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Researcher Develops a Wood-Based Insulation

In Maine, tiny cellulose fibers are turned into insulation panels, while a New York company 'grows' insulation with mushroom roots and agricultural waste

Posted on Nov 1 2016 by Scott Gibson

A Maine entrepreneur has found a way to combine water and nano-fibers of cellulose into rigid insulation with insulating properties rivaling extruded polystyrene.

Arbolate, as Nadir Yildirim calls it, is still years away from commercial development, but his startup company has produced eight different prototypes of the insulation so far with help from a National Science Foundation grant. As development continues, Yildirim is looking into manufacturing or licensing partners. He says that Arbolate could be on the market by 2019.

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  1. University of Maine

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