Aerogel Core Ltd
Aerogel Core Ltd founded by financing from Innovate UK, through the ICURe Programme, will create new technologies for the aerospace and automotive sectors, in the form of ultra-light, low carbon ‘aerogel’ insulation materials.
Aerogel Core Ltd develops ultra-light, low carbon "aerogel" insulating materials
Aerogel Core Ltd is a new business founded by a group of engineers from the University of Bath, specialises in the development of ultra-lightweight “aerogels” that may be used in the aerospace and automotive sectors to insulate noise and heat.
The team has received funding from Innovate UK, through the ICURe programme, to spin out the business and market its cutting-edge aerogels, which are synthetic, porous materials created by substituting gas for the liquid component typically present in gels.
Importantly, the team has figured out how to employ graphene to make aerogels that keep their form and strength without collapsing.
Ultralight aerogels offer additional useful qualities than tuneable acoustics, such insulation from heat, fire, and electromagnetic interference. A material having a significant influence across a wide range of industrial sectors is produced by the connection of both acoustic and other functional qualities.
The material, which has the best acoustic qualities for a material with an extraordinarily low density, specifically satisfies the functionality of special technical applications for the aircraft industry.
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Gian-Piero Malfense Fierro, Research Fellow
"Utilising our material would result in a weight reduction of up to 50% for comparable materials, which would result in an estimated 30-90 tonne decrease in CO2 emissions annually for a fleet of 280 aircraft like British Airways”. "This is revolutionary for the aerospace sector. We are eager to commercialise the technology and demonstrate the scalability of our production method. The money obtained from Innovate UK proves that our research is not only theoretical or done in the lab but has real-world application and, most importantly, contributes to society. After being split off, we now have plans to enter new industries including the automotive, maritime, and acoustic insulation sectors to help the government achieve its goals of greener construction"
Net Zero by 2050
The calculations for CO2 reduction to the aerospace industry go a long way in demonstrating the potential to support the government with their net zero strategy to build back greener, which aims to decarbonize all sectors of the economy by 2050, according to Ali Hadavizadeh, the technology transfer manager who helped the research team develop their technology from Research and Innovation Services (RIS) at the University. He adds “Additionally, it serves as a superb model for our university’s approach for advancing our fundamental values of adopting best environmental practises and prioritising sustainability in our research.”
What's next for Aerogel Core ltd?
The team will now concentrate on demonstrating the technology’s scalability through increased material research and manufacturing process automation. The Innovate UK funding will help to launch the commercialization process and broaden the business case for further markets.