Polyurethane is an ally even for beekeeping

When we think about polyurethane, we immediately link it to sandwich panels used in building or refrigeration sector or to polyurethane parts used in automotive or sport industry. However, polyurethane foam insulation equipment has surprisingly many more applications than we think. One of them has to do with the most important insects populating our planet: bees.

Keep reading to find out more about this unexpected connection!

A beekeeper behind our sales office

Marta has been working in Ekosystem for ten years and she is now Sales and Marketing Manager in our company. As such, she is a strategic component of our Team, responsible for sales strategies, negotiations, direct relationship with our customers and much more. Marta is not just Ekosystem Sales Manager, but a proper bee expert!

In her free time, Marta enjoys walking in the countryside and taking pictures at various inhabitants of the insect world. Her passion for photography is connected to her passion for bees: as a matter of fact, bees are her favorite subject for macro photography. She also likes learning everything about the world of bees and telling us interesting stories and facts about bees. Naturally, she is the best person to contact for any Sales enquiry but also for anything bee-related!

But where is the link between polyurethane and bees? Beehives, indeed. As we’re going to explain, beekeeping is increasingly relying on polyurethane foam insulation equipment to enhance performance.

Polyurethane thermal insulation

Did you know that the thermal insulation of polyurethane foam is ten times warmer than wood (1,57 inch PUR = 15,75 inch of wood)? Polyurethane foam is indeed the best and most preferred choice among all thermal insulation materials. As a matter of fact, any polyurethane foam insulation equipment has a very low thermal conductivity which means that it needs minimum thickness to save a high amount of energy. Moreover, polyurethane maintains very good mechanical properties even at low densities and it provides excellent adhesion to other materials.

Polyurethane foam insulation equipment in beehives

More and more experts of the beekeeping industry have started to choose polyurethane foam beehives rather than wooden hives. Research shows that they are more efficient and profitable in comparison because they can maintain a significant higher temperature and keep it constant, help provide better stability in humidity and contribute to thermoregulation of hive. These great benefits given by polyurethane foam insulation equipment become especially relevant in winter for bees. In fact, bees are extremely industrious insects, but during the cold season they spend most time inside their hives preparing for the warmer seasons.

But this is not all: polyurethane foam insulation equipment is equally efficient in summer! In particular, bees suffer high temperatures during summer period, especially inside their hive which is very narrow and closed. Thanks to their high ability to cooperate, bees have developed a proper “ventilation system”, that is a strategy to fight hot temperature inside their hive. However, that might not be sufficient and this is why efficient insulation becomes fundamental for their survival.

Surprisingly, the use of rigid polyurethane in beehives can ultimately lead to increase in honey productivity. In short, the bee colony can manage the internal hive temperature with minimal effort thanks to the insulating properties of polyurethane, both in winter and in summer. Since they do not waste so much energy in keeping the temperature constant, bees can spend the same amount of energy on their main work which is nectar processing and brood rearing.

 

Choose Ekosystem PU foaming machinery

Lightweight, warm, durable, consistent, easy to assemble, robust: these are only some of the advantages provided by polyurethane beehives. It is not a coincidence that polyurethane is the material of choice for most insulation applications, even when it comes to specific and particular applications like this one.

Any needy industry of machinery to produce polyurethane foam insulation equipment can rely on Ekosystem. Our company is able to engineer and customize PU foaming machines and plants according to application, productions needs and desired end product.

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