Prof. Dr. Cenk KOÇER
VIG Principal Researcher
The University of Sydney, AU
Dr. Cenk Kocer is a research scientist with over 30 years’ experience working at various research institutions around the world. He received his PhD in Physics, from the University of Sydney, in 1998. He is now lead scientist of the Vacuum Insulated Glazing (VIG) research group at the University of Sydney. His group were the original inventors of the VIG design that was commercialised in the mid-1990’s. He has worked with most of the past, and current, industry groups that are developing VIG products. He has numerous publications and patents in the VIG space and works with all stakeholders to provide access to the knowledge base to educate those interested in the VIG technology. His lab facility is unique in the world since it provides the means to prototype, test, and perform numerical simulations, on most, if not all, VIG designs. His goal is to highlight the critical impact that VIG will make to the sustainability and comfort of our future homes and offices.
The Current Status of the Science and Commercial Product, of the Vacuum Insulated Glass Technology
This presentation is a review of the current state-of-the-art of the background science and the commercial product of the Vacuum Insulated Glass (VIG) technology. Initially a review of the fundamental science of the VIG will be discussed and validation of the mechanical and thermal performance will be presented. The primary goal of the design of a VIG is to provide a highly insulating, highly transparent, thin profile, glazing for window applications. It is critical that the design process produces these outcomes with reliability and required service life durability. The VIG commercial product has been available since 1996, and today there are over 20 producers globally. I will review the timeline of commercialization and take a close look at the producers of today’s products. This is followed by a practical critique of the available products, and the innovation in the VIG design that is under development today. It will be evident that the VIG is not an emerging technology, it can be designed to provide high insulation, with good durability and strength, and is a viable commercial product that will have a huge impact on future building efficiency in energy use.