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Silicones and Energy
May 23, 2016

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.

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. From 100 metres off the ground or the sea, silicone adhesives can resist the toughest conditions and extremes of temperature. They reliably keep together materials that used to be difficult to unite. 

Solar panels
Silicone improves the efficiency, durability, and performance of solar panels and electricity-generating devices, making them more cost-effective. 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.

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.

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.