Ceramic panels used to create eco-friendly air con system

Researchers in Spain have developed an innovative thermal conditioning panel made of a ceramic material, which they claim could replace conventional air-conditioning units.

The panel incorporates a capillary structure by which the water flows and either heats or cools the room in it's in according to the water temperature.

Based on fixed factory assembled panels, the system is made up of several layers and can be easily installed in ceilings and walls. It also requires minimal maintenance.

Lead researcher Victor Echarri, from the University of Alicante, said: "This innovative form of air conditioning is compatible for use in sustainable construction, as it is environmentally friendly for containing ceramic and polypropylene.

"The system, working with moderate water temperatures, allows the use of renewable solar, geothermal and biomass energy, both in summer and winter. Also, the material provides other advantages such as light weight, easy maintenance and the ability to set custom formats tailored to the needs of the architect."

Laura Hopperton

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