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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.

Surprised?

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.

Discover the other benefits of silicones

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  • 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.

Insights

  • Factsheet: Silicones and Energy

    Silicones boost energy performance and renewable energy technologies.

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  • Factsheet: Silicones and Construction

    See how silicones have revolutionised many aspects of construction.

    Download
  • Si-Chemistry carbon balance study

    The first study on the GHG emissions linked to the entire life cycle of silicones.

    Download
  • The findings in a nutshell

    A summary of the GHG benefits of silicones.

    Download
  • F.A.Q

    Your questions on the Si-Chemistry carbon balance study answered.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Transport

    Silicones are vital components in cars, airplanes, trains and ships.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Health

    Silicones are an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

    Download
More Insights
  • Si-Chemistry carbon balance study

    The first study on the GHG emissions linked to the entire life cycle of silicones.

    Download
  • The findings in a nutshell

    A summary of the GHG benefits of silicones.

    Download
  • F.A.Q

    Your questions on the Si-Chemistry carbon balance study answered.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Transport

    Silicones are vital components in cars, airplanes, trains and ships.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Health

    Silicones are an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Construction

    See how silicones have revolutionised many aspects of construction.

    Download
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Energy

    Silicones boost energy performance and renewable energy technologies.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Energy

    Silicones boost energy performance and renewable energy technologies.

    Download
  • Si-Chemistry carbon balance study

    The first study on the GHG emissions linked to the entire life cycle of silicones.

    Download
  • The findings in a nutshell

    A summary of the GHG benefits of silicones.

    Download
  • F.A.Q

    Your questions on the Si-Chemistry carbon balance study answered.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Construction

    See how silicones have revolutionised many aspects of construction.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Health

    Silicones are an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

    Download
More Insights
  • Factsheet: Silicones and Transport

    Silicones are vital components in cars, airplanes, trains and ships.

    Download
More Insights

Industry News

  • 15,000 m² of glass fibre and silicone used in Roman building

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  • 3D silicone replica of a human body recreates feel of emergency surgery for trainee doctors

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  • The world’s first entirely autonomous silicone robot

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  • Made of gold and silicone, powered by heart cells of rats – meet the robo-ray

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  • Silicone bracelet helps bus passengers travelling with visual or hearing impairments

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  • Women opt for environmentally friendly silicone menstrual cups over tampons

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  • (FR article) Silicone hydrogel contact lens can now monitor diabetes

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  • A new silicone cap can help patients to face cancer head-on

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  • Scientists make a silicone 'second skin' to hide wrinkles

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  • A silicone ring could help lower the risk of vision loss

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  • Silicone reusable sanitary product to help young women in developing countries

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  • Artificial Heart Muscles One Step Closer With Cheap, Robust Silicone Elastomer

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  • UK patent granted for revolutionary 3D silicone printing

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  • Drug-coated silicone ring cuts HIV risk by more than half in some women

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  • Scientists create tiny brain-scanning implants that dissolve completely after use

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  • France plans to build 1,000 kilometers of energy-collecting solar roads by 2021

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  • Smartphones could generate own power with new coating

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  • Pozzoni breathes new life into 80s Barclays Bank

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  • Prosthetic feet Christmas gift for football fan brothers

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More Industry News
  • Pozzoni breathes new life into 80s Barclays Bank

    Read more
  • Prosthetic feet Christmas gift for football fan brothers

    Read more
  • Scientists create tiny brain-scanning implants that dissolve completely after use

    Read more
  • France plans to build 1,000 kilometers of energy-collecting solar roads by 2021

    Read more
  • Smartphones could generate own power with new coating

    Read more
  • Drug-coated silicone ring cuts HIV risk by more than half in some women

    Read more
  • UK patent granted for revolutionary 3D silicone printing

    Read more
  • Artificial Heart Muscles One Step Closer With Cheap, Robust Silicone Elastomer

    Read more
  • Silicone reusable sanitary product to help young women in developing countries

    Read more
  • A silicone ring could help lower the risk of vision loss

    Read more
  • Scientists make a silicone 'second skin' to hide wrinkles

    Read more
  • A new silicone cap can help patients to face cancer head-on

    Read more
  • (FR article) Silicone hydrogel contact lens can now monitor diabetes

    Read more
  • Women opt for environmentally friendly silicone menstrual cups over tampons

    Read more
  • Silicone bracelet helps bus passengers travelling with visual or hearing impairments

    Read more
  • Made of gold and silicone, powered by heart cells of rats – meet the robo-ray

    Read more
  • The world’s first entirely autonomous silicone robot

    Read more
  • 3D silicone replica of a human body recreates feel of emergency surgery for trainee doctors

    Read more
  • 15,000 m² of glass fibre and silicone used in Roman building

    Read more
More Industry News
  • France plans to build 1,000 kilometers of energy-collecting solar roads by 2021

    Read more
  • Smartphones could generate own power with new coating

    Read more
More Industry News
  • 15,000 m² of glass fibre and silicone used in Roman building

    Read more
  • Pozzoni breathes new life into 80s Barclays Bank

    Read more
More Industry News
  • 3D silicone replica of a human body recreates feel of emergency surgery for trainee doctors

    Read more
  • The world’s first entirely autonomous silicone robot

    Read more
  • Made of gold and silicone, powered by heart cells of rats – meet the robo-ray

    Read more
  • Silicone bracelet helps bus passengers travelling with visual or hearing impairments

    Read more
  • Women opt for environmentally friendly silicone menstrual cups over tampons

    Read more
  • (FR article) Silicone hydrogel contact lens can now monitor diabetes

    Read more
  • A new silicone cap can help patients to face cancer head-on

    Read more
  • Scientists make a silicone 'second skin' to hide wrinkles

    Read more
  • A silicone ring could help lower the risk of vision loss

    Read more
  • Silicone reusable sanitary product to help young women in developing countries

    Read more
  • Artificial Heart Muscles One Step Closer With Cheap, Robust Silicone Elastomer

    Read more
  • UK patent granted for revolutionary 3D silicone printing

    Read more
  • Drug-coated silicone ring cuts HIV risk by more than half in some women

    Read more
  • Scientists create tiny brain-scanning implants that dissolve completely after use

    Read more
  • Prosthetic feet Christmas gift for football fan brothers

    Read more
More Industry News
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