ORLANDO, Fla. — As part of its research funded by a small business grant, X-MAT has developed what it calls a ground-breaking fireproof roof tile that exceeds industry standards.

The Phase 1 SBIR grant was awarded by the Dept. of Energy to X-MAT, which is the Advanced Materials division of Semplastics.

The company said its revolutionary material, a composite made of polymer derived ceramic, when mixed with coal, enables the coal to be used without burning it to create coal core-composite. With their coal core-composite, they have produced fireproof roof tiles that have high durability with a reduced energy footprint.

According to a press release, X-MAT’s fireproof roof tiles “have extraordinary properties that combine the best attributes of common materials including: higher flexure strength than ceramic roof tiles; lighter weight than Teflon; high operating temperatures of ceramics.

“This new invention could transform the roofing and coal industries and if manufactured, could support the creation of jobs in the coal regions and jump-start domestic manufacturing of ceramic tiles,” the company said.

“We are thrilled with our progress on the development of revolutionary roof tiles that far exceed the industry standard for fire protection and strength,” said Bill Easter, CEO, Semplastics and X-MAT. “In a world with more ferocious national disasters – we are on a path to producing a roof tile that is environmentally friendly and meets the demands for the changing world.”

This grant has allowed X-MAT to build the next generation of roof tiles for the solar industry. The next step for X-MAT is continuing their work to enhance their roof tiles and expand upon their mission to create an eco-friendly solution for the roofing and coal industries.

Learn more at https://www.x-materials.com.