UMaine pilot opens doors for cellulose technology
The nation’s first Cellulose Nanofiber Pilot Plant at UMaine’s Process Development Center in Orono, funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Forest Service, will produce up to one ton per day of cellulose nanofiber, a material that is derived from wood chips. This value-added product has potential to be used in composites, automobile components, paint additives, and other products and could help revitalize the state’s paper industry which has seen a decreased demand for paper in recent years. With sidebar discussing the patent the University of Maine has received for an invention that dries cellulose nanofibrils.
Forest products industry, University of Maine Orono Process Development Center
McCarthy, James, "UMaine pilot opens doors for cellulose technology" (2013). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 5996.