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Liquid Bubble Insulation is a dynamic insulation that has exciting possibilities that are impossible to achieve with static insulation. Static, solid insulation can be movable with mechanical systems but not with the elegance, speed and effectiveness of Liquid Bubbles.
Sola Roof liquid Bubble Tech systems are a revolution for greenhouse operators. Finally, we have a simple and reliable method to effectively collect and store mid day solar gain on winter days and can use this low temperature energy by means of the bubble technology that provides dynamic heating and insulation from R-20 to R-40 on winter nights.
Additionally, on hot sunny days there is no shading and cooling system like liquid bubbles, which mimic clouds in absorbing solar thermal and eliminating hot glazing so that the plants see a cool "sky" with optimum PAR. Already people around the world are building SOLAROOF projects with support from our DIY community. We would dearly love to see the academic world jump in and elucidate how this stuff works. There is a lot of thesis work to be done before everything is sorted out. But one thing I can assure you is that SOLAROOF works and changes everything.
Liquid Bubble Insulation can be in place, to conserve thermal energy when needed, and at other times the transparent building envelope will contain only air and have the high light transmission of a double glazing. But the dynamic effect of renewing the liquid bubble insulation also can control the envelope temperature and bring stored cooling or heating energy to the roof and wall system. These are powerful mechanisms to produce and regulate a comfortable controlled environment within the structure and to utilize low temperature thermal energy including Ambient Energy? resources such as Solar Thermal? and Cold Water Resources.
Additionally, the Liquid Bubble Insulation can be used to modulate the quality of daylight that enters through the transparent building envelope. Mimicking the effect of cloud cover, the water based bubbles absorb the solar infrared and reduce the visible light by means of back scattering. The complete scattering of visible light also makes the bubbles a perfect privacy screen.
No combination of the most advanced high-tech glazing technology (available now or on the horizon) can achieve all the combined benefits of simple, low-cost, low-tech liquid bubbles. I am ready to assist anyone who is building SOLAROOF projects or would like to study and research our technology. I only request that all the work remains Open Source and results are contributed back to our growing knowledge base - the Creative Commons from which we draw support and help, by our individual effort to enhance and build. I hope we hear from some of you - Rick