Early Applications of Nanoparticles Warmed Drivers’ Bottoms

| by Monica Irgens
Early Applications of Nanoparticles Warmed Drivers’ Bottoms

Often times, the early use of an invention is far different than what the future holds for it. Such is the case for nano particles and their Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) properties. Invented in 1981, this technology was intended to add comfort to driving in cold, wintry months by heating car seats. Self-Regulating Technology of Electric Plastics (STEP), a Norway firm at the time, applied the technology to radiant home heating. In 1994 STEP relocated to St. Louis, MO, applying the nanotechnology principles to many applications besides home heating such as hospitals beds, RV’s, anti-icing on ships, roof de-icing, and snow melt. Their product is also approved for hazardous locations.

The unique advantage of the polymer heating element is that it acts as a floor sensor over its whole surface and is self-regulating.

Nanotechnology is fast expanding, not only in heating, but biomedical, optical and electronic uses. To learn more about nanotechnology and its effective application to safe, efficient home radiant heating visit www.warmfloor.com.

This blog was developed by STEP Warmfloor. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: Heating & Cooling, Radiant Heat

Companies: STEP Warmfloor



Monica Irgens

Monica is President of Electro Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of STEP Warmfloor® heating systems: a patented, low-voltage, self-regulating flat and thin heater. Monica has been in the radiant heating industry for over 20 years. She was member of the Radiant Panel Association for 15 years, served on the RPA Board of Directors as chairperson of the Electric Committee and the Green Committee. Monica is also a member of the USGBC and has been involved in the design of LEED registered buildings.


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