Trombe wallTrombe wall
A thick, usually masonry wall that is faced with glass or other transparent material over an intervening air space, designed to absorb the heat from incident sunlight and release it slowly to the air, which circulates within the building as passive solar heat.
Origin of Trombe wallAfter Félix Trombe, (1906–1985), French chemist and inventor.
(plural Trombe walls)
- A wall built on the winter sun side of a building with a glass external layer and a high mass internal layer separated by a layer of air, so as to absorb heat during sunlit hours of winter and slowly release it overnight.
Named after French engineer FÃ©lix Trombe.