Forbes reports that a new, special distemper was invented by a Hungarian paint company and the student engineers of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. What makes this kind of distemper unique in the whole world is that it can conduct electricity. Thus it can be used for heating the interior of your house.

If you were as phased as we were when we read the previous sentence, then here is a brief explanation of how the heat-conducting distemper actually works: Armand Nagy, the director of chemical development at Poli-Farbe Vegyipari Kft. compared the distemper to a toaster. In a toaster, electricity is conducted by filaments, while in this distemper it is conducted by special pigments.


The heat-conducting distemper is the result of joint development by Poli-Farbe Vegyipari Kft. and by the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The first party created the perfect paint for conducting electricity, while the latter party – the students – took on the task of fine-tuning the power source- and control. There is absolutely no need to worry, as the students made sure that the distemper cannot become overheated – should a problem or malfunction arise, the self-diagnostic system built in the distemper will immediately shut it down.

This type of distemper is an innovation, so far paints able to conduct electricity were only used for insulation in car production and in the plastics industry.

It is yet to be patented and licensed before appearing on the market. This process will take approximately a year.

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The next step will be to develop the mechanics of the system further so that it becomes a completely sealed, closed system. This is needed to have another layer of any Poli-farbe indoors or outdoors distemper to be painted on it, so customers will not be limited to a certain set of colours.


The heating distemper can be used as a complementary heating system in a 60-70 square metre big flat, on 6 square metre large surfaces. The paint will be applied to blocks measuring 70×120 centimetres in height and width, and 100 microns in thickness (0.1 millimetres).

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