So where does Panasonic apply all of their newly spun glass wool? Well, one application is for their refrigerators, which need to be heavily insulated in order to keep cold air in and hot air out. For that purpose, the glass wool is vacuum packed and sealed and the resulting material is dubbed Vacua. But Panasonic’s plans for Vacua don’t just end at refrigerators. They also hope to use a super version of the material as insulation for their eco-friendly smart homes.
While the Kusatsu plant is temporarily suspended as it is a test plant, it will resume its recycling activities in early February at which point, according to Panasonic, it will have the capability to process enough glass wool for 300,000 refrigerators per year.