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Breakthrough Aerogel 37x Better than Fiberglass

aerogelAerogel has been around for decades. It's the lightest substance ever created, being 99% air. It's strong, light, translucent and is excellent for sound-proofing. But the really exciting thing about aerogel is viagra sample that it insulates 37 times better than fiberglass. Using aerogel as insulation in walls, ceilings, and (as it's transparent) even between double-pained windows, could drastically reduce the amount of energy used in heating and cooling.

Unfortunately, aerogel isn't easy to make. In fact, it costs about $1,300 per pound to inexpensive cialis produce. But a Malaysian researcer at the link for you generic cialis from india Universiti Teknologi, Dr. Halimaton Hamdan, has led a team of researchers who have created a way to produce aerogel that will be 80% cheaper.

What's more, the new aerogel is produced from rice husks, a discarded agricultural product. As you might expect, Malaysia has plenty of rice husks, so they're pretty excited about the possibility of turning them into something valuable. As such, the government has given Hamdan a $65 M grant to help develop a technique for the large-scale production of the new aerogels.

Hamdan's breakthrough was at first accidental. She wanted to do research on silica, but was having a hard time finding the raw material. One night, she saw a television program on the difficulty of disposing of free levitra sample rice husks. And rice husks, it turns out, are 20% silica. After eight years of work, Hamdan finally found a cheap way to produce pure silica from rice husks. And once the silica is acquired, making the viagra soft tabs aerogel is a cinch.

If Dr. Hamdan and her colleagues are able to use that $65 M to scale up production of this material, we should soon be seeing it everywhere. If that happens, the energy savings would be incredible. As a bonus; the production of Maerogel (short for Malaysian Aerogel) would also make use of an abundant natural waste product.

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written by Magnus H., April 09, 2008
This is awesome! I've been waiting for aerogel to come to levitra for sale market since I saw it on Discovery's Beyond 2000 aaaages ago! How much would you say a pound of aerogel actually amounts to?
I'm no good with numbers, but could you take that 99% air number and assume that a pound of aerogel would amount to about one hundred litres of the stuff, if one were to count in litres?
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written by andi, April 09, 2008
Yes how much can you do with one pound of this thing. I assume a lot. So 300$ which would be the new price of one pound is actually cheap isn't it.
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written by capncaveman, April 09, 2008
Wikipedia gives a density of 1.9 mg/cm^3 for aerogel. Assuming this is correct that translates to about .12 lbs/ft^3. That would mean about 8 cubic feet of buy cheapest cialis aerogel per pound. That honestly seems a high price to pay compared with the cost of fiberglass insulation. But obviously one would have to study if the initial investment would pay off over the lifetime of the product.
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it's better than fiberglass
written by Alex, April 09, 2008
capncaveman - aerogel is so much better than fiberglass. It can have as much as 10x lower thermal conductivity, so you need less volume of it to do the same job. And it's nearly clear, so in some cases you can even use it in windows. The real prize would be if you could get rid of that little bit of smoky appearance, then put it in all windows.
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written by capncaveman, April 09, 2008
I'm not quite sure... I love the idea of aerogel replacing fiberglass, but I'm still concerned about the economics. These are "back of buy online prescription levitra the envelope" calculations. Let's say that the order cheap tramadol new aerogel costs roughly $300 / lb. But that aerogel is 37 times more effective than fiberglass. So that would mean the cost of aerogel would drop to buy generic levitra cheap roughly $8 per cubic foot to maintain the same effectiveness as fiberglass. On the other side of the equation, I've seen that fiberglass costs approximately $0.50 per square foot per inch thick. That would be roughly $6 per cubic foot. I think aerogel would have a tough time competing against that. But I'm very excited by this news and I hope that if enough interest is generated by this then manufacturing costs may be driven down and we have a win-win situation here.

Oh... just in case I screwed up any of the math, I apologize beforehand. :)
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written by Justin M, April 10, 2008
I got a chance to play with some aerogel a while ago to demonstrate to kids. The stuff is crazy. We were taking a blow torch to it, getting it red hot, but cool on the other side. It's hard to describe just how light the stuff is. Even though a pound costs a lot, a pound would be huge.

The only bad thing about the aerogel I had was how brittle it was. When it breaks it goes into sharp pieces that are sort of like sticky, sharp fiberglass that gets into you skin.
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written by haichen, April 10, 2008
I thaught about making super insulated fridges. If you have a fridge 200*50*50 cm and discount viagra sales if the insulater would have a thickness of 1 cm, you need 85,5 g Aerogel and so that would cost roundabout 50$.
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written by Magnus H., April 10, 2008
Wow, if those calculations are correct, that's simply brilliant! I could definitely pay 25-40 GBPs extra for a super-insulated fridge. And it doesn't stop there. Think about using it in thermoses or thermo-cups (I use those a LOT, myself) or thermal bags! Heck, it could probably be fashioned in such a way that it'd be usable in sleeping bags, too.

So maybe the economics of aerogel isn't quite there yet for housing (At least for us mere mortals without gold-plated bathrooms, not that I'd ever have one! Ew!) but I think it's probably perfect for a lot of smaller products.
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written by creatinglake, April 10, 2008
Well, I was really excited about this innovation, bringing the price of aeorgel down until I looked on online viagra wikipedia and saw that at best it has an r factor of only best offers legal pharmacy online 105 for 3.5 inches compared to uk propecia an r 13 for fiberglass. That, from what I can tell, is less than 10 times more insulative than fiberglass, not 37 times, bringing the cost to insulation value to 4 times what this article is online pharmacy purchase cialis claiming. Please let me know if I am wrong, I hope that I am.
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written by Lauren, April 10, 2008
Here's a video explainer we did on aerogel:

http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/view/776
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written by Jim, April 11, 2008
While it is exciting to see further developments in aerogel technology there are already sources available for commercial aerogel at a fraction of the costs this "rice husk" technolgy represents.

According to the Malasian release on this developent the generic viagra us cost to produce the material = $600 kg. While this is lower than historic aerogels, it is still very high when compared to Nanogel Aerogel which is alread in the market made by Cabot Corporation. There are also numerous commercial building products being manufactured already and a big pipeline or further developments in the pipeline. Check it out! www.nanogel.com
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written by Nephtali, April 11, 2008
Research for the win !

Nuff respect to researchers for work for progress ;)
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written by Boudewijn, April 14, 2008
Is there anything known about what happens with the product after its been used and thrown away? Is it recyclable?
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written by Paul Smith, April 17, 2008
We are likely talking about different qualities here. Nanogel is particulate and 95% air. Also the price listed could be for product other than pure aerogel. Aspen aerogel make material imbeded with particulate aerogel used in winter clothing, oil pipe insulation etc.
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written by Matt, April 20, 2008
Ive had about a pound of aerogel since about 1998 or 1999. One of my dads friend works at the nevada test site and he had to do a presentation with it back then and cheap tramadol without prescription after he gave it to my dad. Since then the huge block has been crushed numerous times and given away to good choice buy viagra from canada friends but i still have about a cup full of tiny fragments and powder. Anyone know how much this stuff cost back in 1999? :- Ide assume the stuff i had was of the highest quality as to it came from the nevada test site and didn't have much of the blue hue that the aerogel's pictured have
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Bring it on!
written by Bring it on., September 08, 2008
I can't wait for a usable product at a reasonable cost.

I view the get cialis use of aerogel as window material as the greatest potential. Because so much of it is brittle it would have to be sandwiched, and also used in applications were light is needed but views are not.

I wouldn't object to all but one or two windows in my home being of aerogel for the energy savings. Bring it on.
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written by Stephen Bradley, August 13, 2009
Hey guys, just picked up on your posts. My company is about to launch a bottle insulator using aspen's zeroloft aerogel mat. We have been actively working on this for the past 5 years and the cost of the material has come down significantly as Aspen have increased turnover and production. The material is not easy to work with, for instance you can't stitch through it as the needle superheats. Our product 'quiver' we expect to sell for between $30-40 and as you would expect it out performs anything else on the market. We expect to be selling around October but you can check out how things are progressing at www.quiverblog.com. I know that Aspen are actively looking at house insulation but it is more expensive than fibreglass however there is a trade off between that and wall thicknesses.
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written by Benjamin Koshkin, April 28, 2010
Aerogel has a fantastic number of applications if the cost can be materially reduced.

Benjamin Koshkin
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motor coach
written by tom, June 21, 2014
this stuff might be great to use in a motor coach were the thickness of the walls is a big issue and we still want it to well insulated

combined with something like lizard skin paint a 2 inch thick wall would provide a large amount of thermal insulation and www.asian-americans.com not take allot out of the floor plan bottom line when space matters the price becomes less of an issue so what if it cost 2 dollars more per yard to use then fiber glass even if was double that of fiber glass makes little diffrence keeping a place cool or warm while shrinking that small place from cramped to a closet is not worth the savings spend the money and have your living space being brittle is a factor i would like to cheapest online price for generic viagra see reduced how ever

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