With the aim of taking the worldwide first lignin-based bioaerogels developed by aerogel-it to the next level, aerogel-it and Fibenol have collaborated to use the Fibenol biomaterial LIGNOVA as a highly sustainable raw material.
Aerogel-it is a German company that specializes in the development, manufacturing and scaling of aerogel materials. They focus mainly on bio-based product lines for thermal insulation but also other applications in the pharma, medical care and cosmetics sectors.
Joining forces with Fibenol has enabled aerogel-it to design a bioaerogel based on a new generation of lignin now produced by Fibenol directly from biomass. Like established silica aerogel products, lignin bioaerogel provides superinsulation properties and reduces the heat transfer within the tiny nanometer-sized pores compared to conventional insulation materials.
Lignin bioaerogel has a significantly reduced CO2 impact of up to 95% while being 100% bio-based. aerogel-it has undertaken research and development efforts to ensure the sustainability of their products by utilizing raw materials from local natural and non-food sources.
The collaboration of aerogel-it and Fibenol is setting a great example for other companies to use biomaterials in their value chain. Though the collaboration is still in its early stages and further research and development is needed, this is a major stride forward for the industry. The use of these biomaterials can result in more sustainable products with improved thermal insulation properties and reduced CO2 impact. Companies should strive to utilize as much biomaterial as possible without compromising on product quality and sustainability. By using these biomaterials in their value chain, companies can reduce their environmental footprint and positively contribute to the green revolution.