Full Scale Nanocellulose Production Plant Under Study In California

Full-scale wood-based nanocellulose production at a California site could result if a feasibility study underway by the USDA’s Forest Products Laboratory pans out. The Madison, Wisconsin, research arm of the U.S. Forest Service is working with local government officials in Yreka, California, along with area timber processors, on a project that could help turn small-diameter […]

Full-scale wood-based nanocellulose production at a California site could result if a feasibility study underway by the USDA’s Forest Products Laboratory pans out.

The Madison, Wisconsin, research arm of the U.S. Forest Service is working with local government officials in Yreka, California, along with area timber processors, on a project that could help turn small-diameter trees into high-tech products.

The key ingredient is microscopic particles of cellulose, called “nanocellulose,” material that has unique properties and may be useful in a variety of applications.

Nanocellulose is part of the emerging field of nanotechnology. Nanocellulose materials are strong, lightweight, colorless, and biodegradable. Possible uses may include lightweight armor, ballistic glass, car body panels, computer cases, food storage, and flexible electronics. Other products, such as concrete and structural panels, can be strengthened with the addition of nanocellulose.

The Yreka Cellulose Nanomaterials Project began in 2014, when the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors met with Forest Service officials. From that meeting came a proposal to evaluate the possible construction of a commercial-scale cellulose nanomaterials production facility in Yreka, California. Yreka was identified as a promising location due to the plentiful supply of wood and the support from local government.

From Woodworking Network: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/full-scale-nanocellulose-production-plant-under-study-california?ss=news,news,woodworking_industry_news,news,almanac_market_data,news

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