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[30 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Thermeleon prototype roof tiles | ]

A team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduates recently picked up the third annual MIT MADMEC (Making and Designing Materials Engineering Contest) thanks to their efforts in creating the Thermeleon prototype roof tiles – a thermally-activated, color-changing, roofing material. Relying on these phase-change polymer gel-filled tiles, light energy transmission properties of the roofing material can be controlled, where the roofing material becomes white to reflect heat during a hot day, while becoming transparent and absorbing heat on a cold day. that ought to help your home save some energy …