New energy efficient mosaic tiles
2015-06-09
Rui Novais, Paula Seabra and Joćo Labrincha create new mosaic in partnership with CTCV and CINCA

New materials that allow greater comfort and energy savings are being developed in CICECO - University of Aveiro as flooring and ceramic covering. The mosaics, already tested for floors application, are composed by two layers: a dense layer which may assume various aspects and colors, and a lower layer, more porous, comprising a material with phase change (PCM) with a main characteristic: the ability to retain energy during the day and to release it in the heat form during the night.

The ThermoCer project, supported by the QREN, in partnership with CTCV and CINCA, took place between September 2012 and December 2014 and ended with very positive results. The newly developed ceramic materials showed a more efficient behavior, from the energy point of view, than the conventional flooring and ceramic covering, attenuation of energy transfers with the outside and a decrease of temperature variation within buildings.

The cost of production, predictably higher than that of conventional materials will be largely offset by capital gains of the product, says Rui Novais, CICECO post-doctoral researcher and member of the research team.

In addition to Rui Novais, the team involved João Labrincha and Paula Seabra, CICECO and DeMac researchers.

After laboratory studies and a semi-industrial stage, it is still a review of the National Innovation Agency (ANI) allowing a period of validation of the industrial production model on a large scale that may pass through a sampler design.

The ThermoCer project was awarded an Honorable Mention of  the Innovation Prize in the latest edition of Tektonica, International Fair of Construction and Public Works.

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