Insulation using popcorn
What does sustainability really mean? It means the material should be environmentally friendly and made from renewable raw materials, it must have good thermal insulation and fire protection, and it must be easy to recycle at the end of its useful life.
The market is dominated by conventional insulation materials made of plastics or mineral fiber. In fact, plastics derived from petroleum are used for exterior insulation.
Research group has managed to develop a process by which insulation boards made of "granulated" popcorn can be produced that have excellent thermal insulation properties and good protection against fire. The great advantage of this granular material is that it is a plant-based, environmentally friendly and a sustainable alternative to the products derived from petroleum currently used in the industry.
The new popcorn products have water-repellent properties, which opens up even more opportunities for practical applications and extends their useful life.