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Resource Wood
Ressource Holz
Ressource bois

Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: national in the area: Switzerland / Europe
Parent Organisations: NFP.SNF
Child Organisations:
Duration : 2011 to 2016 COMPLETED
Contact Address: no office contact defined

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General information and objectives

Wood is a renewable raw material whose use has not yet been optimised in Switzerland. As a multi-functional material, wood holds a high substitution potential for applications where mineral oil and other non-renewable resources have principally been used until now. Wood is a potential raw material for oil-based basic chemicals, plastics and many other materials, particularly those used in building.

The aim of NRP 66 is to develop approaches and methods that will improve wood availability and planning while making the sector more globally competitive. The researchers involved in this NRP apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of wood as a resource, be it at molecular, submicroscopic (fibres, fibrils) or macroscopic level (large structures).

In so doing, they create the prerequisites for fully exploiting wood’s potential to replace other materials. At the same time, they collaborate intensively with partners from the practical sphere. The NRP will work together with the Innovation Promotion Agency (CTI) to ensure that the knowledge and technologies resulting from the NRP are effectively and economically translated into the practical realm.

Furthermore, small and medium-sized enterprises are to be involved in the implementation of research results at an early stage. The NRP’s holistic, interdisciplinary approach generates research synergies that benefit all actors along the value chain.

The NRP 66 has an overall budget of CHF 18 million at its disposal. The timeframe for the research is 5 years.

Main Goals

  • To optimise the use of wood as a resource in the framework of a sustainable material life-cycle management, while considering ecological, economic and social aspects.

  • To develop innovative technologies and services for the material, energetic and chemical use of wood-based raw materials.

  • To establish approaches and methods that will make wood more readily available and concurrently strengthen the sector’s ability to compete in the global arena

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Last update: 9/4/12
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