The Global Market for Aerogels to 2031

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Published June 2021 |  135 pages, 39 tables, 35 figures | Table of contents

Aerogels demonstrate exceptional performance as thermal, acoustic absorbents or insulators, shock absorbers, in batteries, as electrical insulators, as catalyst supports, drug carriers, cosmic dust collectors, and in nuclear-waste storage materials. Aerogels are the most promising, high-performance thermal and acoustic insulation materials for building applications; and their high visible, solar radiation transmittance is a desirable attribute for application in insulating windows.

Aerogels are highly porous nanostructured materials that exhibit special characteristics including:

  • low density;
  • low thermal conductivity;
  • high surface area (150 m2/g and above);
  • high and open porosity (typically in the 95–99.99 % range);
  • excellent impact damping properties;
  • flame and moisture resistance;
  • low optical index of refraction;
  • high air flowability;
  • low speed of sound;
  • high loading capacity;
  • tuneable chemical functionalities;
  • renewable resources;
  • low dielectric constant.

 

These properties are desirable for applications in:

  • Biomedical
    • Drug delivery carriers.
    • Tissue engineering (synthetic bone grafts).
    • Wound dressings.
  • Energy infrastructure
    • Refineries. 
    • Petrochemical.
    • Oil sands.
    • Offshore.
    • Power generation.
  • Environmental absorbents, sensors and catalysts
    • Wastewater treatment.
    • Air and water pollutant detection.
    • Sound insulation.
  • Food
    • Delivery.
    • Food additives.
    • Storage of temperature-sensitive food.
  • Building and construction
    • Non-combustible thermal insulation.
    • Composite panels and blankets.
    • Insulated spray rendering.
    • Polycarbonate wall panels.
    • Coatings and paints
    • Window insulation.
    • Removal of indoor air contaminants.
  • Energy conversion and storage
    • Lithium-ion batteries.
    • Electric vehicles.
    • Supercapacitors.
    • Fuel cells.
    • Solar.
  • Apparel and textiles.
    • Thermal insulation.
    • Antibacterial textiles.
    • Medical textiles.
    • Flame retardant textiles.
    • Footwear.
  • Cold-chain packaging.
    • Insulated packaging.
  • Aerospace.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Sport goods composites.

 

Aerogels can be divided into two broad categories, namely inorganic and organic, each category being further divided according to the nature of the materials used in the design of the gel structure.

Report contents include:

  • Market drivers.
  • Market challenges.
  • Recent market activity. 
  • Impact of COVID-19 crisis on the aerogels market.
  • Assessment of aerogels market by types. 
  • Global revenues 2018 to 2031 by type, markets and regions.
  • End user market analysis. 
  • Patent analysis. 
  • Assessment of key industry players.
  • 37 Company profiles. Companies profiled include Armacell, Aspen Aerogel, Blueshift Materials, Cabot Corporation, Enersens SAS,  JIOS Aerogel, Guangdong Alison Hi-Tech Co., Ltd. and many more. 

 

1              EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   11

  • 1.1          Market drivers  13
  • 1.2          Aerogel producers and capacities              17
  • 1.3          Impact of COVID-19 crisis              17
  • 1.4          Market and technology challenges           18
  • 1.5          Market developments 2020-2021              19

 

2              TYPES OF AEROGELS       20

  • 2.1          Aerogels              20
    • 2.1.1      Origin of Aerogels            20
    • 2.1.2      Classification      21
    • 2.1.3      Commercially available aerogels 22
  • 2.2          Production methods for aerogels              22
    • 2.2.1      Sol-gel process  24
    • 2.2.2      Aging     25
    • 2.2.3      Hydrophobization/surface modification 26
    • 2.2.4      Drying methods 26
      • 2.2.4.1   Overview of drying methods       27
      • 2.2.4.2   Advantages and disadvantages  28
  • 2.3          Technology Readiness Level (TRL)             30
  • 2.4          Competitive factors in the aerogels market          33
  • 2.5          Silica aerogels    33
    • 2.5.1      Properties           34
      • 2.5.1.1   Thermal conductivity      34
      • 2.5.1.2   Mechanical         34
    • 2.5.2      Products              35
      • 2.5.2.1   Monoliths           35
      • 2.5.2.2   Powder 35
      • 2.5.2.3   Granules              35
      • 2.5.2.4   Blankets               36
      • 2.5.2.5   Aerogel boards 37
      • 2.5.2.6   Aerogel renders 38
      • 2.5.2.7   Cost       38
    • 2.5.3      Main players      38
  • 2.6          Aerogel-like polymer foams        39
  • 2.7          Metal oxide aerogels      39
  • 2.8          Organic aerogels              40
    • 2.8.1      Polymer aerogels             40
      • 2.8.1.1   Companies         41
    • 2.8.2      Biobased aerogels (bio-aerogels)              41
      • 2.8.2.1   Cellulose aerogels            42
      • 2.8.2.2   Lignin aerogels  44
      • 2.8.2.3   Alginate aerogels             44
      • 2.8.2.4   Starch aerogels 44
      • 2.8.2.5   Chitosan aerogels            46
      • 2.8.2.6   Protein aerogels               46
      • 2.8.2.7   Silk fiber              46
    • 2.8.3      Carbon aerogels               47
      • 2.8.3.1   Companies         48
    • 2.8.4      Carbon nanotube aerogels           48
    • 2.8.5      Graphene aerogels         48
    • 2.8.6      3D printed aerogels        49
  • 2.9          Hybrid and composite aerogels  50
    • 2.9.1      Mixed oxide aerogels     51
    • 2.9.2      Metal oxide aerogel composites 51
    • 2.9.3      Carbon-based aerogel composites           51

 

3              MARKETS AND APPLICATIONS FOR AEROGELS     53

  • 3.1          Competitive landscape  53
  • 3.2          Oil and Gas         54
    • 3.2.1      Market overview             55
  • 3.3          Building and construction             56
    • 3.3.1      Market overview             57
  • 3.4          Energy conversion and storage  58
    • 3.4.1      Market overview             58
  • 3.5          Biomedical          59
    • 3.5.1      Drug delivery     60
      • 3.5.1.1   Market overview             60
    • 3.5.2      Tissue engineering          61
      • 3.5.2.1   Market overview             61
    • 3.5.3      Medical implants              62
      • 3.5.3.1   Market overview             62
    • 3.5.4      Wound care        63
      • 3.5.4.1   Market overview             63
  • 3.6          Cold-Chain packaging     64
    • 3.6.1      Market overview             64
  • 3.7          Electronics          65
    • 3.7.1      Market overview             65
  • 3.8          Filtration, separation, and sorption          66
    • 3.8.1      Market overview             66
  • 3.9          High-performance textiles           68
    • 3.9.1      Market overview             68
  • 3.10        Food      69
    • 3.10.1    Market overview             69
  • 3.11        Catalysts              70
    • 3.11.1    Market overview             70
  • 3.12        Paint and coating additives          70
    • 3.12.1    Market overview             70
  • 3.13        Aerospace          71
    • 3.13.1    Market overview             71
  • 3.14        Cosmetics           73
    • 3.14.1    Market overview             73
  • 3.15        Automotive        74
    • 3.15.1    Market overview             74
  • 3.16        Other markets and applications 75

 

4              AEROGEL PATENTS          76

  • 4.1          Patent applications          76

 

5              GLOBAL AEROGELS REVENUES   78

  • 5.1          Total, 2018-2031               78
  • 5.2          By market, 2018-2031     80
  • 5.3          By material, 2018-2031   82
  • 5.4          By region, 2018-2031       84

 

6              AEROGEL COMPANY PROFILES   85 (37 COMPANY PROFILES)

 

7              OTHER COMPANIES WITH AEROGEL ACTIVITIES  129

 

8              EX-PRODUCERS 129

 

9              RESEARCH SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY 130

  • 9.1          Report scope     130
  • 9.2          Research methodology 130

 

10           REFERENCES       132

 

Tables

  • Table 1. Market drivers for aerogels.       13
  • Table 2. Aerogel producers and capacities-current and planned. 17
  • Table 3. Assessment of impact from COVID-19 crisis by end user market. Key: Low, little impact and market will continue to grow. Medium, market impacted to some degree affecting growth prospects over next 1-2 years. High: Market significantly impacted.   17
  • Table 4. Market and technology challenges in aerogels.  18
  • Table 5. Aerogels market developments 2020-2021.         19
  • Table 6.  General properties and value of aerogels.           22
  • Table 7. Synthesis methods-Aerogels synthesised, advantages and disadvantages.             23
  • Table 8. Drying methods for aerogel production. 27
  • Table 9. Advantages and disadvantages of drying methods.          28
  • Table 10. Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Examples.    31
  • Table 11. Commercially available aerogel-enhanced blankets.     37
  • Table 12. Main manufacturers of silica aerogels and product offerings.    38
  • Table 13. Typical structural properties of metal oxide aerogels.   40
  • Table 14. Polymer aerogels companies.  41
  • Table 15. Types of biobased aerogels.     42
  • Table 16. Carbon aerogel companies.      48
  • Table 17. Market overview of aerogels in oil and gas-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          55
  • Table 18. Market overview of aerogels in building and construction-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.               57
  • Table 19. Market overview of aerogels in energy conversion and storage-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.               58
  • Table 20. Market overview of aerogels in drug delivery-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          60
  • Table 21. Market overview of aerogels in tissue engineering-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.             61
  • Table 22. Market overview of aerogels in medical implants-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.             62
  • Table 23. Market overview of aerogels in wound care-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          63
  • Table 24. Market overview of aerogels in cold-chain packaging-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.      64
  • Table 25. Market overview of aerogels in electronics-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          65
  • Table 26. Market overview of aerogels in filtration, separation, and sorption-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.               66
  • Table 27. Market overview of aerogels in textiles- market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          68
  • Table 28. Market overview of aerogels in food- market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          69
  • Table 29. Market overview of aerogels in catalysts-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          70
  • Table 30. Market overview of aerogels in paints and coatings-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.             70
  • Table 31. Market overview of aerogels in aerospace-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          71
  • Table 32. Market overview of aerogels in cosmetics-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          73
  • Table 33. Market overview of aerogels in automotive-market drivers, types of aerogels utilized, motivation for use of aerogels, applications, TRL.          74
  • Table 34. Other markets and applications for aerogels.   75
  • Table 35. Global market for aerogels, 2018-2031, millions USD.   78
  • Table 36. Global market for aerogels, 2018-2031, millions USD, by market.            81
  • Table 37.  Global market for aerogels, 2018-2031, millions USD, by material.         83
  • Table 38. Other companies with aerogel activities.            129
  • Table 39. Aerogel producers no longer trading.   129

 

Figures

  • Figure 1. SLENTEX® thermal insulation.   13
  • Figure 2. Main characteristics of aerogel type materials. 20
  • Figure 3. Classification of aerogels.           21
  • Figure 4. Schematic of silica aerogels synthesis.  23
  • Figure 5. Aerogel engineering strategies.               25
  • Figure 6. SEM images of the microstructures of (a) alginate and (b) pectin aerogels obtained by supercritical drying, (c) cellulose aerogels by freeze-drying, and (d) silica-cellulose composite aerogels by ambient drying.              26
  • Figure 7. Methods of gel drying. 27
  • Figure 8. Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for aerogels. 33
  • Figure 9. Flower resting on a piece of silica aerogel suspended in mid air by the flame of a bunsen burner.              34
  • Figure 10. Monolithic aerogel.    35
  • Figure 11. Aerogel granules.        35
  • Figure 12. Internal aerogel granule applications. 36
  • Figure 13. Slentite.          38
  • Figure 14. Methods for producing bio-based aerogels.    41
  • Figure 15. Fabrication routes for starch-based aerogels. 45
  • Figure 16. Schematic of silk fiber aerogel synthesis.          47
  • Figure 17. Commonly employed printing technologies for aerogels.           49
  • Figure 18. Schematic for direct ink writing of silica aerogels.         50
  • Figure 19. 3D printed aerogel.    50
  • Figure 20. Segmentation of the aerogel market by application, 2020.         53
  • Figure 21. Pyrogel insulation on a heat-exchange vessel in a petrochemical plant.               55
  • Figure 22. Aerogel construction applications.       56
  • Figure 23. Aerogel dust collector.              72
  • Figure 24. Aerogel patents 2010-2021.    76
  • Figure 25. Global market for aerogels, 2018-2031, millions USD. 79
  • Figure 26. Global market for aerogels, 2018-2031, millions USD, by market.           80
  • Figure 27. Global market for aerogels, 2018-2031, millions USD, by material.         82
  • Figure 28. Global market for aerogels, 2018-2031, millions USD, by region.            84
  • Figure 29. Lignin Aero gel plate. 90
  • Figure 30. Thermal Conductivity Performance of ArmaGel HT.      92
  • Figure 31. SLENTEX® roll (piece).               96
  • Figure 32. CNF gel.           110
  • Figure 33. Block nanocellulose material. 111
  • Figure 34. Melodea CNC suspension.      115
  • Figure 35. Quartzene®. 125

 

 

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