Parameter Development for the Scaled Manufacturing of Mycelium Bound Panels for Commercial Interior Products

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HERD19C0005
Agency Tracking Number: B17P2-6A02
Amount: $299,147.90
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16-NCER-6A
Solicitation Number: 68HE0D18R0009
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-30
Small Business Information
70 Cohoes Avenue, Green Island, NY, 12183-1525
DUNS: 806335977
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Meeks
 Research Scientist
 (518) 273-3753
 danmeeks@ecovativedesign.com
Business Contact
 Gavin McIntyre
Title: Managing Member, Chief Scientist
Phone: (518) 273-3753
Email: gavin@ecovativedesign.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Ecovative Design uses grown mycelium structures to bind agricultural and wood byproducts into inherently nontoxic_x000D_ products containing no added urea formaldehyde or flame-retardant chemicals. This research program focuses_x000D_ on maturing mycelium technology for use in the production of large scale board products, from low density (LD) particle board to acoustic panels and thermal insulation. The Phase I work resulted in the successful build out and_x000D_ demonstration of a new manufacturing process called the Bulk Bin Reactor (BBR) and production of panel sizes previously unachievable. Additionally, it was discovered that grinding and hot pressing are not required, and as grown material can outperform the internal bond of LD particle board._x000D_ _x000D_ Phase II work will introduce new substrates to the BBR system to improve material properties. Targets are enhanced insulation, acoustic attenuation, and flame resistance. Objective I will produce hemp-based panels – known from_x000D_ small scale work to be high performing in the target attributes. Objective II will screen lower density, higher performance substrates. A commercialization plan is also laid out to take the results of the Phase II research and_x000D_ begin field testing the resulting panel products, and to prepare technical and financial information to begin partnerships with potential licensee manufacturers in industry sectors.

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