This is the vision of French manufacturer STILZ Chimie, a subsidiary of independent materials research company RESCOLL. Backed by the EU as part of its programme to support innovation in SMEs, the team at STILZ Chimie, led by Magali Clavé-Henry and her colleagues, is working on new heating systems based on special polymers.
These special polymers conduct electricity so that when a voltage is applied, heat is generated. The unique advantage of these polymers is that they can be incorporated into paints or resins and made into ultra-flexible thin films. These flexible heating materials can be combined into all sorts of materials and products – from floor and wall construction materials to the blades of wind turbines or aircraft.