Wallenberg Wood Science Center scientists in Sweden have created a new type of transparent wood composite that is coated in a special material called polyethylene glycol or PEG. This makes the wood a good insulator and great at keeping heat in or out, thus giving rise to the possibility of it one day replacing glass. This new material would be Eco-friendly since it’s bio-degradable, unlike concrete or glass and is many times better at insulating to boot. Read more for another video and additional information.
“Transparent wood is not new, three years ago, a different team led by Dr Lars Berglund developed it. They did this by removing something from the wood called Lignin. But, this is the first time wood has had the added layer of PEG. The coating is designed to strengthen the wood and keep buildings cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather,” reports BBC.