In Moscow, Rice husk started making silicon dioxide

"Risilika" — a portfolio company "RVC Seed Fund" — launched on July 18 in the capital of Technopolis "Moskvich" enlarged experimental laboratory production line for the development of the technology of production of amorphous silica from rice husk.

The resulting product, amorphous silicon dioxide (Aerosil or ADC), is widely used in the chemistry of thin technologies for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, paint industry, the production of silicone rubber, sealants, lubricants and composite materials, according to a press release RVC.

Technology "Risiliki" refer to the direction of "green chemistry" and allow to produce environmentally friendly products of the now unused agricultural waste — rice husk and rice straw. In developed and patented "Risilikoy" technology uses a unique design for equipment that enables to produce a compound of silicon, making full use of not only raw materials, but also the thermal potential of rice husk.

According to research conducted by Milestone, ADC market is growing at about 5% per year. In 2011, the market volume of amorphous silica was more than $ 900 million, and by 2020 it is projected to increase to $ 1.5 billion

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