Trombe wall


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Trombe wall

Consists of an 8- to 16-inch thick masonry wall on the south side of a house. A single or double layer of glass is mounted about 1 inch or less in front of the wall’s surface. Solar heat is absorbed by the wall’s dark-colored outside surface and stored in the wall’s mass, where it radiates into the living space. Also referred to as a solar wall.

Trombe wall

A passive solar-energy thermal storage device used in houses. Consists of a thermal storage wall, usually of masonry or concrete, 8 to 16 in. (20 to 40 cm) thick, that is coated with a dark heat-absorptive material; and a glass skin, placed in front of the wall that leaves an air space 3/4 in. to 6 in. (2 cm to 15 cm) between the wall and the glass. Solar energy that strikes the glass is absorbed by the wall during the day and released to the house during the evening.
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The structure in which interior and exterior flow channels are separated by thermal insulation layer differs from the single-channel structure of conventional Trombe wall system.
Chen, "Measuring study of heating performance of passive solar house with Trombe wall in Qinghai-Tibet plateau," Acta Energiae Solaris Sinica, vol.
Francesco, "Trombe walls for lightweight buildings in temperate and hot climates.
The open office plan is not only more accessible, it is inherently more welcoming, and daylight from the clerestory and the glass trombe wall (now open to the workspace) reaches into every corner.
As a caution, the Trombe wall will add some heat in the summer due to diffuse solar radiation, even with the overhangs.
A solar chimney consisted of roof solar collector, and Trombe wall was experimentally investigated by Khedari et al.
This paper is focused on direct solar gains strategies (i.e., the solar gains are admitted directly into a thermally-massive living space within the house, rather than sunspace or Trombe wall systems).
But sometime during our brief initial chat with the Overmyers the words "greenhouse" and "Trombe wall" slid into the conversation and worked their way to center stage, and we just had to see with our own eyes how it was possible to maintain a year-round greenhouse against the harsh conditions encountered at 9,100 feet of elevation, coupled with the measured energy reserves available to off-grid homesteaders.
Its solar-smart design includes a tiled floor to store heat from the sun, a south-facing greenhouse window, and a brick-faced trombe wall to collect heat from sun through clerestory windows.
My next application of solar heat will be an attached green-house, possibly with a Trombe wall.
The 650-square-foot addition has proven energy-efficient: its stucco walls, ceramic tile floor, and masonry-block trombe wall (visible in the photograph at upper right) all retain much warmth.
At the side of the bay, load-bearing posts and beams frame seven clear glass panels, four of which enclose a second trombe wall (since it isn't load-bearing, it qualified for a tax credit).