The objective of the project is to develop a "natural' resin to be used in for bonding wood materials in the production of wood panel products. This is to replace all the fossil fuel derived phenol and a major part of the formaldehyde content of synthetic resins with renewable biomass-derived thermolysis liquid or concentrates obtained there- from. The aims are to substantially improve on the 50% phenol substitution already achieved, solve the known odour problem of the liquid by pre- treatment and/or in-situ reaction, enhance the reactivity of the thermolysis liquids by process modification, and demonstrate the process at a commercial scale. The ultimate project target is to develop a closed loop technology for the panel industries by thermolysing their process wastes to obtain an efficient substitute for the resin they apply for panel bonding. The whole production chain will be investigated from biomass supply through thermolysis and resin production using the liquids obtained, to laboratory and large-scale production of a range of wood products. The test programme will comprise liquid production under different conditions, from different feedstocks and from different reactors. Technical, economic, environmental, safety and market feasibility studies will examine the commercial opportunities.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts