While renewable energy sources continue to become cheaper and more efficient, for some, the aesthetic stigma remains. Because of this, Therma-HEXX has developed thermo hydronic panels called ThermaPAVER, which act as heat exchangers, collecting and storing energy from the atmosphere on hot days, while remaining out of sight. The panels act as heat exchangers, using that energy to heat water, either pool water or domestic water. The heat can also be stored, which will simultaneously cool the paving slabs.
In colder climates, ThermaPAVER can be tied into geothermal or waste heat systems to facilitate the melting of snow on sidewalks and driveways without the use of fossil fuels. Both of the major functions of the panels look to lessen the inconveniences of extreme weather, according to owner/CEO Robert Barmore: “The temperature [of traditional pedestal-mounted and ground-mounted architectural pavers and flagstones] can surge to over 140º F on sunny days, creating an intolerable environment. In winter, snow and ice accumulate on them, rendering the areas unusable.”
By using ThermaPAVER panels, these scenarios can possibly be avoided without the harmful emissions associated with traditional heating and cool. To add to that, they’re virtually unnoticeable and are estimated to have a return on investment within 3 years.