Cocoboard is an novel fiberboard (Medium & Low density) made of shredded coconut husks and pressed to boards with natural tannin binder.
In comparison to wood-based panels, Cocoboards are significantly cheaper and 100% chemical free.
Our technology can be used in a range of applications in the bio-based panel industry.
Moving from linear to circular economy in the context of biomass valorization.
The Philippine people call the coconut palm “tree of life”, because it is possible to use any of its parts in valuable applications. The coconut husk is the external fibrous part of the nut. Every year in the Philippines 15 billion of coconuts (25% of the worldwide production) are harvested and processed in the coconut oil industry, leaving the husks as a waste only partially used for energy production. About 2.5 million tons of husks per year remains unexploited and available for further valorisation.
The tannins are natural compounds recovered by simple hot-water extraction from bark, heartwood, shells and husks, widely available by-products of agroforestry. Beside their traditional use in leather manufacturing, they are efficiently used as formaldehyde-free adhesives for wood products. Worldwide, about 200’000 tons of tannins are produced per year. Their recovering from local tree species is currently under development from our team (PINOY Tannin project).