NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspen Aerogels, Inc. announced today that it has opened its new research and development lab at its headquarters in Northborough, MA. The 10,000 square foot lab facility is focused on delivering more of the world's best insulation performance in a ready-to-use blanket format, a patented nanotechnology developed by Aspen. The company reports a marked increase in the demand for its nanoporous insulation because it insulates 2 to 8 times better than existing materials. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050922/NYTH035 ) "Our aerogel blankets are already widely used in subsea tie-back pipelines due to the ability of our product to deliver outstanding thermal management within very limited space. This has resulted in millions of dollars of savings in steel costs for our customers," said Marc Lebel, Aspen's vice president of sales and marketing. "These new labs will greatly accelerate the speed at which we will be able to deliver application solutions for a wide range of markets, including, the building and construction, automotive and fuel cell industries." Aspen is also focused on the fast growing Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) markets. "We will save hundreds of millions for LNG ships, storage and production facilities over the next five years. LNG is stored at -165 Celsius. Keeping the product at this temperature is a major thermal management challenge which requires a product with outstanding insulating properties. This is where we come in. By using our products, our customers have reported a 38% reduction in LNG boil off rate versus competitive products. This reduction translates directly into a bottom line savings of millions of dollars." The labs feature state of the art chemistry wet labs, as well as labs focused on analysis, supercritical fluids processing, process development, prototyping and testing. "A great deal of what we will do is measure the performance of current and new insulation products for a range of thermal and acoustic applications for many industries -- that includes automotive and fuel cells as well as building and construction, military and aerospace," said George Gould, R&D director for Aspen. About Aspen Aerogels Aspen Aerogels, Inc. supplies nanotechnology-enabled Aerogels with insulating properties that outperform traditional materials by 2 to 8 times. Unlike other aerogel material providers, Aspen provides the thermal and acoustic performance of aerogels in a ready-to-use blanket impregnated with the silica nanostructures. This blanket format makes it easy for Aspen customers to conserve energy and save money in oil and gas recovery, LNG shipping and storage, apparel, military, aerospace and energy industries is actively developing applications in the building/construction, automotive and fuel cell markets. Please Note: Additional photography and b-roll footage is available through the press contacts listed below. Press Contacts North & South America John Miller firstname.lastname@example.org +1 609 989 9600 Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Martha de Monclin email@example.com +33 1 34 74 54 62 Aspen Aerogels http://www.aerogel.com 508-691-1111 firstname.lastname@example.org
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