Don't insulate, Nansulate, says Florida cleantech company

Don't insulate, Nansulate, says Florida cleantech company

Summary: Thermal testing. Courtesy Industrial Nanotech.Energy costs are now serious business for industries, office managers, and home owners across the world.


insulation_image.jpg Thermal testing. Courtesy Industrial Nanotech.

Energy costs are now serious business for industries, office managers, and home owners across the world. Buildings account for over half of the energy use in the U.S. and a fair portion of that is for heating and cooling. A measure of how serious: many American homes built as recently as the early 1970s originally contained no insulation. Now most local governments require insulation and energy conservation.

Here's a cleantech product that offers a new way to save energy and a bonus: it's way geeky. What could be better than nanotech, energy conservation and a patented formula? We've got all that right here.

The product's called Nansulate and it's made by Naples, Florida-based Industrial Nanotech. It is not a traditional insulation material like foam or fiberglass that comes in sheets, rolls or air-filled layers. This is a thin layer of spray-on material that uses nano-particles.

Here's an explanation published by a publication aimed at home building: ""I spoke with Stuart Burchill, CEO and developer of Nansulate. He explained that the technology works becanse of a material called Hydro-NM-Oxide which he explained is 'the worst conductor of heat and cold of any material.' The paint-like coating is loaded with tiny particles of this substance, and when it cures heat and cool are largely prevented from moving through the coating.There is also something called the Knudsen effect (for you engineers) that further slows the transmission of heat and cold. All of this is the result of a relatively new field of science called nanotechnology or the science of using tiny particles to do big things."

Here's another useful link on how Nansulate works. This site was put together by a retailer selling Nansulate here in the U.S. The manufacturer also recently had a major breakthrough internationally. Compared to the U.S. with its laissez-faire attitude, the European Union is very regulation heavy environmentally. The EU is also energy-concerned as energy prices there are much higher than in the U.S. Energy conservation efforts are more highly evolved. The EU just recently approved Nansulate for use across the builidng industry there.

Nansulate's makers claim it's far more efficient in blocking heat movement than other insulation products. In one example they cited, Nansulate reduced heating bills by over 40% in a traditional home in New England. The application of Nansulate is not complex, it's spray-painted on using standard equipment. It goes onto a variety of surfaces from water heaters to roofing, and in most cases does not need any primer or difficult surface preparation. Nansulate also provides coverage of lead-containing paint, and is mold-resistant.

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  • what about other uses e.g. Space Shuttle, airplanes, etc?

    If this stuff is so good NASA should be buying it by the bucket to insulate their flight vehicles including the Back To The Moon Lander.

    What about Boeing using it for airplanes instead of whatever they currently use?

    Has Grumman or other fighter aircraft manufacturers looked into it?

    Can I buy this at Home Depot? How much does it cost?

    Terry Thomas
    PC Tech
    Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • And where is the...

    R-Value information? How can someone write an article about "insulation" properties and not include the most fundamental aspect of an insulations property?

    The article is fundamentally useless! If your going to write an article about something, anything, at least do some tiny little bit of legwork and inquire about it's most fundamentally basic feature; It's quantitative resistance to heat flow as defined by it's R-Value! "An increase of 40%" means nothing!

    How about an article about a new gasoline engine that gets an increase in mileage of 50%... Don't bother writing about it's "Miles Per Gallon" though, It's just 50% better! Better than 12 gallons per mile maybe?

    Is this what passes for journalism these days?
    • Some Basic Technical Info (Nansulate)

      Please check out this article. It's a good summary of the answers to your question; the Industrial Nanotech website also has good info in it. I see a post by the VP of Ops here on zdnet today, also.

      I've also tested this product myself, as a consumer, and it was impressive. I urge you to try it or test it before you assume it's a bogus claim. I'd almost be willing to bet that if you applied it properly to your home then your energy bills would go DOWN substantially.

      NM Oxide, the key ingredient, has a K value of .017 which is very impressive (per CINT; center for integrated nanotechnologies). With this product, the proof is in the pudding as they say (not in an R value). The lack of R value makes it a more difficult thing to convince old-school, but anyone who tries this product will see its impressive performance.
  • RE: Don't insulate, Nansulate, says Florida cleantech company

    I just wanted to address quickly a couple of the questions (I am the VP of Operations & Marketing for Industrial Nanotech). The Rvalue question is one we get often, I won't go into great detail here, other than to say the Rvalue is based upon an inch of thickness, so it cannot accurately measure insulators that are less than 1 inch (not just ours - the foil type insulation manufacturers have the same issue) We address the question in our FAQ section on our website. - you can also go there to find more information. No, it's not in Home Depot yet, however we are working on 'big box' distribution, and recently supplied a Lowes customer. I appreciate your comments. Thanks.