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To advance understanding of the scientific underpinnings, system behavior and policy implications for the production of forest-based bioproducts.
To provide and promote technology validation and partnerships that will meet societal needs for materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner.
FBRI Serving societal needs by bringing sound science to
PresentationJuly 18, 2018Why should you care?
Two Selected FBRI Highlights
Changing the way we use wood
1. Advances in production and application of cellulose nanofibers (CNF) involving several commercial mill trials and technology licenses for deployment in private sector with applications in specialty paper, packaging and automotive product sectors.
2. Breakthrough research on wood to jet fuel or diesel conversion involving floor-scale production resulting in third party verification of compliance with key parameters of JP-8 specifications without using any additive packages, using UMaines patented Thermal DeOxygenation (TDO) technology. Renewable diesel fuel trials on large marine engines underway in collaboration with the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA).
FBRI Serving societal needs by bringing sound science to commercial viability3
Discussion Topic - Nanocellulose
Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose (NFC/CNF)
1. One ton per day nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC/CNF) production pilot facility in operation since 2013, with 25 tons of NFC in commercial scale trials
2. NFC addition in basesheet, surface application on wet web, and coating on dry web successful in many applications
3. NFC use in nanocellulose-PLA composites looks promising, with work on NFC/PLA composites underway to avoid energy-intensive drying steps.
4. Work on use of NFC in particle board, snack packaging, and biomedical devices is underway.
Cellulose Nanofibers (CNF)
Nanofibrillated Cellulose (NFC)
Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNF)
Fibril width ~ 20 - 60 nm Lengths up to few microns High aspect ratio (100 1000) Large specific surface area
(100-200 g/m2 )
x 100k 200 nm
SEM image of
UMaine CNF Pilot Facility
Mass Colloider Ultra-
Grinder for comparison
Slurry form (3 - 4% solids)
Cellulose Nanomaterial Samples
Distributed since April 2013
Samples provided to 240 private companies
215 academic institutions
49 research centers
In 43 different countries
Commercial trials11 trials 25 tons CNF used
Controlled microstructure CNF solids CNF bones & Bone marrow plugs
Plates and Screws (MRI visible)
Discussion Topic - Fuels
Hydrocarbon Liquid Fuels (Diesel F76 & Jet Fuel JP A/5)
1. One ton per day Biomass to Bioproducts Pilot Plant
(B2P2) operational to make mixed organic acids as
a biomass-derived feed to TDO continuous
processing facility TDO Oil
2. TDO oil fractionation and hydroprocessing to make
jet fuel and diesel samples for fuel certification and
3. Biochar utilization initiative in place for soil
amendment and concrete curing aid studies
Biomass to Drop-in Fuels
Conversion to Mixed
DOE EPSCoR project 2007-2015DLA awards 2011-2014 & 2016-2019MMA subaward ongoing
UMaine Diesel Test Data
UMaine Jet Fuel Test Data
Why should you care? We can help you.
We operate two one ton per day pilot plants one for converting biomass into organic acids, and the other for converting wood fibers into nano-fibrillated fibers.
We have fee-for-service operations with dozen professional staff for technology scale up and validation with multiple integrated unit operations in 40,000 sq. ft. high-bay space with needed environmental permits.
We can facilitate coordination among biomass feedstock supply, brownfield sites looking for redevelopment, and various sstate-wide stakeholders looking into deployment opportunities for you in Maine, as a one stop shop.
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