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Development of an affordable heat treatment process for wood

Objective

Recent developments of large scale heat treatment processes that use a variety of indirect heat sources are now available, as are traditional preservation treatments which involve certain hazardous chemicals. While these technologies offer some attraction to large scale enterprises, the ability of SMEs to afford this technology makes them an impractical solution. Furthermore these new heat treatment methods affect the chemical and physical structure of the timber, making it more brittle and reducing its physical strength while chemical preservation means that timber can only be used in external applications. We propose the development of a cost effective 2 stage system, firstly, the heat treatment process which will preserve the timber will use a novel microwave based technology to directly heat the timber. Secondly the development of a natural oil formulation to be applied directly to the hot timber within the heating chamber which will restore the natural mechanical and physical properties and maximise the opportunities. The primary target market for the developed technology is the wood and timber market. We currently estimate the market size for our product in Europe to be in excess of €100m.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TECSABOIS
Address
Route De Saint Florent Bp1
45720 Coullons
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 203 421,75
Administrative Contact
Jean Bapiste Saget (Mr.)

Participants (10)

ROMILL SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 125 654,45
Address
Tkalcovska 799/14
602 00 Brno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Caha (Mr.)
Surfachem Ltd

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Wellington St 100
LS1 4LT Leeds
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Fakhara Jones (Ms.)
J S COCK AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 129 847,55
Address
Nedre Rommen 3
0988 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivar S. Cock (Mr.)
AS Paide Masinatehas
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 94 053,25
Address
Toostuse 7
72720 Paide
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juri Poldma (Mr.)
INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 132 693,50
Address
Carlton Road Enterprise House
S81 7QF Worksop
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Mcdermott (Mr.)
JS TRADING APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 157 568,25
Address
Kelstrupvej 31
6100 Haderslev
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geert Olesen (Mr.)
GRUPO GARNICA PLYWOOD SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 50 519
Address
Parque De San Miguel 10 Bajos
26007 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Garcia Arregui (Mr.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 229
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Tranter (Mr.)
ELKEDE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN CENTRE SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 5 920
Address
12Km Athens - Lamia National Road (12 Chlm Ethnikis Odou Athinon)
14452 Metamorphosi, Athens
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Takis Bouras (Mr.)
CRITICAL PROCESSES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 128 865,25
Address
Brickyard Road, Roecliffe 2A
YO51 9NS York
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harold Vandenburg (Dr.)