Wood thermal treatment has increased significantly in the last few years and is still growing market to improve properties of wood. The process of wood thermal treatment improves the wood resistance to decay, spatial constancy and sustainability.
The Latvian company, specialized in R&D of wood thermal treatment, offers a newly developed equipment for thermal treatment of wood. Thermally treated or modified wood is a wood that has been heated to a high temperature (up to 220 degrees Celsius) in absence of oxygen inducing some chemical changes to the wood increasing its durability. Thermally treated wood as a very durable material is used in building industry. Usually, thermal treatment devices are complex systems that require considerable investments to start production of thermally treated wood and has high exploitation costs. The offered equipment for wood thermal treatment has been developed to overcome these shortcomings and has shown excellent results.
Usually, operational costs for one treated cubic meter of wood are EUR 25 to 50. Operational costs for newly developed equipment are EUR 11.70 to 15.00 per cubic meter of treated wood. Moreover, initial investments (costs of the device) are in the range of EUR 100 000, wherein existing devices in the market require initial investments from EUR 250 000 to 1 500 000. The equipment has been tested by customers and proved its economic and functional advantages comparing to similar products already in the market (less energy consumption – reduced operational costs). Therefore, it is not just a concept, but already fully functional technology.
Status of the equipment: fully functional, technical information available (CAD model, manufacturing drawings), know how in operation. The initial priority patent application has been submitted allowing to proceed with filing an international patent in target markets.
The company is looking for partners (wood producing/ processing enterprises, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers) offering commercial agreement with technical assistance or license agreement to use, produce or further develop/adopt to local needs the technology/equipment. Technical assistance will include technical consultancy and implementation of the technology. The company is open to all kind of collaboration.