Europe's largest economy, Germany, recently activated an emergency plan to manage gas supplies that the natural gas could be rationed if supplies are disrupted or disrupted by a stand-off over Russian demands to pay for fuel in rubles.
German Vice-Chancellor, minister of economy and climate protection, said Germany's gas supplies were secure for now, but he urged consumers and businesses to reduce consumption, saying "every kilowatt of electricity counts."
Germany's gas network regulator can ration gas if supplies run short. Plants would be the first to be affected. Special treatment will be provided to private families, hospitals, and other important institutions.
Half of Germany's 41.5 million households use natural gas for heating, and industry consumption accounts for a third of the country's 100 billion cubic meters of gas demand in 2021.
The price of many energy and commodities like the Fumed Silica could be affected.
Overview of Fumed Silica
Fumed silica (CAS: 112945-52-5), also known as fumed silica because it is produced by fusing tiny droplets of amorphous silica into branched, chained, Three-dimensional secondary particles and then condensed into tertiary particles. The resulting powder has very low bulk density and high surface area. When used as a thickener or reinforcing filler, its three-dimensional structure leads to increased viscosity, thixotropic behavior. It is an amorphous silica product, the primary particle size is between 7~40nm, the aggregate particle size is about 200~500nm, the specific surface area is 100~400m2/g, the purity is high, and the SiO2 content is not less than 99.8%. Untreated fumed silica aggregates contain a variety of silanol groups.
Application of Fumed Silica
Fumed silica is used in powders as a general purpose thickener and anti-caking agent (free-flowing agent). Like silica gel, it can be used as a desiccant. It is used in cosmetics due to its light diffusing properties. Fumed silica is used as a lightweight abrasive in products such as toothpaste. Other uses include fillers in silicone elastomers and viscosity modifiers in paints, coatings, printing inks, adhesives and unsaturated polyester resins.
Applications in Paints and Coatings
Fumed silica is widely used in paints and coatings as a rheological additive, which can effectively prevent the sedimentation and delamination of pigments and fillers, improve the weather resistance and scratch resistance of coatings, and improve the bonding strength of coatings and substrates. .
Applications in Fertilizers and Feeds
Fumed silica has strong adsorption and hygroscopicity, which can promote the free flow of powders such as fertilizers and feeds, facilitate the transportation and storage of powders, and prevent them from getting wet.
Application in pesticides and medicine
Fumed silica has the characteristics of small particle size, large specific surface area, strong adsorption performance and easy suspension. It can absorb a large number of water molecules in the water, expand into extremely fine particles, and form a stable suspension. Taking advantage of these properties, it can be used as a carrier for pesticide wettable powder, granules, and water-dispersible granules, as a dispersant and thickener for suspending agents; Carriers and excipients to achieve the purpose of prolonging drug efficacy.
Applications in Adhesives and Sealants
The excellent reinforcing, thickening and thixotropic properties of fumed silica can prevent the precipitation of adhesives and sealants during storage and sag during curing, improving their tear strength and bond strength.
Fumed silica price
The price of fumed silica will vary due to factors such as fumed silica production cost, transportation cost, international situation, exchange rate, market supply and demand, etc. Tanki New Materials Co., Ltd. aims to help industries and chemical wholesalers find high-quality, low-cost nanomaterials and chemicals by providing a full range of customized services. If you are looking for fumed silica powder, please feel free to send an inquiry for the latest price of fumed silica.
Fumed silica supplier
As a global supplier of fumed silica micropowders, Tanki New Materials Ltd. has extensive experience in the performance, application and cost-effective manufacturing of advanced engineered materials. The company has successfully developed a series of powder materials (including boron carbide, aluminum carbide, titanium carbide, etc.), high-purity targets, functional ceramics and structural devices, and provides OEM services.
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As the duration of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine grows, its impact on commodities is widening amid the tug-of-war. Recently, European and American sanctions against Russia have been issued one after another. In response, Russia has taken advantage of its role as an important supplier of many energy and commodities, requiring exports of commodities, including energy, grain, metal, and wood, to "unfriendly" countries to be settled in robles. Therefore, it is expected that the price of the Fumed Silica will continue to increase.
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