Demand in the process industry is driven by the growing need for efficient energy consumption, process stability, safety, corrosion protection, comfort and avoiding damage. Quartzene contributes with several benefits from one single solution, for example:
- High-efficiency thermal insulation
- Safety (reduced risk of burns)
- Energy savings
- Contributes to flame retardancy
Application examples: thermal insulating surface layer, ‘Safe Touch’, protection against corrosion during insulation, improved insulation for district heating / cooling, and extending the service life of existing technology.
Customers: Manufacturers of insulating pipe systems, manufacturers of functional paints, and the energy sector (companies that generate or transport energy).
Market potential – Quartzene in the process industry
A challenge in the process industry is corrosion due to insulation. This is a problem when condensation occurs with traditional fiberglass insulation around pipes for example. Corrosion is can occur without noticing the problem, which can lead to unexpected and costly interruptions to replace components.  Thermally insulating paint is an alternative and can, according to Svenska Aerogel’s assessment, constitute a growing portion of the process insulation market. Thermally insulating surface layers compete primarily with traditional insulation, which is why the insulation effect in relation to the applied layer must be as high as possible to motivate alternatives. Such a comparison favors Quartzene, which has the properties of aerogel together with cost-effective manufacturing. There is a great need to minimize energy losses in process industries and in district heating networks, and the technical advantage of insulating pipes with thermally insulating paint instead of traditional insulation to prevent corrosion will drive demand.  In 2019, new color systems have been developed at customers and partners where Quartzene can be used in applications up to 300°C. This presents opportunities to use Quartzene for heat-insulating coatings in new areas, for example in high-temperature process industries. According to Svenska Aerogel, Quartzene reduces thermal conductivity and is used as a surface layer to save energy, limit heat loss, reduce condensation issues and reduce work environment risks involving hot surfaces.