Organic-based renewable fuels… Eco-energy heating solutions for buildings… Innovative biomaterials… Novel transportation solutions…
FPInnovations’ research in biorefinery and transportation could make a huge difference to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian forest industry and the economy as a whole. Our research in these fields is of particular interest considering that the price of oil – a non-renewable energy source – is likely to remain high over the long term.
Energy research is conducted under FPInnovations’ Biorefinery and Energy program. The goal of the program is to improve forest industry performance by identifying avenues leading to new sources of energy and new biochemical products, with a view to finding substitutes for petroleum derivatives.
Through its Performance Innovation Transport program (PIT), FPInnovations is also developing a wide range of energy-efficient solutions for business. The program provides customized technological solutions and assistance to fleet managers seeking to reduce the cost and environmental impact of their operations or improve safety.
Video about the Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) program (in French only)
FPInnovations works with a huge network of researchers and experts involved in every stage of the process, from fibre supply to the creation of new products. Together, they seek innovative, scientific solutions to help pulp and paper producers increase plant efficiency, cut operating costs and develop new markets.
Research in these fields is conducted under four main programs at FPInnovations.
The Market Pulp research program is intended to help pulp producers increase productivity in order to retain market share in traditional markets while increasing sales in growing market segments.
The Paper, Packaging and Consumer Products research program helps industry members and clients improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce production costs. It also works to develop new value-added products for increased market diversification.
The Biomaterials program’s goal is to isolate and manufacture new cellulose-based structures, such as cellulose nanocrystal (CNC), cellulose filaments (CF) and gels, the properties of which can improve an enormous range of existing products, including pulps, paper, packaging, composites, wood products, bioplastics, paints, inks, varnishes, textiles and cosmetics.
Finally the Biorefinery and Energy program aims to improve forest industry performance by identifying avenues leading to new sources of energy and new biochemical products, with a view to finding substitutes for petroleum derivatives.
FPInnovations, its industry members and partners are helping redefine the role of wood as a building material.
Efforts to develop new construction systems and promote building code updates are significantly enhancing the potential for wood use in multi-storey non-residential buildings, among other opportunities.
FPInnovations research has also produced promising results for cross-laminated timber (CLT) building systems, featuring outstanding structural and thermal properties, acoustic performance and earthquake resistance.
CLT systems allow for new open-plan concepts, cleaner, safer and quieter worksites, and faster completion.
Research related to wood processing and building with wood is conducted primarily under the Primary Wood Products Manufacturing, Secondary Wood Products Manufacturing, and Advanced Building Systems programs. A multidisciplinary research team works with members and partners, providing knowledge and technical solutions to ensure the continuing competitiveness of wood products and building systems in a highly regulated environment.
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The Biomaterials program’s goal is to isolate and manufacture new cellulose-based structures, such as nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), cellulose filaments (CF) and gels, the properties of which can improve an enormous range of existing products, including pulps, paper, packaging, composites, wood products, bioplastics, paints, inks, varnishes, textiles and cosmetics.
And the Biorefinery and Energy program aims to improve forest industry performance by identifying avenues leading to new sources of energy and new biochemical products, with a view to finding substitutes for petroleum derivatives.
FPInnovations’ research helps forest operations companies run their businesses as precisely and efficiently as possible, with a view to responsible and environmentally sound resource management.
Research in this field is conducted under three main programs at FPInnovations.
The Forest Operations program seeks innovative solutions in the areas of harvesting operations, transportation and energy efficiency, precision forestry, resource roads, forest feedstocks and silvicultural operations.
The Resource Assessment program focuses on developing the knowledge, tools and technology to better identify wood fibre characteristics and their location, while growing improved fibre to optimize sustainability.
The Wildfire Operations research program works with industry members and government partners, researching issues related to preventing and dealing with forest fires.
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