Project Lead: Woodbridge Foam Corporation
Consortium Members: Woodbridge Foam Corporation, Michigan State University (Prof. Mojgan Nejad), West Fraser, Fortum Bio2X, Sweetwater Energy Inc, and Ford Motor Company.
This project aims to increase the commercial readiness of lignin-containing polymers by scaling up the production of lignin-based polyurethane (PU) flexible foams to move toward carbon-negative cars.
The consortium will achieve this by the end of May 2023:
- Formulating liquid lignin-polyol (MSU) using technical lignins produced by Fortum Bio2X (organosolv wheat straw), Sweetwater (hydrolysis hardwood), and West Fraser (kraft softwood)
- Using formulated liquid lignin-polyol to partially replace petroleum-based polyol in the formulation of PU flexible foam (Woodbridge)
- Scale up the production of lignin-containing PU flexible foams (Woodbridge) and test them in the manufacturing line of Ford
- Communicating the outcomes of this project via conferences, technical reports, journal papers, industry meetings, and social media