Transport is one of the fastest growing segments for aerogels, involving cars, trucks, boats, trains, planes and various transport containers. Here, Quartzene can contribute with several benefits from one single solution, for example:

  • Improving thermal and acoustic insulation
  • Lowering weight and increasing space
  • Replacing oil-based products
  • Preventing thermal runaway
  • Contributing to flame retardancy

Application examples: Thermally and acoustically insulating surface layers and composites, insulation of exhaust systems, flame retardant textiles and surface layers, anti-condensation and protection against the thermal runaway of batteries.

Customers: Component manufacturers for the automotive industry, maintenance companies for the transport sector, and manufacturers of functional paints.

Market potential – Quartzene in Transport

The applications are many and until the year 2022, the transport segment is expected to grow at an annual average growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9 percent (1). Demand for efficient material solutions in the transport industry is mainly driven by increased demands on energy efficiency, reduced weight, clean exhaust gases, comfort and safety. According to Svenska Aerogel’s own assessment, the transport industry has extensive and time-consuming development cycles before implementation, which is why it is important to identify niche markets where a significant need can pave the way for rapid implementation.

A large part of the growth in the transport segment is attributable to the automotive industry, where the demand for efficient insulation in vehicles is expected to increase steadily in connection with continued growth in the global car production. Vehicle manufacturers face a challenge to limit energy consumption. Meeting sustainability requirements while shortening production cycle times has motivated many manufacturers to replace their outdated insulation solutions and processes.

An important trend is the ongoing transition to electric vehicles, which according to Svenska Aerogel’s assessment will drive demand for light, highly efficient insulation materials that are also fire-retardant. Heating or cooling the passenger compartment reduces the battery capacity and therefore the vehicle’s range. This transition presents a growing need for insulation solutions as the internal combustion engine will gradually be replaced by battery-powered vehicles that place new demands on energy and heat management. Quartzene’s property of being thermally insulating is also vital for various car components such as engines and batteries. With Quartzene, efficient insulation is achieved without giving rise to either reduced cabin space or high energy consumption, which is a great advantage for electric vehicle manufacturers. In addition to being thermally insulating, Quartzene is also moisture resistant, contributes to insulation against sound and noise and provides excellent fire retardancy. (2)

Quartzene can also provide benefits in marine applications. About 90 percent of global trade is conducted via maritime transport and accounts for about 4 percent of global emissions. (3) Sustainability and safety are top priorities in the marine industry and there is a great need for efficient energy saving solutions. Due to its unique material properties, Quartzene can be used in confined spaces on various types of vessels and offshore platforms. (4)

(1,4) Markets and Markets – Aerogel market: Forecast to 2022, 2017

(2,3) Markets and Markets – Insulation coatings market: Forecast to 2023, 2019