Trombe wall


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Trombe wall

Trombe wall

 (trômb, trŏmb, trôNb)
n.
A thick, usually masonry wall faced with glass or other transparent material over an intervening air space, designed to absorb solar radiation and release heat slowly to the air, which circulates throughout the building by convection.

[After Félix Trombe (1906-1985), French chemist and inventor.]
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Focusing on reducing energy consumption for space heating in building, much work has been done to study and use Trombe wall system which is a high-efficiency simple structure that does not require maintenance [1].
Limited Tenders are invited for Office Shelter With Trombe Wall
Besides, the heating performance of the sunspace with Trombe wall in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau was tested and analyzed, and the results showed that the energy saving rate of the sunspace was up to 72.8% [3].
(2000) performed a CFD analysis of a house in winter conditions with a Trombe wall containing PCMs.
Francesco [32] summarized his research to provide a comparative assessment of thermal comfort variability derived from several PCMs integrated into the internal partition of a Trombe wall and exposed to cold, mild, and hot climates.
It had a clerestory and an old glass trombe wall from the seventies, but neither element was being utilized to its full extent.
And finally, if your building or renovation plans permit, you might consider installing a Trombe wall, an imaginative invention that combines the greenhouse effect with thermal mass.
A new "green" visitor center taps into solar power for 30 percent of its energy, takes advantage of natural light for 80 percent of its lighting needs, and features large cooling towers that provide low-energy air-conditioning in the summer and a passive solar heating system with a Trombe wall for heat retention for cooler days.
A Trombe wall is a high-mass wall, typically made of solid concrete or grout-filled concrete masonry unit, with a glass cover.
The contributors analyze the controls of multiple chillers in central cooling plants, an urban building integrated photovoltaic system, the impact of construction materials on the energy consumption of Caribbean homes, and the thermal performance of composite trombe wall. Other topics include improved design parameters for a liquid desiccant dehumidifier in confined spaces, biological hydrogen production in China, disaster- resistant buildings, and pyrometric temperature measurement on solar thermal receivers.
The broad skylight that runs above the center of the house brightens the core and allows sun to reach a two-story Trombe wall made of precast lightweight concrete clad with tile.
Passive solar gain is used to warm the broad concrete floor and a 12 sq m bank of Braithewaite tanks (a reference to the Smithsons at nearby Hunstanton), which serve as a Trombe wall. Although essentially open-plan around a kitchen/bathroom core, the internal space can be subdivided by full-height, insulated screen walls which swing open to form a snug around the fireplace and to release the heat from the tanked wall behind.