Thermoslate Solar Thermal System Integrates Unseen Into Slate Roof

The Thermoslate solar thermal system from Spanish slate company Cupa Pizarras is worth observing. Here’s why:  The structure’s slate roof absorbs a massive amount of heat and because of this stone, it has good thermal mass and holds it for some time, reports treehugger.

In the Thermoslate system, slate roof tiles are integrated with thermal cells where heat is collected. The end product supplies hot water which can be used for various domestic purposes, including solar water heating.

As shown in this French farmhouse renovation by Atome Architectes, the panels are invisible, integrated right into the roof. “This system could be particularly useful for historic renovations where you just don’t want to see the panels,” writes Lloyd Alter. Smart idea: a sound marriage of form and function.

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