TechConnect Innovation Program

New natural insulating material

King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

New natural organic insulating material extracted from fibers of a plant (Calotropis procera). Cornstarch is used as a resin to bind the fibers. Thermal conductivity measurement is obtained at different temperatures and compared to that of Rockwool material. The new material has an average of 0.035 W/mK thermal conductivity.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: -Eco-friendly insulating material (natural and safe). Cheap to be produced compared to using Phenol Formaldehyde resin which is expensive chemical known as hazardous to human beings. Have high melting point, does not absorb water, damping sound. The source of fibers (plant) is available in nature in a forest form.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Global Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 741

Website: ksu.edu.sa

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Funded by King Saud University, National Plan for Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia under a project # ENE 335. The project is over and the final report has already submitted and approved.

Primary Sources of Funding: Personal Savings, University

Looking for: Funding