Project Objectives

Insulating systems which are suitable for the volume construction market need to fulfil many requirements, which is taken into account in the S&T objectives, in order for the newly developed product to gain widespread acceptance. Immediately below is a list of the S&T objectives which are expanded and quantified in the text which follows:

  • Develop aerogel building blocks which enable stronger aerogels to be manufactured, with thermal conductivity at least 10 times lower than commonly used construction insulation materials.
  • Develop an aerogel production route of lower cost, exploiting the fact that the aerogels are now more robust. A realistic cost target will be to produce aerogel at 5 € per litre in large volume quantities. This is an x30 reduction in cost.
  • Develop the nanotechnology required to attach appropriate chemical groups to the aerogel, to impart the required multi-functionality. An important example of extra functionality is self-cleaning, as this will promote the retention of a low emissivity surface, which will in turn contribute to enhanced thermal performance.
  • Develop new affordable technology to mix the aerogels into the paint or coating
  • systems, and apply the system to buildings. Today's high volume manufacturing
  • processes apply shear forces that are likely to damage the aerogels, despite their
  • enhanced robustness. This objective includes developing suitable technology to ensure that the paint/coatings can be manufactured and applied with reliability and ease by the applicator.
  • Generate material and overall system performance data that drives the project
  • forwards in an efficient and effective manner, as well as providing data that can be used for dissemination to allow the market to see the quantified benefits of the HIPIN approach.