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Andrea Giles

Andrea joined Aspen Aerogels in May 2016. She's in charge of Aspen's Digital Marketing and Communications. She brings with her lots of marketing know-how, a bit of humor, and a love of story telling.

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The Advantages of Versatility - Pyrogel and Cryogel Insulation

Posted by Andrea Giles on December 11, 2017

What comes to mind when you think of the word versatility? Multipurpose tools are versatile. All-around athletes are versatile. But your industrial insulation? 

Something that's versatile can be adapted to many uses—and nothing exemplifies that more than a roll of Pyrogel® or Cryogel® flexible aerogel insulation blankets. With their simple roll format, and single product SKU, Pyrogel or Cryogel can be easily adapted to fit a multitude of forms and to meet a wide range of functions.

Versatile insulation, however, means more than just being useful in diverse applications and in nearly any area of your plant. In fact, the biggest advantage of versatile insulation is that it can save you significant time and expense.  Here's how: 

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Topics: Aerogel Insulation, Versatility

Going Green with Pyrogel Insulation, One Steam Vault at a Time

Posted by Andrea Giles on August 31, 2017

Would you recognize a steam vault if you walked over one?  

If you're like most people, you’re probably not aware that steam vaults exist—until the vault providing process steam or heat to your building requires maintenance.

Network operators devote a significant amount of time and energy to keeping their steam systems running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If you never notice a steam vault, they've done their job. We have the same objective. If a steam vault insulated with Pyrogel® XTE aerogel blankets goes unnoticed, it means our insulation is doing its job. 

So, how can you tell if steam vault insulation is or isn't working? There's a telltale sign to look for next time you're out and about, and it's as green as the grass you walk on. 

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Topics: District Energy, Steam Distribution

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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