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Green Earth Aerogel Technologies
Location: Calle La Palma 1 1o4a, Barcelona, Spain Spain
Founded in: 2009
Stage: Revenue generating
Number of employees: 1-5
Short URL: vator.co/green-earth-aerogel-technologies
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Green Earth Aerogel Technologies

Growing green investments through energy efficiency
Startup/business
Barcelona, Spain Spain
http://www.green-earth-aerogel.com
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Company description

Green Earth Aerogel Technologies (GEAT) mission is to develop products and services to fight climate change. GEAT makes aerogel from rice and rice husk. Carbon aerogels from rice and silicon aerogel from rice husk. The translucent silicon aerogel can insulate extreme temperatures from -130 to 1500 degrees Celsius. Likewise, carbon aerogels by GEAT are extremely dark and blocks infrared radiation.  Aerogels are advanced materials in use by NASA as insulation for space exploration activities. Aerogels are the best insulation known to man. It lets light pass through yet blocks heat to dissipate.

 

GEAT also developed a technology to make silicon metal from rice husk via the silicon aerogel.  Silicon metal indirectly made from rice husk is cheaper, ecological and uses less energy at near zero CO2 emission to synthesize. Silicon metal is a vital raw material for the production of solar panels and microchips.

 

GEAT’s aerogels are cryogenic insulators for superconductors. GEAT designed a magnetron that uses aerogel insulators for cryogenic magnets. The GEAT magnetron was designed to generate superheated steam at a very low voltage. This magnetron could help green car manufacturers to replace internal combustion engines with steam engines with zero CO2 emission. There are many more applications of the aerogel in the electronics industry, this include super capacitors and silicon diodes.


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Business model

Revenue sources come from aerogel sales and carbon credits. Other sources of revenues will come from the sale of rice based products and patent royalties. The advantages of GEAT over its’ competitors is that its’ technologies are greener, cleaner, and cheaper. Because rice and rice husk are abundant this makes aerogels 80 % cheaper than aerogels in the market. Purchase orders of our aerogel product are accumulating. The UK government is currently testing our aerogel products for accreditation so it can be sold to the public. The National Physical Laboratory in London has been commissioned by GEAT’s British partners to do the accreditation test. Potential customers from Romania, Ukraine, Estonia, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Sweden have expressed serious interest in purchasing our products. Spanish rice producers as well are very eager to manufacture the aerogel but due to patent issues the product can only be initially produced in the UK.

Competitive advantage

Homes and buildings account for 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emission. Carbon
emissions from the transport industry are also a major global problem. Energy efficiency is key in future
cleantech solutions. Using aerogel insulation we could reach higher efficiency in several areas of
application. However, existing technologies in the production of aerogel are expensive and complex. It
involves the use of toxic chemicals and requires huge amounts of energy. Due to these challenges,
aerogel is expensive and not easily available for common daily applications. GEAT’s aerogel production
technology from rice and rice husk presents a solution to both the economic and environmental
problems of the world. Aerogel is the material of the future, in a few years aerogel will be common like
plastic is today.
Aerogel insulation for homes and other buildings is an emerging market. The financial crisis of 2008 has
slowed down the construction industry; nevertheless, aerogel insulation can be applied to existing
homes and buildings because only a thin layer of insulation is used to insulate the structure. As the
demand for energy efficient homes increases, demand for insulation also rises. The advantage of
aerogel insulation over other types of insulation material is that it is a super thin insulation that does not
interfere with existing structures on the walls. Based on data from 2009, world insulation industry is
$29.2 billion market and is projected to grow 3.8 percent annually through 2012. We expect to capture
1% of that market as major sustainable aerogel producers.
The solar panel manufacturers need a good source of cheap, clean and green silicon metal to make
solar panels. The production of silicon metal through aerogels from rice husk will make solar energy
much cheaper, greener and more competitive than other conventional sources of renewable energy.
Major producers of aerogels are Aspen Aerogel and Cabot Nanogel. They make aerogels from toxic
chemicals using complex processes. They use energy intensive technologies that make aerogel
production an ecological problem rather than a solution. These companies are U.S. based holding
almost a monopoly of the aerogel production industry. The market for aerogel is relatively new with very
little competition.
Governments support clean and green technologies. Spain