Silicones have many uses in our lives and can be found at work, at home and at play. In one way or another, the performance and reliability of millions of modern products from electronics to medical applications can depend on silicones. And yet, there are still many more interesting silicone uses to explore.
Silicones are crucial for medium- and high-voltage renewable energy applications, such as insulators in solar and wind energy solutions.
Silicones are also important to assist lubrication in windmill gears and electrical resistance at high temperatures in wind turbines.
Silicones are added to wastewater to regulate or prevent the formation of foam in the various clarification stages of sewage treatment plants. Foam control is important to support clean water and the efficiency of the wastewater treatment process.
Silicones play a useful role as foam-control agents in agricultural production (fertilizers and crop protection), fermentation (brewing), and food processing. Uncontrolled foaming can cause loss of production capacity, including from inefficient mixing or pumping, downtime from clogged lines, overflows, spillage hazards and product waste. Foam control agents overcome these problems and reduce costs.
Colors are brighter and fabrics are softer when silicones are used in dry cleaning. Silicones carry detergent to the fabrics rinsing away trapped dirt and oils. They are good alternatives to the organic-based solvents used in traditional dry cleaning, which is being phased out in many parts of the world.
Silicone resin emulsion paint resists peeling and chipping, which means exterior coatings have become even longer lasting. Now, homeowners do not need to repaint as often, thereby reducing maintenance costs. These paints also boast high-tech properties because they keep water out and also let water vapor escape.