Solar Energy - Pilkington

Solar energy panels offer alternative solutions to a range of energy requirements, from small scale domestic applications to large scale solar power stations, from cloudy northern rooftops to hot sunny deserts. Solar glass is an integral and important element of these solar panels. Our range of solar glass products is designed and optimised to suit the requirements of various solar technologies with properties such as high solar energy transmittance, strength and durability, as well as ...


Solar collectors use the heat from the sun to warm panels supplied with a circulating fluid. The heat gained is exchanged by passing it through a coil that passes it to a hot water storage system providing cheap hot water. With increasing fuel costs solar collectors are more effective than ever at reducing fuel bills and paying back the cost of installation.

Solar Thermal Collectors - Pilkington

The sun's energy is used to heat water flowing through the interconnecting pipes. The water can be heated for a wide variety of uses, including domestic, commercial and industrial applications. Flat-plate solar thermal collectors consist of an insulated box which contains a dark absorber plate under a glass cover that hermetically seals the system while maximizing the energy input.

Solar Control - Pilkington

Solar Control - Barriers to the Sun. Intensive research over several decades has equipped the float process with ingenious ways of controlling solar energy for greater comfort and economy. Ingredients can readily be added to the melter to control the wavelength and percentage of radiation transmitted or absorbed by the finished product. Cobalt and nickel, ferrous and ferric iron, cerium and titanium are all used to control transmission of infrared or ultraviolet waves to differing degrees ...

NSG TEC™ for Solar Applications

Used in Thin Film Photovoltaics, NSG TEC™ is a range of coated glass designed and optimised for each of the main thin film photovoltaic technologies, including amorphous silicon (a-Si), tandem (a-Si/μ/Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium (gallium) diselenide (CIS, CIGS) and dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC).

Solar control - Pilkington

Solar control Reducing heat from the sun. It is important to note that angled roof lights provide a benefit in energy efficiency since they gain more from the free heat provided by the sun than vertical windows. This is particularly important in the roof area.

Solar control

The amount of heat entering the building in total from solar sources compared with that of a standard piece of glass just under 4 mm thick. You can also take the total solar heat transmission and divide by 0.87 to get the result or add the short wave and long wave shading coefficients together.