Through the proposed Research and technological development and Demonstration project the NANOFOAM project consortium will:
- Develop an innovative high-performing nanostructured polymeric foam, employing a low
GWP blowing agent such as CO2 and having a lower thermal conductivity and
superior properties (mechanical, fire resistance, moisture/fungi resistance)
than commercial insulation products at a competitive price.
- Evaluate and test the compliance of this technology
with respect to current standards and environmental,
health and safety regulations in real scale settings
(laboratory rooms or real dwellings).
- Assess the full technical, economic and environmental
performance of the novel engineered insulation nanofoam for
its commercial implementation on the market in new buildings and for retrofitting of old ones.
The expected results of the NANOFOAM project have the potential to drastically reduce energy consumption
and to decrease CO2 emissions for both new buildings and the renovation of existing assets.
The final outcome of the proof-of-concept phase will be the demonstration of a chemistry and
laboratory process for producing an innovative nanofoam with pore size around 100nm and uniformly
distributed porosity greater than 80%. The target will be using primarily a low GWP blowing agent,
such as CO2, and to achieve a λ-value which is significantly lower than in average insulation.
The nanofoam will also be fully characterised and endowed with additional desired functionalities
such as excellent mechanical, fire and moisture/fungi resistance properties.