Accelerated Durability Testing of Electrochromic Windows

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Prototype electrochromic windows made by several different U.S. companies have been tested in our laboratory for their long-term durability. Samples were subjected to alternate coloring and bleaching voltage cycles while exposed to simulated on 1-sun irradiance in a temperature-controlled environmental chamber with low relative humidity. The samples inside the chamber were tested under a matrix of different conditions. These conditions include: cycling at different temperatures (65 C, 85 C, and 107 C) under the irradiance, cycling versus no-cycling under the same irradiance and temperature, testing with different voltage waveforms and duty cycles with the same irradiance and temperature, cycling under ... continued below

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Tracy, C. E.; Zhang, J. G.; Benson, D. K.; Czanderna, A. W. & Deb, S. K. December 29, 1998.

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Prototype electrochromic windows made by several different U.S. companies have been tested in our laboratory for their long-term durability. Samples were subjected to alternate coloring and bleaching voltage cycles while exposed to simulated on 1-sun irradiance in a temperature-controlled environmental chamber with low relative humidity. The samples inside the chamber were tested under a matrix of different conditions. These conditions include: cycling at different temperatures (65 C, 85 C, and 107 C) under the irradiance, cycling versus no-cycling under the same irradiance and temperature, testing with different voltage waveforms and duty cycles with the same irradiance and temperature, cycling under various filtered irradiance intensities, and simple thermal exposure with no irradiance or cycling. The electro-optical characteristics of the samples were measured between 350 and 1,100 nm every 4,000 cycles for up to 20,000 cycles. Photographs of the samples were taken periodically wi th a digital camera to record cosmetic defects, the extent of residual coloration, and overall coloration and bleaching uniformity of the samples. Our results indicate that the most important cause of degradation is the combination of continuous cycling, elevated temperature, and irradiance. The relative importance of these variables, when considered synergistically or separately, depends on the particular device materials and design.

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  • Presented at the International Meeting on Electrochromism, London (GB), 09/07/1998--09/09/1998

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  • Other: DE00006594
  • Report No.: NREL/CP-520-25614
  • Grant Number: AC36-99-GO10337
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6594
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc704184

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Tracy, C. E.; Zhang, J. G.; Benson, D. K.; Czanderna, A. W. & Deb, S. K. Accelerated Durability Testing of Electrochromic Windows, article, December 29, 1998; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc704184/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.