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MAREC collaborates with local company to introduce energy-saving technology

  • Window units at MAREC were replaced with the new glass technology to serve as a demonstration site.

Posted on May 07, 2014

An emerging, energy-saving glass technology created by a Jenison-based company is being showcased at Grand Valley’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

The thermochromic technology, made by Pleotint, LLC, provides commercial and residential properties the opportunity to save money in energy costs. The glass gradually darkens in response to rising temperatures caused by direct sunlight, then cools as the sun moves across the sky, returning to a clear, neutral state in cloudy or dark conditions. It is North America’s first commercially available thermochromic interlayer for laminated glass.

“Showcasing and supporting emerging technologies is consistent with the mission of MAREC,” said Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC. “The Suntuitive interlayer represents break-through technology that can be used in a variety of insulated glass applications.”

Four window units at MAREC were replaced with the Pleotint Suntuitive laminated glass. The installation will serve as a demonstration site for the technology and will allow for performance monitoring in comparison to the properties of conventional thermal laminated window glass. Visitors are welcome to view the installation and learn more about the technology.

Pleotint CEO Harlan Byker said, “We are proud to partner with MAREC as part of the introduction of our Suntuitive technology that saves energy by the reversible tinting of windows.”

The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) in Muskegon is an economic development initiative of the City of Muskegon in partnership with Grand Valley State University and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. MAREC offers a range of technology oriented business start-up and incubation opportunities with emphasis on renewable energy innovation and efficiency. MAREC operates in partnership with the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program.

For more information, contact Kim Walton, MAREC program director, at (616) 331-6907 or                                        

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