The overall objective of the project is to increase material and energy efficiency in the production of wood fiber-based materials. The project is dedicated to a holistic view and evaluation of the production, processing and recovery of wood fibers. In this context, already used and potentially usable raw material assortments for the production of wood fiber-based products in the fields of furniture, wood, lightweight construction and plant cultivation are to be investigated. The starting point for the development of material- and energy-efficient process technology for the production of wood fiber-based materials is the expansion of the raw material base and the optimization of the fiber application. This includes the raw material-related optimization of the pulping parameters in fiber production as well as the characterization of the fiber properties.
The decisive energy and raw material saving potentials are achieved by the concept of product- and process-specific fiber fractionation, which for the first time allows a targeted use of the fibers for the individual application areas.
The increase in performance of the materials produced from the fractionated fiber assortments will be investigated. Finally, the holistic view of wood fiber utilization is concluded by reviewing the recovery and reuse of fibers. The potentials for developing new wood fiber-based materials are highlighted.