11 April 2011

Lignol develops first renewable chemical product

High performance lignin for making Oriented Strand Board (OSB)

High-Performance Lignin used successfully in resin adhesive to make Oriented Strand Board Resin adhesive meets or exceeds Canadian and U.S. industry quality standards Lignol’s strategy to develop commercial applications for green chemicals delivering results.

Lignol Energy Corporation (“Lignol”, TSX-V: LEC), a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals sector, today announced the development and trials of its first renewable chemical product, a resin adhesive formulation using Lignol’s High-Performance Lignin (HP-LTM), for making Oriented Strand Board (“OSB”).

“The successful development and trial of our first renewable chemical product based on our High-Performance Lignin is an exciting milestone for our company,” said Ross MacLachlan, President and CEO. “This achievement demonstrates that our strategy to develop commercial applications for the green chemicals produced at our pilot-scale biorefinery is delivering results.”

“For Lignol, this paves the way to enormous worldwide markets for High-Performance Lignin formulations in other applications like particleboard, plywood and MDF for the composite wood products industry. The potential volumes needed to supply these markets would require production from multiple commercial-scale Lignol biorefineries,” added MacLachlan.

Lignol’s proprietary resin adhesive formulation is a hybrid resin system that contains derivatives of the company’s HP-LTM lignin for use in the manufacture of the core layer of OSB. OSB is a widely used composite wood board material used throughout the North American construction industry.

“Until now, only limited success has been achieved using standard lignin in resins for use on the surface of OSB boards. Those lignin resins lacked the strength required to function in the core of OSB to meet industry quality standards,” said Dr. Jim Dangerfield, Executive Vice President of FPInnovations. “Lignol’s hybrid lignin resin system is a technological breakthrough which offers OSB manufacturers a new adhesive made with significant renewable material content for the core layer of OSB that’s cheaper and greener with great performance,” added Dr. Dangerfield.

Board trials of Lignol’s HP-LTM resin adhesive system were conducted by FPInnovations, a globally respected forest products research institute.

Source: istockanalyst.com, 2011-04-11.

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