Aerogel is also a very hot material in recent years! But as far as the market is concerned, it still has a long way to go. 2017 has passed, let's review some major events in the aerogel industry! Also take a look at the 2018 aerogel market forecast!
Aerogels are the world’s smallest density solids with nanometer-scale pore diameters. There are many types, mainly silicon, carbon, sulfur, metal oxide, metal, etc. It was first produced by American scientific worker Kistler in 1931, and it has only begun large-scale production in the past 10 years.
Due to the nanoporous network structure, the porosity of aerogel is as high as 80-99.8%, and the room temperature thermal conductivity can be as low as 0.013w/(mk). It is the material with the best thermal insulation performance so far. It is used in aerospace, petrochemical, power metallurgy, Ships, vehicles, precision instruments, refrigerators, clothing tents, building energy conservation and other fields have broad application prospects, and are revolutionary alternatives to traditional thermal insulation materials.
However, aerogel materials currently occupy the top part of the pyramid model of the entire thermal insulation material market. The current scale of the entire thermal insulation material market is almost insignificant. This indicates that the aerogel industry is still in its early starting stage and at the same time indicates It has huge room for development in the future.
2017 has passed, let’s review today what happened in the aerogel industry in 2017:
1. Aerogel materials are listed in the national key energy-saving and low-carbon technology promotion catalog
In order to implement the relevant requirements of the "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan" "Outline" and the "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions", accelerate the promotion and application of low-carbon technologies, and promote the realization of China's greenhouse gas control action goals, the National Development and Reform Commission In August 2014, December 2015, and January 2017, three batches of the "National Key Low-Carbon Technology Catalogue" were issued in succession, and the "National Key Energy-saving Low-Carbon Technology Promotion Catalogue" was published on January 6, 2017. In 2016, Energy Conservation Section)", aerogel was listed in the national key energy-saving and low-carbon technology promotion catalog.
2. Aerogel insulation material once again embarked on a space journey with Tianzhou-1
On April 20, 2017, the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft was launched with the Long March-7 carrier rocket at the Wenchang Space Launch Site. On April 22, it successfully realized the rendezvous and docking with Tiangong-2. Following the Long March 5 launch mission, it provided an effective means of heat insulation for the rocket gas pipeline system. The aerogel insulation material was used as a protective coat for the low-temperature locker on the Tianzhou-1, and once again gave full play to the aerogel The material has excellent thermal insulation performance.
3. The aerogel insulation pipe has been industrialized in Shengli Oilfield
In response to the needs of oilfield production, Shengli Oilfield Petroleum Engineering Technology Research Institute has developed a hydrophobic fiber felt reinforced titanium-silicon composite aerogel thermal insulation material, which improves the thermal insulation performance and hydrophobic performance of the material at high temperatures; research has formed aerogel thermal insulation The tube insulation structure reduces the dependence of the insulation tube on the vacuum degree, greatly improves the insulation life, fills the gap in the field of aerogel insulation in the wellbore, and forms the supporting technology for aerogel insulation tube production. For the first time in China, the industrialized production of aerogel insulation pipes has been realized.
4. Nano aerogel composite material is another new material for warming the cold
The SNAFEL nano aerogel composite material independently developed by the SNAFEL nano aerogel research and development team is only 2mm thick. The SNAFEL intercity ranger series nano aerogel warm jacket has the same thermal insulation effect as the 40mm down jacket, which can say goodbye to the bloated winter. Thinner, slimmer, and more flexible. In the liquid nitrogen spray test at minus 173℃, the internal temperature of this jacket can still be maintained at about 28℃, and it can still maintain a comfortable body feeling when worn at 20℃ without overheating.
5. Cellulose aerogel membrane for high-safety lithium ion battery preparation
Zhang Jun’s research group from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences uses the largest reserves of cellulose in nature as raw materials and a new type of green environmentally friendly "ionic liquid" as a solvent, and developed transparent, flexible, and adjustable three-dimensional nanopores by regulating the regeneration process. A simple method of structure and high porosity of cellulose aerogel. On the basis of this work, they recently used the three-dimensional nanopore structure in aerogel as a lithium ion transport channel and successfully applied cellulose aerogel membrane to lithium ion batteries.
6. Graphene aerogel, 3D printing material set a Guinness record!
Three researchers from Kansas State University, Buffalo State University and Lanzhou University have jointly developed a 3D printed graphene aerogel, which was rated as the "most dense 3D printed structure" by the Guinness World Records. The graphene aerogel is extremely light, weighing only 0.5 milligrams per cubic centimeter, and can be placed on top of cotton or petals. It is also very flexible and conductive.
7. The National Aerogel Standard was officially released on October 14, 2017
The National Standardization Management Committee issued an announcement on October 14 that the national standard for aerogel: "GB/T34336-2017 Nanoporous Aerogel Composite Thermal Insulation Products" was officially released. The standard was implemented on September 1, 2018. It is reported that this is China's first national standard for aerogel materials.
8. "Ultra-light nano silver wire aerogel" new low-density foam metal
Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States have developed a new type of low-density foam metal called "ultra-light nano-silver wire aerogel" with a minimum density of only 4 times that of air, and excellent mechanics and electronics. Performance, the development of this kind of material is expected to promote the progress of industries such as electronics, energy storage, catalyst carriers, fuel cells, sensors, and medical equipment.
9. Important progress in the field of graphene aerogels
Professor Liu Jingquan of Qingdao University, his team's young teacher Li Chenwei, and master's graduate Jiang Degang have made important progress in the field of graphene aerogel. Their research and development of super-resilient aerogels of arbitrary shape and their application in wearable devices and other fields "Superelastic and Arbitrary-Shaped Graphene Aerogels with Sacrifcial Skeleton of Melamine Foam for Varied Applications" were published on Advanced Functional Materials.
Looking at the major events in the aerogel industry in 2017, there are still very few market applications; but this is not to say that there is no market for aerogels. At present, the main factor restricting the aerogel market promotion-production cost, is After being overcome, coupled with the introduction of new environmental protection material policies in the thermal insulation industry, the future market opportunities for aerogels are still great!
Aerogel materials are ideal substitutes for thermal insulation materials. Compared with other thermal insulation materials, they are cheaper and easily available, which drives the demand for such materials in various end-user applications and industries. Increasing globalization and urbanization have led to the development of infrastructure construction in developed and developing countries, which is another key factor driving the growth of the global aerogel market. Due to its light diffusion, thermal insulation and high surface area properties in architectural applications, the demand for aerogel silica is increasing, which drives the growth of the global aerogel market. In addition, advances and innovations in materials, increased awareness of product benefits, and the application of aerogels in new applications are expected to promote the growth of the global aerogel market during the forecast period.
A major and growing trend in the market is the increasing awareness of global warming, and there is an increasing need to apply more environmentally friendly and efficient thermal insulation materials and panels in the construction field, especially in developing countries.
In addition, aerogels are used as thickeners and chemical absorbents to remove chemical spills. New applications, strong innovations and technological advancements in developing countries, the development of stronger durable aerogels, and the growing demand in the transportation industry are expected to create high potential income opportunities for participants in the global aerogel market .
MarketResearch.biz announced the release of its recently completed research report entitled "Applications of the global aerogel market (oil and gas, construction, automotive and aerospace, healthcare, high-performance coatings, chemicals, electronics and others), morphology, Types, Process Types and Regions-Global Forecast to 2026" provides an overall view of the global aerogel market through detailed planning covering all aspects of the target market. According to the report, the global aerogel market value in 2016 was US$512.9 million. With a compound annual growth rate of 31.8% from 2017 to 2026, the global aerogel market value is expected to reach US$8.0837 billion in 2026.
The market report is divided according to application, type and region. Application areas include oil and gas, construction, automotive and aerospace, healthcare, high-performance coatings, chemicals, electronics and others. The classification includes silica, carbon, alumina and others. The regions covered in the analysis include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.
By application: The construction field is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 33.7%, so the construction field accounts for the highest revenue share in the application field.
By form: Aerogel blankets are expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 32.3%, so blankets account for the highest share of revenue in the product form.
By type: Carbon materials are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 32.8%, so they account for the highest share of revenue among all types.
By process: Prefabrication is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 32.4%, so it accounts for the highest share of revenue in the process field.
By region: The European market accounted for the highest revenue share of the global aerogel market in 2016, and the compound annual growth rate is expected to exceed 32.7% from 2017 to 2022.