Forest Products Lab To Open First-Of-Its-Kind Pilot Plant

The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. this week opened a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant that will help support the emerging market for wood-derived renewable materials. A grand-opening ceremony was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the laboratory at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, with presentations by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and […]

The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. this week opened a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant that will help support the emerging market for wood-derived renewable materials.

A grand-opening ceremony was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the laboratory at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, with presentations by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service, as well as industry representatives from IBM and Lockheed Martin.

The first-of-its-kind pilot plant will give researchers and early adopters of the technology working quantities of forest-based nanomaterials.

The material could be used commercially to make lightweight, high-performance products such as armor and bullet-resistant glass for the military and other products for the automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer products and medical device industries, while reducing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

From The Wisconsin State Journal: http://host.madison.com/business/forest-products-lab-to-open-first-of-its-kind-pilot/article_971cb2aa-d2b6-11e1-bf46-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

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