Félix Trombe

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Felix Trombe
Ganties, France
Engineering career
ProjectsMont-Louis Solar Furnace
Significant advanceTrombe wall

Felix Trombe (1906 in Nogent, France – 1985 in Ganties, France) was a French engineer.[1]

He is best known for his pioneering work in passive solar building design with the Trombe wall, which bears his name.

Mont-Louis Solar Furnace[edit]

The great 1 MW solar furnace at Odeillo

In 1949 Trombe directed the construction of the experimental 50 kW Mont-Louis Solar Furnace in the Pyrénées-Orientales for high temperature experiments in physics and chemistry. In 1962, a 1000 kW solar furnace was built in Odeillo.


  1. ^ Jean-Jacques Amigo, « Trombe (Félix) », in Nouveau Dictionnaire de biographies roussillonnaises, vol. 3 Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre, Perpignan, Publications de l'olivier, 2017, 915 p. (ISBN 9782908866506)