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Project: Utilisation of renewable biomass and waste materials for production of environmental-friendly, bio-based composites

The aim of this project is the development and testing of environmental-friendly composites made from renewable biomass, bio-based raw materials and waste. These composites could be alternatives over existing products used in furniture and building.

This project was concluded in 2021.

Project information

Project manager
Stergios Adamopoulos
Other project members
Anders Olsson, Stephen Osakue Amiandamhen and Wen Jiang, Linnaeus University
Kristoffer Segerholm, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Geoffrey Daniel, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Carl-Eric Hagentoft, Chalmers University of Technology
Elias Voulgaridis, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Carsten Mai, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Chalmers University of Technology;
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
and a group of eleven stakeholders representing the biomass, bio-energy, recycling management, wood- and agricultural-based industry, furniture and building sectors
The Swedish Research Council Formas (Formas call 2016, Forest raw material and biomass – research and development projects), SEK 10 001 000
1 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2021
Forestry and Wood Technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

Switching to raw materials derived from renewable origins is a necessity to address the global challenges of climate change and population growth. Aim of the project is the development of environmental-friendly composites made from renewable biomass and waste. A product design associated with a recycling concept using renewable, bio-degradable and formaldehyde-free adhesives and hydrophobic additives could strongly increase the amount of secondary raw material, and improve the performance and environmental profile of wood composites for furniture. Recent initiatives to increase resource use efficiency for the building sector involve the utilisation of different waste materials in combination with different inexpensive inorganic binders for the manufacture of new structural blocks. Such possibilities will be further explored in the project by an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral consortium of academic and industrial partners from Sweden and abroad.

The specific objectives are to: (a) provide information on qualities and quantities of potential bio-based raw materials and waste (b) reveal optimum processing of the materials for sustainable added-value products (c) present examples of lab and industrially produced bio-composites for furniture and construction (d) explore novel routes of bio-based raw materials and waste (e) demonstrate opportunities in manufacturing innovative eco-efficient products and disseminate the results to the scientific and industrial community.

The project is part of the research in the Forestry and Wood research group.