Advanced materials company now able to produce prototype coal tiles
Living in a house made entirely of coal might be a reality sooner than you think. X-MAT®, the Advanced Materials Division of Semplastics, has made great developments in the creation of its revolutionary coal house.
X-MAT® has been working diligently to create the first functional house made entirely out of coal. With new advancements, the company is now able to begin production on structural columns, walls, bricks, roof tiles and other crucial elements of construction. The project is focusing on using coal as the primary medium of construction, with the coal-derived building materials being extremely strong, non-toxic, fire resistant and light weight. These eco-friendly materials are already proving to be a better alternative to their traditional counterparts.
The company has seen great progress in the past six months, meeting numerous milestones. Advancements include the establishment of a new pilot line in Oviedo, FL, the creation of numerous Villa-Tile prototypes and the commission of a first-of-its-kind firing kiln. With this kiln, X-MAT® will be able to produce 100 square feet of its proprietary X-TILE®, a coal roof tile, in June 2021. The company has also established an advisory board and completed preliminary renderings of a coal building.
“We’re making great progress in the development of the X-TILE®,” said Bill Easter, founder of Semplastics and X-MAT®. “We’re reimagining coal in a way that’s never been done before – the innovation and technology we’ve created is completely unprecedented.”
In addition to these advancements, X-MAT® has also seen growth in the amount of space it has to create these products. With the expansion of X-MAT®’s facilities in both Oviedo, FL, and Bluefield, WV, the company has seen an incredible increase in prototype production capabilities for building materials to be utilized in the coal house.
This progress in the creation of the coal house and related materials have been made possible with government funding, with $6 million raised in contracts and grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Most recently, the company received a $625,000 contract from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to create the coal-derived building materials needed to construct the house.
“We’re giving coal a second chance,” said Easter. “With X-MAT®’s technology, coal can be the future of sustainable living.”
To view renderings of the coal house, click here.
About X-MAT®, the Advanced Materials Division of Semplastics.
X-MAT®, the Advanced Materials Division of Semplastics, launched in 2013. X-MAT® developed a revolutionary, high-performance material that combines some of the best properties of metals (electrical conductivity), engineering plastics (lightweight) and ceramics (high operating temperature). X-MAT® has had several partnerships including work with NASA, Space Florida and the NETL. X-MAT®’s game-changing material has various current applications including fireproof roof tiles, lightweight space mirrors, battery electrodes and 3D printed ceramics. X-MAT® technology can be custom-engineered to fit many specifications and has unlimited potential market applications.