CIOL Wood - towards industrial scale production

IRG/WP 23-40980

E Larnøy, J Biørnstad

CIOL® is a new, low cost, non-toxic wood modification system, needed to replace traditional and non-sustainable alternatives with great potential. It’s important to find sustainable, environmentally friendly replacements to heavy metals and biocides. In the new European Bauhaus, Ursula Von der Leyen, president of the European commission, talks about how new living environment should be beautiful, sustainable together, which is also the essence of CIOL®. This project goal is to change the value chain of timber treated for outdoor uses from being based on heavy metals to environmentally friendly substances obtained from biological sources. One of the major innovations in this project is not to build a new factory, but to modify existing facilities from heavy metal based substrates to CIOL®. By doing so, we can have an end product price that will drive the end-use-customer from products containing heavy metals to CIOL® products, and a much faster implementation of the products to the marked. Research results from NIBIO have shown great potential and has now been exclusively licensed out for commercial exploitation to CIOL AS. Together with Moelven Østerdalsbruket (partner in the project) will this project allow CIOL AS to demonstrate and validate both the licensed technology and the company’s business model. CIOL AS will deliver specific retrofitting of existing copper impregnation facility, implement partner-specific curing process and the use of our proprietary CIOL® concentrate to produce a sustainable product for the future. This will be done by retrofitting of impregnation autoclave to withstand pH of CIOL® solution, followed by the construction of a standalone high temperature kiln (oven) run mostly on energy already produced at the sawmill. All these processes will be monitored by ambitious and necessary R&D methods.

Keywords: wood protection, CIOL®, sustainable, industrial scale, wood modification, environmental impact

Conference: 23-05-28/06-01 Cairns, Australia

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