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25% stronger, 100% bio-based fiber board

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This invention provides particle board or fiber board that is non-toxic, 25% stronger than currently available products and made completely from renewable materials.  This is accomplished by replacing commonly used formaldehyde based resins with a safe, renewable nanocellulose based binder.

Benefits:

  • Reduction of health problems and related expenses (up to $48m per year1) caused by formaldehyde exposure
  • Increased strength reduces material and transportation costs
  • Nanocellulose, a renewable resource, replaces binders generally synthesized from non-renewable resources

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Fire Resistant Cellulose Insulation

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End users and installers of insulation want a product that is affordable, efficient and safe. Cellulose insulation, generally produced from recycled wood fiber, is affordable and outperforms fiberglass in extreme weather. But cellulose has poor insect resistance and fire retardant qualities without the addition of toxic chemicals.  Additionally, the cellulose insulation  manufacturing process currently used creates a product prone to settling, which is bad for the homeowner, and dust, which is bad for the installer.  ProCell Insulation solves all of these problems, making it a very attractive choice compared to fiberglass and other cellulose insulation brands.

The technology was developed at UMaine in collaboration with the company founders.  Company is currently developing manufacturing and distribution networks. Learn more at procellinsulation.com

UMaine Tech ID  2009-34

US Patent Number  8,043,384

Environmentally Friendly Pollutant Remediation, Dye Decolorization

PROBLEM: Organic pollutants and dyes from textile and paper plants in industrial waste streams need remediation.

SOLUTION: Using the chemically enhanced Fenton system, dyes can be remediated quickly in an environmentally safe manner.

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