Aerogel Impregnated Polyurethane Piping and Duct Insulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90189
Agency Tracking Number: 96064
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 01 d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505-
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Hess
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami Goswami
Title: Dr.
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution
Currently, commercial and residential buildings account for two-fifths of the nations primary energy usage and over one-third the nations carbon emissions. The DOE wishes to reduce the current carbon footprint of housing. Legislation is currently being developed to inspire energy savings and carbon reduction in both the residential and commercial building markets. Technological advances for efficient energy usage within buildings are necessary for such carbon reduction. It is the purpose of this project to develop a means of achieving these energy saving goals. InnoSense LLC (ISL) will develop insulation that will efficiently insulate pipes and ducts that are traditional sources of energy loss. The proposed insulation will consist of composite foam that will be sprayed onto surfaces and formed in situ. The composite structure will improve the insulative properties of the foam while the in situ forming aspects will ensure complete substrate coverage and improve crevice filling. ISL proposes to utilize aerogel particles impregnated in polyurethane foam for insulating purposes. Hydrophobic aerogels will be crushed into particles and incorporated into polyurethane foam. The resulting material will be sprayable foam. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: ISLs aerogel insulation will reduce radiative exchange of housing duct and piping. This will save the amount of energy required to heat or cool. Currently, at least a quarter of the energy produced can be lost due to inefficient modes of conservation. Improved building efficiency will also reduce carbon emissions.

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