It’s no coincidence that glass fiber has earned a reputation for energy efficiency. From fiberglass windows to reinforced glass fiber vehicles, these materials and their composites possesses some important energy-saving characteristics.
Why is Glass Fiber So Energy Efficient?
Glass fiber is energy efficient because it has very low thermal conductivity. By disallowing hot or cold temperatures to pass through it, fiberglass and other glass fiber composites effectively create a thermal seal against the elements. With basically no thermal expansion, glass fiber products won’t shrink or grow depending on the temperature or humidity levels in the atmosphere. The nature of glass fiber composites – braided glass fibers reinforced with a composite material – creates multiple layers of insulative material.
Tangential Energy Benefits of Glass Fiber
Glass fiber’s inherent energy efficiency isn’t its only contribution to sustainability. Because glass fiber products are so lightweight compared to other similar-strength materials, they save kinetic and propulsion energy, too. The properties of glass fiber make it an ideal fit for car bodies, boats, and even airplanes; with less weight to propel, fiberglass vehicular components necessitate the use of fewer fossil fuels. Additionally, because fiberglass can easily be molded into highly-specific shapes, it requires less energy to manufacture on the backend. This customizability is a major reason why glass fiber is so frequently used in sustainable energy projects like wind turbines and hydroelectric dams.
Energy-Efficient Production Processes
As with any manufactured material, the production process behind glass fiber textiles greatly impacts their overall energy footprint. Glass fiber producers can offset their energy usage by streamlining their manufacturing process to serve the specific needs of each customer, creating less waste. Optimized supply chains and efficient logistical processes also decrease the energy load required to move glass fiber components from the manufacturer to the end-user.
B&W Fiberglass is a producer of energy-saving glass fiber technologies. Together with our partners, we produce a wide array of fiber glass textiles used in everything from automobiles to alternative energy.
For more information on how our energy-efficient fiberglass materials can benefit your business, contact our team of experienced professionals today.