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Aerogel Prices to Drop by 90 Percent?: STOCKHOLM --- Aerogel has been the world’s best form of insulation for

Aerogel Prices to Drop by 90 Percent?: STOCKHOLM --- Aerogel has been the world’s best form of insulation for

STOCKHOLM --- Aerogel has been the world’s best form of insulation for nearly 100 years. The material, however, has only occupied niche markets because of its Rolls-Royce prices. Even inexpensive aerogels -- which look like hunks of plastic but are actually complex, porous strands of silica that capture air or molecules -- start at approximately 50 to 80 euros ($70 to $112) and can sell for far more. The high cost comes largely because the raw materials get cooked in high temperature/high pressure environments in relatively small batches. Svenska Aerogel (SA), one of the numerous companies in Sweden trying to break out of an incubator, has devised a process that can convert silica into aerogels at ambient temperatures at low pressures in a continuous (instead of a batch) fashion, according to CEO Anders Lundstrom. “We’re talking a price reduction of about 90 percent,” he s...

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