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Renewable resins for industrial wood based panel production

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ASTON UNIVERSITY
Address
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

CHIMAR HELLAS S.A
Greece
Address
Sofouli, 88
55131 Kalamaria/thessalonki
FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR FORESTRY AND FOREST PRODUCTS
Germany
Address
Leuschnerstrasse 91
21031 Hamburg
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
Steyrergasse 17
8010 Graz
TRESPA INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
Address
Wetering 20
6000AC Weert
VALBOPAN - FIBRAS DE MADEIRA SA
Portugal
Address
78
2301 Tomar