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Press Release

Fiberless Thermal Insulator with High Strength and Low Thermal Conductivity Capable of Use at High Temperature Developed

- Energy Consumption Reduced by Approximately 38% through the Combination of Low Thermal Conductivity and High Strength -
February  13,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

As part of a NEDO project, MINO CERAMIC CO., LTD., a member of the Thermal Management Materials and Technology Research Association (TherMAT), in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has developed a fiberless thermal insulator with high strength and low thermal conductivity that can be used at temperatures up to 1,450°C. The material also has a thermal conductivity of 0.25 W/m·K or less and a compressive strength of 10 MPa or more.

When the newly developed insulation material was installed in a small electric furnace for the measurement of electric energy consumption, the researchers verified that power consumption could be reduced by approximately 38% compared against the use of a conventional refractory and heat insulating brick.

The results of this project will be exhibited at the NEDO booth at "nano tech 2017 - 16th International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference" to be held at Tokyo Big Sight from February 15 to February 17 this year.

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    The appearance of the newly developed fiberless thermal insulator with high strength and low thermal conductivity (left) and an electron microscope image of the same material (right).

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Energy Conservation Technology Department
Contact Persons: Tanaka, Kusunose Tel: +81-44-520-5281­

Thermal Management Materials and Technology Research Association
Contact Person: Akao Tel: +81-3-3592-1284­

MINO CERAMIC CO., LTD.
NC Department
Contact Persons: Haga, Tanaka Tel: +81-572-68-3148­

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Structural Materials Research Institute
Contact Person: Yoshizawa Tel: +81-52-736-7100­