Plant-based chipboards – step 1

Chipboard is manufactured by pressing wood chips with an adhesive to make materials that are used for production of, for example, furniture, interior design and in the construction industry. A challenge with chipboard today is that the adhesive used in the manufacturing process is often based on formaldehyde, a carcinogen and allergen.

The project intends to use plant fibers to replace the formaldehyde in chipboard in the shape of a completely bio-based product. Through the hypothesis testing, the project’s actors intend to produce and evaluate test series of plant fiber-based chipboards that are evaluated with regards to mechanical performance, resistance to moisture and fire and an ongoing study of its resistance to microbial attack. A successful project will result in the production of demo samples of plant fiber-based chipboards that exhibit properties such as hydrophobicity (water-repellent properties), low weight, comparable strength and better flame safety compared to commercially available chipboards. The project would add value to existing and new forest products while contributing to UN Sustainability Goals 3, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13.

Participants

Biosorbe, RenFuel, Fridh och Hell’s bygg and Villalid

Budget & time plan

The project’s total budget is 1 212 600 SEK and the project runs during six months – between May and November 2021.