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Understanding Cool Coatings for Automotive

SpecialChem / Jun 17, 2009

Energy prices have skyrocketed over the last several years, and the “green” movement is clearly in full swing. Energy is a precious global commodity, which some areas of the world are taking dramatic steps to conserve. In fact, several regulations have come into U.S. law to improve our overall environment and to reduce greenhouse gases by lowering CO2 emissions. A proposal by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) suggests that automotive manufacturers and their coatings partners develop cool coatings in an effort to save fuel by lowering the necessary compressor size of an automotive air conditioning unit. The coating is only part of the equation to lower the interior temperature of a vehicle. The windshield also plays a significant role in increasing the interior temperature. In addition to cool coatings legislation, CARB is also imposing regulations on window glass. A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showed a potential of 11 gallons per year of fuel savings could be achieved if the usage of the air conditioning was reduced by 26%...

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