Strict environmental regulations and increased awareness have led to the requirement for environmentally friendly insulation materials for use in industry. Aerogels pose no chemical threat to the environment. They are silica based, which is essentially sand, the principle raw material for glass.
Aerogels contain no respirable fibers and do not require blowing agents, so they are free of CFC and HCFC. These products can be safely disposed and, since the installed volume is considerably less than competing materials, there is less waste going to landfills. Aerogels outstanding thermal properties enable us to use less energy for heating, which also contributes to the cleaner environment.
Cryogel and Pryogel offer excellent resistance to flame spread and smoke emission.
In actual hydrocarbon fires, they protect piping and equipment longer, which is critical to increasing the reaction time needed to respond to a catastrophic event.