Project: TallBoard: Tall oil application in industrial fiberboards
The aim of this project is to replace the fossil-based paraffin wax with a hydrophobic agent made from tall oil for manufacturing industrial-scale fiberboards.
Project manager Reza Hosseinpourpia Other project members Marta Kaliszewicz, Andreas Stephan, Sheikh Ali Ahmed Participating organizations Linnaeus University, SLU, IKEA Industry AB and SunPine AB, Sweden; Lawter Maastricht BV, the Netherlands Financier Vinnova, the strategic innovation program BioInnovation's call "Möjliggörande teknologier och processer för biobaserade produkter", spring 2023 Timetable 1 June 2023–30 Nov 2025 Subject Forestry and Wood Technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)
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Tall oil is a by-product of Kraft pulping, mainly used to produce bio-diesel, drying oils, soaps, lubricants, linoleum, paints, and varnishes. Tall oil pitch is the side stream of the refining process with the application as a binder in cement and as an emulsifier for asphalt.
The TallBoard project aims to establish a new value chain for forest biorefinery by replacing the fossil-based synthetic paraffin wax with tall oil pitch-derived hydrophobic formula at the industrial scale fiberboards. The project envisages the upscaling potential of the formulas for manufacturing fiberboard panels in full-scale industrial environments by addressing the relevant technological, market and sustainability aspects, thus targeting to reach TRL7, MRL5 and SRL5.