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Silicones and Energy

A relatively modest quantity of silicone can be sufficient to obtain a large increase in the efficiency of processes, energy consumption and use of materials.

A selection of applications using silicones

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A total of 14,000 metric tons of silicone products were sold to the energy market, with sales of €76 million.

Silicones enhance renewable energy technologies

Wind Turbines
One of the most important renewable energy technologies is wind power. Turbines in windy places rotate, generating electricity which is fed onto the power grid. Advanced adhesives made from silicones bind the giant rotor blades of wind turbines reducing maintenance costs. These efficiency gains may increase energy generation by up to 8% per turbine. (Source: Dow)

Solar panels
Silicones are used in 90% of solar panels, aiding durability and functionality and providing durable bonds and seals alongside electrical insulation. While solar cells are made of silicon, silicones are used during module assembly and installation as encapsulants, coatings, adhesives, and sealants. Because they can withstand the sun’s unrelenting rays for years, silicones are ideal materials for solar panel and other solar power-generating applications.

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Silicones protect your favourite electronics devices

Silicone technology is key to long-term performance of many, increasingly small, portable and sophisticated devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, tablet computers, GPS, hearing aids and many more. As devices become smaller, they also become more dependent on the efficient electrical and heat insulation silicones can provide to avoid costly and dangerous interruptions that otherwise could result from exposure to the elements. Silicones also protect the parts from heat, dirt, humidity and shock-impacts.

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Silicones enable energy-efficiency

Silicone products are technology enablers that reduce the CO2 emissions of many essential products and services. The largest energy cuts are made in the transport and construction sectors

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To learn more about the GSC’s carbon balance study visit Silicones Carbon Balance.

By using products made with silicones, you generate on average 9 TIMES LESS GREENHOUSE GASES than were emitted during manufacturing and disposal of that product.