There is more energy stored in waves than was generated worldwide in all of 2010. Innovative precision silicone films made from ELASTOSIL® Film are helping this energy to be harvested Produced from addition-curing silicone rubber grades in a patent-pending process, ELASTOSIL® Film is available in thicknesses as low as 20 micrometers. Production takes place under clean room conditions and yields flawless, homogeneous films of extremely consistent thickness, and all contributing the positive properties of silicones.
In wave-power generators, ELASTOSIL® Film serves as dielectric medium, return spring and carrier for electrodes, ensuring durability over millions of cycles.
Wave-power generators of this kind are much more cost-efficient than conventional wave power stations as they do not require any hydraulic components or turbines. Added to which, they offer years of maintenance-free service. The technology is currently being developed as part of a joint research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research ("Elastic Polymers based on Silicones for Energy Recovery" or EPoSil). WACKER's role is to develop the silicone material for the project.