Investigation of binder-less fibreboards made of steam-exploded wheat straw and hemp shives

Project status


Project execution time

01.04.2019 to 31.03.2022

Project type


Project number (contract Nr.

Project manager

Ramūnas Tupčiauskas

Involved laboratories

Biorefinery laboratory

Call, activity

Activity "Post-doctoral Research Aid' of the Specific Aid Objective 1.1.1 ""To increase the research and innovative capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and the ability to attract external financing in human resources and infrastructure" of the Operational Programme "Growth and Empoyment"

Project goal

The scientific objective of the project is aimed at development of technology of binder-less fibreboards made of steam-exploded agricultural residues such as wheat straw (Triticum aestivum) and hemp (Cannabis sativa) shives.

Main activities of the project: (1) investigation of raw and pre-treated materials; (2) hydrothermal pre-treatment by steam explosion (SE) of the raw materials and binder-less board preparation from the obtained pulp by hot-pressing under different conditions; (3) studies of the obtained fibreboards to determining relevant physical-mechanical properties and possible applications with special emphasis on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC).

Project duration: 36 months. Total eligible costs of the Project account for 133,805.88 euros, including funding from the European Regional Development Fund – 113,734.99 euros.

Scientific consultant: Jānis Rižikovs

Information of project implementation in Latvian.