BASF SE and US-based Aspen Aerogels Inc. will launch a joint insulation product during the Insulation Expo Europe (IEX) show in Cologne, to be held 16-17 May.
The German chemicals giant said Slentex is an “easy-to-process and non-combustible material based entirely on mineral raw materials.”
As a single-layer, flexible mat, said BASF, the material achieves much lower thermal conductivity than conventional insulation materials and permits the construction of very slim thermal insulation systems.
Slentex, said BASF, also permits the diffusion of water vapor while also being hydrophobic.
This significantly reduces the risk of mould development.
“Thanks to its flexibility, the insulation material adapts very well to building geometries and meets high energy standards at the same time,” said project manager Wibke Lölsberg, responsible at BASF for the global market launch of the product.
The high-performance insulation is an inorganic aerogel and has been developed jointly with Aspen Aerogels.
“We and BASF are delighted to be able to jointly present the new high-performance insulation material to an international audience and are convinced of its potential for positively contributing to modern, energy-efficient construction,” said Gregg Landes, vice president, innovation and strategic development, Aspen Aerogels.
Aerogels are derived from a gel where gas replaces the liquid component of the synthetic porous material. The material is ultralight, with extremely low density and thermal conductivity, making it ideal for insulation applications.