Photo: Researcher João Martins and Professor Jorge Canhoto, Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE) of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC)
Researchers from the Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE) has developed a product based on forestry residues and fungi that can be used in the construction sector, particularly on the interior walls of buildings.
The Value2Prevent project aims to value forest biomass, aiming to add value to forests and, consequently, promote the possibility of increasing product yields. It also aims to prevent forest fires, increasing fuel removal and also aims to contribute to the promotion of the circular economy as an area for the development of technology-based entrepreneurship projects.
The tests have been carried out using trees such as eucalyptus, maritime pine (pinheiro bravo), strawberry tree (medronheiro), and even a mixture of shrubs, but in the future the team intends to test the use of other products with biomass, such as reused plastic, cork and rubber, which can make the acoustic and thermal properties of this material even more effective.
SerQ is the promoter of this project, having as partners the Universidade de Coimbra (UC), the Instituto Superior de Agronomia – Centro de Ecologia Aplicada “Prof. Baeta Neves” (ISA/CEABN), the Centro Ciência Viva da Floresta de Proença-a-Nova (CCVF) and Proentia – Essential Oils.
More information about the project here.
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