Periodic Reporting for period 1 - WOODRY (Wood composite set to eliminate CO2 emissions of the ceramics industry)
Reporting period: 2021-03-01 to 2022-02-28
Woodio Oy has developed the Worlds first wood based composite that can replace ceramics and stone materials in building industry. The newly developed material is superioir in terms of mechanical properties, and it´s manufacturing process does not use fossil fuel like natural gas. The overall carbon footprint of Woodio products is over 80 % smaller compared to it´s ceramic and stone counterparts.
From society point of view it is important to widen the range of available biobased materials. This will pave the way to completely biobased and circular economy, and help detachment from fossil fuels also in manufacturing.
The overall objective of WOODRY project and Woodio as a company, is to take our wood compostie technology to mass markets. In particular, the aim of WOODRY project is to design and sep-up commercial production for Woodio material and products.
Additionally, Wooodio has been developing and testing raw materials to be used in the next generation manufacturing. Resin and wood are the primary raw material so initially the focus has been on these, with the intention to widen the range of raw material sources. While testing new resins and various wood grades in our production, we have made a discovery that by using biobased filler e.g. starch in our process, we can significantly lower the consumption of resin. And at the same time starch additives seems to improve mechanical properties of the Woodio composite. Since resin is the most expensive raw material in our production, replacing it with cheaper fillers is very beneficial for the COGS of the material.
In overall the project has progressed as planned and within budget, and all the deliverables set int the project plan will be met.