Formica Canada Looks For Ecological Solutions

With laminate samples being discarded after just one use and considering the dust and paper residues generated by the manufacture of its products, Formica Canada is working with the Université de Sherbrooke’s biomass technology laboratory to find a way to transform these residues into green energy, thereby reducing its ecological footprint. The project kicked off in 2021 with the Université de Sherbrooke's Business Partnership Group, which helps companies find innovative solutions to specific problems through collaborative research. Two energy recovery methods have been combustion and gasification. To use either of these methods, samples and residues must first be reduced to a powder before being transformed into granules. Recycling the samples and residues will reduce the plant's waste volume and natural gas consumption. The researchers will conduct a series of tests to calculate the proportions of the various residues that create quality pellets, as well as the optimal conditions for the combustion and gasification processes. They will then provide this data to the Formica Canada team for use in the operation of Formica’s plant in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. The project’s initial phase revealed promising physical and chemical properties, and research is now underway to optimize both processes.