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Partnership Produces 3D (3-Dimensional) Engineered Fiberboard Panels

Bio-based boards have many applications and are produced from renewable sources including forest thinnings and recycled paper fibers. Steve Schmieding, Forest ServiceSnapshot : Naturally bonded boards can use fibers produced from a variety of renewable sources including wood from forest thinnings and recycled paper fibers

Principal Investigators(s) :
John Hunt 
Research Location : San Diego, Califnornia, FPL
Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 28

Summary

Biobased structural fiberboard technology has a wide number of design applications and comes from 100 percent renewable and recycled content. Researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory have developed technology whereby cellulose fibers can be formed into structural and 3D engineered fiberboard panels.

Noble Environmental Technologies, Inc., of San Diego, CA, a leading sustainable materials manufacturer, has signed an exclusive license agreement with the Forest Service to use jointly developed patent-pending technology and structures for office furniture and packaging applications. These naturally bonded boards can use fibers produced from a variety of renewable sources including wood from forest thinnings and recycled paper fibers.

Noble Environmental Technologies, Inc., announced its exclusive license to commercialize technology based on two patents filed jointly with the Forest Products Laboratory. Such license agreements exemplify the value of public-private partnerships in moving basic research to valuable market-driven applications. A number of global industries and markets will have access to products and processes that are design-versatile, nontoxic, have 100-percent recycled content, and are 100-percent biobased. The collaboration between the Forest Products Laboratory and Noble Environmental Technologies, Inc., is an excellent example of a government and industry collaboration that works to meet market demands.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Jim Torti, ECOR Global International, California

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Resource Management and Use
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