Aerogel Academy

Aerogels – From a Lab Curiosity to an Industrial Reality

Posted by Brian Cahill on July 26, 2017

During his post-doctoral fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory, George Gould, Vice President of Research & Development at Aspen Aerogels, was first introduced to aerogels—nanoporous solids that are extremely important not only for thermal insulation, but also for the future of energy and energy savings.

Since then, George and the team at Aspen have been engineering products for performance, safety, and sustainability—effectively changing the way people think about insulation. As George told us, he truly believes that through advancements in chemistry and engineering, our products can make the world a better place.

It's this "changing the world kind of passion" that makes having a conversation with George so captivating. It's also why we decided to record our most recent sit-down with George so we could share his—and the company's—point of view regarding how aerogel technology innovations are making a difference today. 

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Topics: Aerogel Insulation, R&D, Aerogel Technology Platform

Case Study: Duke University Insulating Steam Systems with Pyrogel® XTE

Posted by Andrea Giles on June 23, 2017

Whether in a university, municipality, hospital or factory complex, district energy steam network operators are united in a constant effort to improve system quality and reliability to consistently provide the capacity to meet customer demands.

Duke University is no exception.

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Topics: District Energy, Steam Distribution

The Top Aerogel Insulation Installation Tips Revealed

Posted by Andrea Giles on May 31, 2017

Fresh off a trip to The Land Down Under, we spent a few minutes with Shane Hebert, senior applications engineer at Aspen Aerogels. Shane was in Australia to conduct installation training for an LNG liquefaction project, something that's a mainstay of his job description. Shane has traveled to over 25 countries, visiting end-users, EPC's, and contractors alike to offer training and support, including the best techniques to properly install our flexible aerogel insulation products.

Shane is an expert, no doubt about it. That's why we asked him to reveal his top tips for anyone new to our material—and for seasoned aerogel veterans alike.  

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Topics: Aerogel Insulation, Productivity

Resiliency, Steam Distribution Networks, and Pyrogel

Posted by Andrea Giles on March 29, 2017

It seems fitting that we're exhibiting at NACE Corrosion 2017 in New Orleans, a city that's faced so many challenges due to water—one of the key ingredients to the corrosion process.  While corrosion and the prevention of it will be a major topic at the show, we'll also be focused on resiliency and using Pyrogel aerogel blanket insulation to "keep it dry." 

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Topics: Weather, Wet Insulation, District Energy, Steam Distribution

Making Better Windows with Aerogel

Posted by Andrea Giles on February 23, 2017

If you catch a member of our research and development team staring out the window in the middle of the day, they aren't just daydreaming. Chances are, they're hard at work finding ways to use transparent aerogel and flexible aerogel blanket insulation to improve the energy efficiency of windows.

Our team, and others, are putting the superior insulating performance of aerogel to work to make more efficient windows, albeit in different ways.

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Topics: Aerogel Insulation, R&D, Energy Efficiency

Pyrogel on the High Seas

Posted by Andrea Giles on January 31, 2017

Let's start with two questions:

  1. What's the highest wind speed recorded in the North Sea?
  2. And how is Pyrogel® aerogel insulation related to that figure?  
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Topics: Weather, Topside Advantages, Offshore Platforms, Simplifed Logistics

How Does Weather Affect Your Turnaround Schedule?

Posted by Andrea Giles on January 31, 2017

Turnarounds and other maintenance events, both big and small, take lots of planning and preparation. It's an orchestrated event filled with charts, schedules, people, and milestones. So what happens when Mother Nature decides to stir things up with inclement weather?

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Topics: Turnarounds, Weather, Wet Insulation

Staying Warm, Staying Fit with the Help of Aerogel Insulated Apparel

Posted by Andrea Giles on January 31, 2017

Just because it's winter doesn't mean your fitness routine goes into hibernation. 

For many of you, a bike ride or other outdoor activity is still part of your fitness plan. Frost, snow, or cold temperatures aren't going to keep you indoors. However, you also know how important staying warm is—not only to your comfort, but to your fitness goals.  

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Topics: Weather, Apparel, Aerogel Insulation

About This Blog
If you ever wanted to know more about aerogels and the important role they play in our world, this is the blog for you. We’ll shed light on these remarkable materials, starting with our breakthrough innovations in silica aerogel blanket insulations. Join us as we venture into a world where aerogels made from a variety of materials play critical roles in energy storage, natural resource preservation, and more. Welcome to our Aerogel Technology Platform. Welcome to Aspen Aerogels.

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