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Cabot Corporation and GE Plastics plan to develop Lexan Thermoclear sheet with Nanogel translucent aerogel

Cabot Corporation : 02 December, 2003  (New Product)
Cabot Corporation intends to work with GE Structured Products to jointly market a LEXAN THERMOCLEAR multi-wall sheet filled with NANOGEL Translucent aerogel.
Manufactured exclusively by Cabot through a patented process, NANOGEL Translucent aerogel is a lightweight, nanoporous insulation material that when properly installed can deliver increased thermal insulation and light transmission levels between two and four times higher than alternative products currently available in the marketplace.

LEXAN THERMOCLEAR sheet, produced by GE Structured Products, is an impact resistant, energy saving, multi-wall polycarbonate glazing material that features a proprietary surface treatment which provides superior resistance to the degrading affects of UV light.

According to Bernd Springler, commercial leader, GE Structured Products Europe: “Bringing our two world-leading technologies together to create a NANOGEL filled LEXAN THERMOCLEAR sheet, will result in a new and exciting product for the construction industry. It is expected to be an extremely strong panel ideally suited for building features, such as translucent roofing or wall elements that offers outstanding light diffusion and thermal insulating properties.”

James Satterwhite, building and construction marketing director of NANOGEL at Cabot Corporation said, “NANOGEL filled LEXAN THERMOCLEAR multi-wall sheet will allow architects substantially greater design freedom, allowing a wider scope to maximize natural light to ‘museum light’ quality, and at the same time meet the increasingly lower U-values (higher R-values) required by building insulation regulations. We see LEXAN THERMOCLEAR multi-wall sheet with NANOGEL aerogel as a breakthrough product that will stimulate innovation in building design.”

According to NASA researchers, aerogels are the “worlds most insulating solid material.” NANOGEL is a waterproof translucent aerogel that can be produced in a range of particle sizes to optimize appearance and fenestration performance. Importantly, in a 25mm section panel, NANOGEL delivers up to 40% light transmission and provides thermal insulation as low as 0.8 W/m2-K Value. Furthermore, it also provides an improved acoustic insulation of up to 5 dB.

LEXAN THERMOCLEAR multi-wall sheet with NANOGEL is expected to bring a wide range of benefits to building applications. These include:
* The use of larger panels for significantly improved light diffusion, without shadows and without the need for sunshades.
* Reduced energy costs due to significantly improved thermal insulation.
* Improved comfort due to better sound dampening.
* Superior aesthetic effects when viewed from either the exterior or interior of a building.
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