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Project: Agro-industry feedstocks and side streams for increasing the sustainability of wood panel production

The project aims at exploring the possibilities offered by the various agroindustrial feedstocks, residues and side streams for turning them into valuable raw materials, fillers and bio-based adhesive systems for the wood panel industry.

This project was concluded in 2022.

Project information

Project manager
Stergios Adamopoulos
Other project members
Reza Hosseinpourpia, Nicolas Neitzel
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University
The Swedish Research Council Formas (Formas annual open call 2018)
1 Jan 2019–31 Dec 2022
Forestry and Wood Technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

Although there exist a lot of examples on the use of different agro-fibres and residues as raw materials for wood-based panels, so far these materials have been applied very little in the industry. This project will provide an integral and interactive global database on agro-industrial materials and viable technologies for their transformation into valuable materials for the wood panel industry. It will serve as a valuable decision making tool for revealing unexplored opportunities, challenges to overcome and successful paths in light-weight panel manufacturing. Also, a sustainable production line of panels with a fully bio-based composition will be presented using selected local agro-industrial feedstocks and side streams and including details on raw material handling, cost analysis and energy consumption.

The project results will help the wood panel industry to meet their raw material needs by exploring a huge sustainable material base of agricultural origin for new fibres and bio-based adhesives. At the same time, the agro-industries will also benefit by finding new utilisation solutions and markets for their continuously increasing residues and byproducts with low value, which in many cases consist a pollutant source.