Bowen Labs. Smart Windows can become dimmer or lighter on demand, typically using an external power source to do so. Loo’s lab has worked with these windows and solar power technology to develop self-powered Smart Windows, which contain a solar panel within the window pane. 

These window inserts “can be installed in any location with a window and a frame,” according to Matthew Marquardt ’21, whose senior thesis tested the usability of these windows in real world scenarios. Marquardt’s research found the window inserts to be very durable in extreme heat scenarios, allowing the University to move forward with the installation of the window inserts on new and existing buildings. 

The Campus as Lab initiative works with researchers and students like Dr. Loo and Matthew Marquardt to develop and fund projects with sustainable applications to the world outside of Princeton. Self-Powered Smart-Windows can be installed in commercial and residential buildings, reducing the amount of power they use to heat and cool the inside of those buildings. The research that both Dr. Loo and Marquardt have performed can help advance sustainability on campus, in our broader community, and around the world.

Watch: Matthew Marquardt ’21 explains how his senior thesis regarding the installation of smart windows can be applied on campus, and in broader communities. Smart Windows can become dimmer or lighter on demand, which helps buildings reduce power consumption to heat or cool their climate.