An updated review of various types of aerogels and their fabrication methods, and identifies current and emerging applications for each type; this report focuses on energy and other applications
Delineation of current and emerging applications of aerogels identified and divided by sector (i.e., thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical/ biological/pharmaceutical/
A breakdown of the global industry structure, including a complete list of suppliers with descriptions of their products and comprehensive company profiles
A patent analysis by region, country, assignee, category, application, and material type.
Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:
Provide an updated review of aerogels, including a description of their types and fabrication technologies.
Highlight new technological developments in aerogel manufacturing, while outlining current technical issues.
Review existing fields of application for aerogels and investigate emerging applications.
Estimate current global markets for aerogels based on shape, material, application, and region, with growth forecasts through 2017 for each market segment.
Identify important technology and market trends within each market segment.
Offer an updated review of current producers of aerogels.
Determine trends in U.S. patents issued during the 2010-2012 period.
Reasons for Doing this Study
Aerogels are characterized as ultra-light materials due to their nanoporous structure. The global market for microporous and nanoporous materials, including aerogels, is projected to be worth more than $5 billion in 2012 with continued steady growth. Aerogels are currently estimated to represent a 3% share of this market; a share that is expected to grow in the future as the use of aerogels continues to expand at a much faster rate than other materials.
Aerogels can be produced in various shapes (powders, microspheres, granules, beads, monoliths, sheets, blankets, rolls, and coatings) to satisfy the requirements of particular industrial sectors, such as thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical, biological, pharmaceutical, and personal care, among others.
At the time of BCC's last report (early 2009), the global market for aerogels was valued at $83 million for all of 2008 and growing at a rapid rate. However, due to an unusually severe global economic slowdown between late 2007 and the end of 2009, the aerogel market contracted in 2009, as many sectors in which these products are used suffered significant drops in business activity (for example, commercial and residential construction)
The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of the aerogel industry, focusing on markets and technologies, and to outline future trends and key developments.
There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of the aerogel industry from a global standpoint. As use of aerogel-based products expands and new fields of application emerge, information on regional production, sales, and types of suppliers becomes more valuable.
An equally important reason for undertaking this study is to provide technical insights into aerogel manufacturing by:
Providing a review of aerogel types, their applications, and fabrication technologies.
Identifying current technical issues and trends.
Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities related to aerogels, resulting in the issuance of patents.
Illustrating the latest technological developments.
This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.
Scope of Report
This study provides an updated review of aerogel technology, including materials and fabrication processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for each type of aerogel.
BCC Research determines the current market status of aerogels, defines trends, and presents growth forecasts for the next 5 years. The aerogel industry is also analyzed on a worldwide basis from the standpoint of both manufacturing and consumption. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.
More specifically, BCC's market analysis is divided into eight sections.
In the first section, a historical review of aerogel technology is provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications of aerogels are also identified and divided by sector (i.e., thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical/biological/
The second section of the study provides a technological review of aerogels. This section offers a revised and detailed description of aerogel materials, properties, shapes and sizes; aerogel applications by material type; and typical fabrication methods and recent process upgrades. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments and improvements since 2009, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for.
The third section of the report entails a global market analysis of aerogels. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented by aerogel shape, material, application, and region, with actual data referring to the years 2010 and 2011, and estimates for 2012.
This section concludes with a presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends, unit price trends, and regional trends. Projected aerogel revenues are reported, with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period 2012 through 2017.
The final section includes an extensive U.S. patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to aerogel materials, formulations, fabrication processes, and applications, issued during the period 2010 through 2012. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application, and material type.
Aerogels -- Focus on Energy and Other Applications:
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