Nanocellulose materials will be more readily available thanks to the April 2013 opening of the Cellulose Nanofiber Pilot Plant at the University of Maine.
The new plant has the capacity to produce one ton of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) per day, and is the only facility capable of producing CNF at this scale in the United States. This increased availability of cellulose nanomaterials provides more opportunities for researchers and early-adopters to work with this sustainable, high-performance material.
Constructed in parallel with FPL’s Nanocellulose Pilot Plant, the new facility was funded through a joint venture with the USDA Forest Service and is part of a consortium of universities and non-profits led by FPL. Members of the consortium work together to improve methods of isolating nanomaterials, characterize and develop standards for various grades of nanocellulose, and support emerging markets for products made from wood-derived renewable nanomaterials.