From wings to walls: EU funded project turns on a new era in heating

Thursday, 16 February, 2017
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Imagine wind turbine or aircraft wings that de-ice themselves in extreme conditions or floors and walls with invisible, built-in heating. Or even clothes that warm you up on the coldest of days.

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.

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Project: 
Industrial Development of PANIPLAST Process Poly(aniline) Conductive Polymers
Project Acronym: 
PANIPLAST
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