The Thermeleon team after winning the MIT MADMEC design competition: (Front from left): Lin Jia, Yin Fan, Gagan Saini, and Dr Nicholas Orf (Back from left): Dr Joseph Walish and Dr Rafal Mickiewicz
Dr Nick Orf demonstrates a prototype Thermeleon roof tile, using a heat gun to warm part of it. The heated area turns from black to white (photo: - Patrick Gillooly)
The 'Thermeleon' roof tile changes from white to black depending on its temperature
Prototype roof tiles that turn white to reflect heat when they get hot seem like a pretty cool idea, as do tiles that turn black to absorb heat when it’s cold. That’s why a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduates has won the third annual MIT MADMEC (Making and Designing Materials Engineering Contest) by demonstrating their thermally-activated, color-changing, roofing material called “Thermeleon” (as in chameleon).
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