Transparent woods are amazing building materials that can an alternative for the glass. These woods can be converted into glass in labs which are more reliable and possess good properties like thermal resistance and durability The production of transparent wood involves various processes. The wood is first bleached and boiled which removes brown colored chemical called lignin. The wood is kept in vacuum and then smothered with the clear epoxy. The tubes made of wood soak up with the epoxy resins and, once it dries, we get the transparent wood. This wood can withstand higher stresses and strains as compared to the normal woods. Moreover, transparent wood has an excellent thermal efficiency as compared to the glass.
Transparent wood is primarily used in construction and furniture industry. Moreover, due to its properties like light weight and strength it can be used to replace stones and steels in the construction field. Moreover, it also possesses properties like fire resistant and can also act as water resistant. Additionally, it can also replace, glass used for solar panels. Furthermore, transparent woods can also be used for developing the wooden dashboard which are touch sensitive.
With increase in population, the requirement for the shelters is increasing so the housing needs are to be met. This will be an advantage for the transparent wood, as they are most preferable products in the field of constructions and furniture’s. Moreover, in last few years the infrastructure and construction Industry has seen a major surge in terms of investment and is projected to drive the transparent wood market share throughout the forecast period.
Woods falling into renewable and ecofriendly sector can have a great future as the transparent glasses are made from the woods. These can be alternative for the steels and the stones used for the construction. These are also feasible in solar power systems and can act like the glasses. Furthermore, the applications in window panels in residential as well as commercial constructions can open up new opportunity for the transparent wood market growth in the coming years.
Transparent woods can be used as transparent wood panels for the ceiling. This can be applied in daylight harvesting roof, owing to their excellent light distribution. Hence are widely adopted in residential sector
On the basis of region, North America being a region where there is an abundant supply of the woods can be a leading region for the transparent wood market, followed by Europe and then the Asia Pacific. Woods can be craved into the artistic forms and are environmentally friendly can boost the market of the USA and Canada. The renovations done in the residential segment can be a boon to the transparent woods. In Europe, Russia is anticipated to hold a major share during the assessment period.
Transparent wood industry is still in the research field some of the major organizations are KTH royal institute of technology, situated in Stockholm, Sweden and University of Maryland Maryland, USA., Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), WOODOO and others.