New SiC Material Could Change the Face of Renewable Energy

Silicon carbide, also known as SiC, has become increasingly popular in technology as of late. For the uninitiated, it can be extremely difficult to understand why this relatively new material has become such a hit in many industries, but when you look at its impressive properties and consider how important it will be in the future of technology, it quickly becomes clear that SiC’s place among today’s most-desired technologies is well-deserved.

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1. Silicon carbide is a semiconductor material, meaning it can conduct electricity.

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2. Silicon carbide has a higher melting point than silicon and can be used to make heat-resistant components for use in high-temperature environments such as furnaces, kilns, and foundries.

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3. Silicon carbide has a greater strength than silicon and can be used to make cutting tools for machining metals and other hard materials that would cause more wear on a typical tool made from silicon.

4. A ceramic composite with silicon carbide particles mixed into its material is called SiC. 5. The first commercial application of SiC was in light bulbs, where it allowed lamps to operate at a lower temperature and emit less infrared radiation (which causes air pollution). 6. For this reason, lighting manufacturers now incorporate SiC technology in their designs. 7. Today there are many applications for SiC including power plants (including nuclear reactors), automotive exhaust systems (to reduce emissions), ceramics manufacturing equipment, vacuum insulation panels (for space vehicles), aluminum production facilities, steel production facilities and coal mining equipment – just to name a few!