Heating and cooling in an energy-efficient and carbon-neutral way even below the dew point!
EcoSyst climate panels meet all requirements ecologists, investors and clients apply to a modern indoor climate. The panels are designed to heat and cool any type of room – and do so in an energy-efficient and carbon-neutral way.
Water instead of air
EcoSyst climate panels attain this quality due to the use of capillary tube mats, where heating and cooling are based on water instead of air, thus being considerably more efficient. In this context, cooling is often limited by condensation starting at a certain temperature, i.e. the dew point. EcoSyst climate panels represent the solution to this very problem, as they enable cooling even below the dew point!
No annoying airflow
Using a type of plaster made of natural loam creates an indoor climate that keeps humidity within a comfortable range of 40–60%. Uncomfortable dry air as would be common when using A/C equipment is therefore avoided. Furthermore, there will be no annoying draft, since air circulates in a slow and natural way.
Easy to install
Modern construction methods rely on sustainable, efficient and flexible solutions. This is exactly what EcoSyst climate panels offer. EcoSyst climate panels suggest themselves both for projects of new construction and refurbishment. An easy-to-do and one-time installation to the ceiling is all it takes. This will save energy costs in the long run.
Flexible on site
You can produce EcoSyst climate panels yourself, on site, as flexibly as you wish – become a system partner and employ EcoSyst climate panels just as you need to. Use our systems technology to produce EcoSyst climate panels where you need them – thus making use of local resources. We offer a tailor-made solution depending on your requirements.
EcoSyst climate panels consist of an extremely hygroscopic insulation board of mineral material (calcium silicate or other), a capillary tube mat and an adhesive made of loam. Insulation boards keep heat from getting lost in winter and from penetrating inside in summer (200–350 kg/m3 dry bulk density; <0,060 W/mK thermal conductivity). Featuring a pH value of more than 10, insulation boards are very alkaline and so prevent mould attacks even if soaked with water for longer periods of time.
Insulation boards have got grooves cut in their surface to keep in place the capillary tubes, that are additionally fastened by an adhesive made of loam. As capillary tubes run at 2-cm distances, the system has got an extremely large surface to release energy. Therefore, the system stands out firstly because energy release spreads evenly across the entire surface and secondly because it allows for creating any desired indoor climate while running in a low-temperature mode.
EcoSyst climate panels come with a special mixture to fill the joints between them and cover up the trunk tubes that supply the water, as well as an adhesive based on powdered clay to fasten the panels to the ceiling. A clay plaster designed to match the alkaline surface is applied as a finish.
In terms of heating there will never be problems concerning the physical aspects of a building when energy is released from walls, floors or ceilings. However, as soon as it takes massive cooling, namely below the dew point, to achieve a comfortable indoor climate, condensate will form on surfaces.
So far, this problem is solved either by reducing the cooling rate as surface temperatures get close to the dew point or by dehumidifying the supply air. Neither solution is satisfying. It hardly makes sense to reduce the cooling rate just when massive cooling is required to ensure a comfortable indoor climate on particularly hot days. Prior dehumidification of air is not satisfying either for ecological and economic reasons, since this process would consume a lot of energy, take additional investments in piping, blowers etc. and increase operating costs, as regular maintenance is absolutely necessary. As a consequence, the highly efficient capillary tube technology is used rather seldom for climate control in hot southern regions.
EcoSyst climate panels offer a simple solution, as they allow for massive cooling below the dew point. Due to their hygroscopic capacity they are able to soak up big amounts of condensate. When cooling is no longer needed, e.g. late in the afternoon or at night, climate panels will release the moisture they absorbed earlier. Moisture release results in the so-called adiabatic cooling, when rooms are cooled without the cooling process running actively. Absorption/desorption of moisture is an eternally reversible process.
Creating any indoor climate while working in a low-temperature mode means the system can run entirely on renewable energy sources.
Heating requires inlet temperatures of merely 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. These temperatures can be supplied by solar collectors. Geothermal resources may be used as a source of energy as well as biomass, mainly wood chips, small wind turbines etc.
For cooling in summer with inlet temperatures of 20 to 24 degrees Celsius geothermal energy also offers simple, mainly carbon-neutral sources of energy (wells, cisterns, the sea, rivers etc.). In case of an extremely high cooling demand, solar thermal cooling may supply the energy additionally required. Photovoltaic cells can generate the electricity to run these systems.
The clay plaster’s ability to absorb and desorb moisture makes sure relative humidity in areas of living and working keeps stable within a 40-60% range, thus being never too wet nor too dry. The use of climate panels prevents uncomfortable air circulation as would be common with air-conditioning systems and often causes common colds in summer. Furthermore, the risk of so-called “germ spreaders”, i.e. air filter systems spreading pathogens when maintained insufficiently or not at all, is ruled out when using climate panels.
Such widespread diagnoses as “building-related complex“ and “sick building syndrome“ are made particularly often, where indoor air is suspected to not meet physiological requirements, i.e. mostly to be too dry or polluted or contaminated with pathogens. Also, most cases of the so-called summer flu are attributed to draft caused by air-conditioning systems.
These factors in connection with the perceived level of comfort had been subject to a scientific study carried out over several years by the largest European university hospital, the Berlin Charité. They were able to prove, that thermal activation of building components has an extremely positive effect on the healing process of patients who just underwent surgery and shortens their period of stay in the hospital.
Given these findings, numerous hospitals in Germany drew the consequences and – as modernisation was required anyway – replaced their previous radiator heating systems with thermal activation of building components by means of capillary tube mats.
- unite heating and cooling in a single system
- prevent problems arising from condensate when temperatures drop below the dew point
- prevent growth of mould
- are applicable to new and existing buildings
- are particularly suitable for zones of moderate (southern) and subtropical climate
- cut down energy consumption in heating and cooling
- save operating costs to a considerable extent
- reduce costs of insulation, as thick insulation layers are not required
- pose no risks to health caused by indoor air that would be excessively dry, polluted or circulating
- minimize maintenance as no filters must be replaced and no burners be adjusted
- are easy to use, as they require just quite simple control equipment
- are durable
- create an indoor climate in a carbon-neutral way