TEST­ING, TEST­ING

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The Merck Mod­u­lar Innovation Cen­ter in Darm­stadt, Ger­many, is home to pi­o­neer­ing sus­tain­able de­sign fea­tures which are now be­ing tested.

Red­dish lou­vres, which pro­vide pro­tec­tion against the sun on the south­ern sides of the struc­ture, con­sist of dye-sen­si­tised so­lar cells that pro­duce enough elec­tri­cal power for a one-per­son house­hold.

And the west­ern façade in­cludes a frontage with smart liq­uid crys­tal win­dows de­signed by Merck. Mol­e­cules in the high-tech coat­ing of the win­dows act as mi­cro­scopic vene­tian blinds. The win­dows can be dark­ened at the press of a but­ton to pro­tect the con­fer­ence rooms from day­light, with­out any ad­verse ef­fects on out­side views.

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