The risk of toxic and strongly debated wood preservation materials and specific binders starts only now to be taken very seriously by politics and by the public. Currently, about 6.5 million m3 preserved wood is annually produced in Europe and finds its way to the consumer in several commonly used end products. The European consumption of resins, produced from non-eco friendly starting materials, for wood based panel production in 2003 was close to 4 million tons. Through the expected new products that will emerge from this ECOBINDERS project into society, the amount of toxic materials found in every household in Europe today, will be diminished significantly. The main objectives of this project therefore are: * To develop a new class of biomass based binders (furfuryl alcohol/sulphur-free lignin) * To develop innovative and sustainable processes for these multifunctional binders by using an integrated chain approach combining multi-sectorial interests * To develop durable wood : a sustainable alternative for currently used, but strongly debated toxic wood protection agents (a.o. chromated copper arsenic salts) * To develop emission-free panel & boards for indoor use to replace the traditionally used, formaldeh yde releasing, products * To develop water and organic solvent resistant 3D design products for in- and outdoor use In order to achieve these ambitious project goals, a consortium of 15 SMEs, representing the whole chain of raw material s uppliers to the final end producers, have joined their efforts. Due to the multi-disciplinary character of the research, a selected group of outstanding universities and RTD performers will participate in this project, that will involve an estimated tota l budget of about 10.8 million EUROS.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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