Microporous insulation markets
Microtherm® is the best performing and most versatile high temperature insulation available.
It also out performs other insulation products at ambient and low temperatures – right down to cryogenic temperatures.
Microtherm® is the best insulation at any temperature. One insulation for all temperatures.
High temperature insulation only performs well when it blocks infra red radiation. Microtherm® contains a mineral oxide opacifier specifically to block IR which results in the lowest thermal conductivity of all high temperature insulations.
Microtherm® is the leading microporous insulation in the world with the widest range of rigid, flexible, and pourable products.
Microtherm® is very light weight and clean and simple to apply and it can be used in virtually any application where the best possible performance is needed for protection, or for energy conservation. Microtherm® is environmentally friendly insulation.
Non-combustible, lightweight, ultra low thermal conductivity Microtherm® is the best choice for all passive fire protection.
Passive Fire Protection (PFP) systems based on Microtherm® flexible insulation panels offer the very best in lightweight passenger fire safety. Microtherm® is also used for the lightweight passive fire protection of critical building steelwork in large office structures.
Microtherm® Slim&Light panels form the thinnest passive fire protection systems for elevator doors. Lift shaft access doors protected with Microtherm® passive fire protection system are the thinnest and lightest on the market.
Insulation for ambient and low temperature applications is another market sector where Microtherm® is the best protection available. All aspects of refrigeration and refrigerated transport are more efficient from the use of vacuum insulation panels (VIPs). Cold chain delivery boxes have a greatly improved operational duration with Microtherm® and also a greatly increased internal capacity..
Transportation insulation is an excellent example of the use of Microtherm® in all forms of transport for passenger safety and fire protection, and also for ensuring the least polluting and most cost effective engines by optimising fuel performance. Insulation for the transport market is one of the ways of helping to minimise the carbon footprint of individuals and of organisations as we strive to save our environment for future generations.
Aerospace insulation, insulation for civil aircraft, marine insulation, rail insulation, and automotive insulation all benefit from the use of Microtherm®.
Insulation for aerospace includes cockpit fire safety and the protection of sensitive instrumentation for aircraft, rockets, and missile guidance. Civil aircraft insulation - insulation for aeroplanes - uses Microtherm® for engines and thrust reversers as well as in a range of internal items from galley ovens to flight data recorders (the black boxes).
Insulation for marine applications is mainly passive fire protection in engine rooms and aircraft hanger doors on aircraft carriers. It also includes voyage data recorders and exhausts to turbines and main engines.
Insulation for railway applications is rather similar with respect to the insulation of exhausts and journey data recorders on modern high speed trains. As more composite materials are used, fire protection becomes increasingly important in railway insulation, particularly to carriage floors. Aluminium carriage floors are protected with a lightweight Microtherm® passive fire protection system in many rail applications.
Railway insulation, as with all other forms of transport, is made safer by the use of Microtherm® as passive fire protection.
Insulation for automotive applications uses Microtherm® mainly on exhaust systems although automotive insulation will also include the insulation of fuel cells in modern hydrogen powered vehicles.
With energy costs rising dramatically worldwide, the search for greater efficiency in energy production offers great potential for Microtherm® energy saving insulation products.
Insulation for offshore oil and gas platforms includes passive fire protection flexible jackets for valves as well as pipeline insulation on the platform, and insulation for hot pipelines under the sea. Offshore insulation is a specialty application in which hydrophobic Microtherm® products offer many advantages.
Onshore, insulation for petrochemical applications represents another key market for Microtherm®. Petrochemical insulation is mainly used for the control of pipeline heat losses and to increase process efficiency. Microtherm® insulation for pipelines is the best for energy saving and space saving.
Applications involving insulation for power generation also involve mainly pipeline insulation, particularly where a lot of pipes are routed very closely together but need to be insulated individually. Insulation for power generation in those areas needs to be highly efficient and consequently as thin and light as possible. Power plant insulation requirements can be very complex and energy saving Microtherm® insulation can usually provide the most cost effective thermal design solution.
Sustainable energy sources are crucial to the safety of our environment. Renewable energy and all forms of clean energy including solar, biomass systems, and fuel cells are all more efficient when using Microtherm® to prevent energy losses. Microtherm® is the preferred insulation for hot fuel cells (SOFCs and MCFCs), and also for reformers and balance of plant systems.
Microtherm® is already used extensively in consolidating solar power (CSP).
In the generation of green energy, fuel cell insulation is now a major application for Microtherm®. Insulation for fuel cells is sold around the world.
Microtherm offer a range of pipe insulation products.
Industrial markets include insulation for steel making, insulation for glassmaking, and insulation for furnaces. Efficient steel production insulation can dramatically increase the capacity of ladles and tundishes and can increase the working life between relining. Glassmaking insulation applications include feeder bowls, forehearths, orifice rings, and recuperators.
Microtherm® will increase the process thermal efficiency when used as furnace insulation and can increase the working capacity. Insulation for furnaces using Microtherm® can reduce running costs by controlling heat losses to reduce energy usage. Energy savings from improved furnaces insulation rapidly recover the cost of using Microtherm®.
Passive fire protection of the structural steel in buildings is an important building insulation application for Microtherm®. Hydrophobic quilted Microtherm® panels are totally water resistant for fast application whatever the weather conditions.
Personal fire safety is also improved by the use of Microtherm Slim&Light® as protective insulation for lifts – specifically in lift shaft access doors. Lift insulation is critically important in preventing the spread of fire in high rise buildings. Elevator insulation is one of the key elements of fire safety.
Insulation for buildings also includes the use of Microtherm SlimVac® for improving the energy rating of the building shell.
Any application requiring insulation for thermal protection is ideal for Microtherm®
Inside a building Microtherm® is the insulation of choice for electric space heating. Microtherm sell storage heater insulation all over the world. Very thin insulation for storage heaters means that they are very slim and unobtrusive. In fact, Microtherm® storage heating insulation has resulted in very elegant and smart heater designs.
Refrigeration insulation and freezer insulation are made more efficient by the use of Microtherm SlimVac®. Using Microtherm® in the systems of insulation for refrigerators and freezers means that the highest energy ratings are easier to achieve. A++ ratings become more common.
The same applies with insulation for ovens. Flexible panels of Microtherm® used in oven insulation systems makes the pyrolitic cleaning cycle much more energy efficient.
Quite simply, Microtherm® is the best high temperature insulation available. The versatility of Microtherm® brings benefits to the widest range of applications including insulation for power plants, offshore oil platform insulation, aeroplane insulation, insulation for rail locomotives and carriages, and insulation for storage heating in the home.
Microtherm®, the market leader for more than a quarter of a century.
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