SILICON ENERGY FIBER
SILICON ENERGY FIBER
What Is Silicon Energy Fiber？
Silicon is found in many dioxide forms and uncountable variations from the natural silicates.
The silicon is much more abundant than any other element, apart from the oxygen. It constitutes 27.72% of the solid Earth’s crust, while the oxygen constitutes 46.6%, and the next element after silicon, aluminum is 8.13%. Controversy about silicon’s character dates to its discovery. It was first prepared and characterized in pure form in 1823. In 1808, it was given the name silicium (from Latin: silex, hard stone or flint), with an -ium word-ending to suggest a metal, a name which the element retains in several languages. The present English name was first suggested in 1817 to conform to the physically similar elements, carbon and boron.
Sri-Lanka has abundant mineral ore on the whole island and the crystal produced is the most pure with silicon content up to 99.5% ~ 99.7%. Silicon is the basic raw materials of Hi-Tech and semi-conductive industry.
The earthquake and tsunami which occurred on Dec. 26, 2004 devastated wide areas of South Asia. It affected 11 countries and killed more than 225,000 and displaced 1.2 million people. Ski Lanka was one of the affected country and many people became homeless.
Tzu Chi volunteers from Taiwan rushed to the affected area and offered free clinics, distributed essential supplies, and helped the nation to rebuild. Mr. Ko the chairman of Ecomax Textile Co., Ltd & Tzu Chi volunteer recalled as if seeing the whole city was bombed and destroyed and looked like a war zone. Mr. Ko picked a silicon stone from the disaster area and thought how he could take advantage of this stone and thereby help to rebuild Sri Lanka.
Based on this idea, Ecomax imported silicon from Sri Lanka and developed to utilize this silicon material. The silicon was grinded and filtered into nano-sized particles, and then added into recycled PET fiber.
For recycled polyester, the nano particles were doped evenly when the yarn was extruded. The fibers are then spun into yarn. As the silicon powder is equally diffused into the yarn structure and are not coating on the surface, therefore any method of washing will not influence its function. It has excellent water-resistance and the best choice for warm textiles.