Central Hudson Propane Plant Utilizes New Thermablok Aerogel® Insulation,
Saving Money and Surpassing Government Regulated Fire Codes
Poughkeepsie, NY, January 20, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Faced with a failing fire protection system at eight,
30,000-gallon above-ground propane storage tanks, Central Hudson engineers have designed a new
system using Thermablok aerogel insulating material to restore safety features to the tanks that actually
surpass the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements.
The propane tanks, required to run Central Hudson's two massive propane/air mixing plants, are critical
components to the area's gas distribution system. According to Central Hudson Gas & Electric, both
plants are used to supplement the natural gas system during peak loads by creating a propane-air mixture
with comparable characteristics of natural gas. By using this supplementation system, Central Hudson's
Operation Services can lower the expense of natural gas during the peak winter months and pass the
savings on to customers.
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Assistant Engineer Jeff Doane began to research alternatives for the
system's 15-year-old aluminum-jacketed fiberglass insulation system which had deteriorated to the point
of leakage, permitting water to penetrate and saturate the insulating, fire-retarding aspect of the system.
Doane set out to design a replacement system that would comply with NFPA requirements and solve the
ever present water leakage issue.
In his research, Doane learned about a product called Thermablok, an insulating material that uses the
same recently discovered aerogel technology used by NASA on the space shuttle and Mars missions. In
fact, aerogel is the highest insulating material known to exist, Thermablok was recently named to NASA's
2009 Top 49 Product Spin-off list.
Tampa-based Acoustiblok Inc., Thermablok's parent company, received international attention for
Thermablok's role in the prestigious 2009 Solar Decathlon competition, in which the energy-conserving
house built by arch