FineCell MC - Validating a new idea that allows for commercial use of dry Nanocellulose
|Coordinator||FineCell Sweden AB|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 490 000|
|Project duration||November 2018 - June 2019|
|Venture||Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling|
|Call||Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling 2018|
Purpose and goal
FineCell has developed an innovative technology to manufacture a dry and micro-sized material - microcellulose powder (MC) from wood fibers, which can be used as sustainable reinforcements for making lighter and more sustainable biocomposites. The proposed project is intended to verify that the technology can be scaled up to manufacture MC in pilot scale, and thus can enable us to deliver enough MC to potential customers from biocomposite industry to test and validate our MC’s potential benefits in reinforcing biocomposites.
Expected results and effects
By validating the scalability of our technology and potential benefits of our MC in reinforcing biocomposites, we’ll be able to define an industrially feasible and economically viable way of producing new materials with higher value than traditional printing paper from forest resources in Sweden, with sufficient volumes that can enable various new and more sustainable products. Achieving this will help us release our dependence on oil-based products and enable us to contribute to UN’s 2030 Agenda for Global Sustainable Development Goals.
Planned approach and implementation
The project is divided into two stages, where the activities are clearly interlinked: Stage 1: Scaling up our microcellulose’s production to pilot scale, by collaborating with a manufacturing partner. Establishing dialogs with biocomposite manufacturers and confirming their interests in testing our microcellulose. Stage 2 Testing and validating our microcellulose’s potential benefits as reinforcements for biocomposites at their sites. Developing viable business cases based on test results.