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OrganoClick has developed a technology that mimics the way nature constructs materials. Organic chemical catalysts are used in order to attach functional molecules to biofibers. This creates a vast new realm of possibilities for enhancing biofiber-based materials. Using the OrganoClick process, new materials based on renewable resources - for example water-resistant textiles, flame- and decay-resistant wood, and paper with improved strength - can be developed. The benefits are reduced use of fossil fuels and plastics.
Paper production, for example, requires a lot of energy. In fact, making paper is one of the most energy-consuming industrial processes that exists. Reducing energy consumption in the production process can be achieved by reducing the raw material (wood) that is needed – i.e. dropping what is called the surface weight. But cutting surface weight also reduces paper’s strength and stiffness. OrganoClick’s process links and strengthens fibers in paper using natural biopolymers. This results in a reduction of raw material use without effecting the paper’s stiffness or strength.
OrganoClick’s technology can reduce the amount of raw material in paper-based packaging materials by 10-20 %, which would save huge amounts of energy at the same time that it reduces costs for paper manufacturers.
The industries and production processes of our modern society have a lot to learn from nature, e.g. the way ecosystems generate energy and manage to produce no waste at all. OrganoClick offers solutions inspired by nature that can greatly reduce resource and energy consumption in several industrial products and processes. The technology can make cardboard and corrugated board stronger and lighter, which greatly reduces material consumption and emissions from transport. If 30 percent of all cardboard is produced with this technology in 2020, this technology will reduce CO2 emissions by 22 million tons/year. Similar solutions can also be applied in other areas such as textiles and wood treatment.
OrganoClick is currently finalizing its proven technology for reducing raw materials needed for paper production, in collaboration with industrial customers. Over the next 12 months, the process will be tested in full-scale paperboard manufacturing. OrganoClick plans to start marketing activities in 2012 for the product in northern Europe. They plan to introduce the product in the rest of Europe within the next four to five years.
Meanwhile, OrganoClick will also set up its first production plant for manufacturing dry and water-based biopolymer products next year. The company is simultaneously launching a wood treatment product that protects wood from decay while adding flame-resistance.
Because of the challenges for implementing a new technology in existing industrial processes and value chains, OrganoClick is working in close partnerships with industrial customers.
OrganoClick was founded in 2006, based on scientific results of a collaborative research project from Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Uppsala. Founders include Professor Armando Córdova, Associate Professor Jonas Hafrén, and OrganoClick´s CEO Mårten Hellberg. Ashkan Pouya and Saeid Esmaeilzadeh operate the incubator company Serendipity Innovations, which helped prompt OrganoClick's founding.
Córdova is an organic chemist specializing in organocatalysis while Hafrén works in the field of wood science. Together they formulated the process to attach functional molecules to the fiber surface, a process which they have patented.
The climate innovation:
Green materials from modified biofibres
-22 million tons of CO¸ emissions per year in 2020
CEO, Mårten Hellberg
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