- What Are Silicones?
- Silicones Uses
- Sustainability & Environment
- Health & Safety
- Science & Research
Circles are important. Wheels spin, engines rotate and turbines have to turn, after all. Silicone products allow for net CO2 reductions of about 52 million tonnes per year in the EU, North America and Japan. Silicones are used for their unique properties in solar panels and wind turbines to generate clean energy. Silicone help ball bearings run efficiently and enable insulation products, coatings and sealants to save energy – and lots of it.
Silicone producers across Europe have come together to launch a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the little known and impressive benefits of silicones. Our year-round campaign will focus on four sectors where silicones’ enabling properties make their most smart and surprising contributions – renewable energy and energy-efficiency, construction, healthcare and transport.
The first imprint that Neil Armstrong left on lunar soil was made with a silicone rubber boot sole. In addition, new silicone materials used in the lunar and command modules were critical to the crew’s safety and support systems.
The European energy sector buys 13,800 tonnes of silicones for €76 million. The highest demand comes from France, UK, Germany and Italy.
Silicones withstand the sun’s unrelenting rays for years, which make them the ideal material for solar panels and other solar power-generating applications.
Brown goods are greener thanks to silicones. Silicones protect them from heat, dirt, humidity and shock-impacts, prolonging their lives and reducing energy consumption.
The silicones industry is highly innovative and continuously invests more than 4% of its turnover in R&D – almost twice the percentage of GDP spent on R&D in OECD countries.
Advanced adhesives made from silicones bind the giant rotor blades of wind turbines. From 100 metres off the ground or the sea, they can resist the toughest conditions and extremes of temperature.
Silicone lubricants reduce wind turbine maintenance costs and maximise their efficiency which can increase energy generation by up to 8% per turbine.
For every ton of CO2 emitted during the production of silicone rubber applied in vital motor parts, over 86 tonnes of CO2 are saved when the engine is in use.
Silicone technology helps improve tyres’ rolling resistance, reducing fuel consumption by 5% on average.