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Wood is the New Concrete

23 January 2023

(USA) What is Nanocellulose? – Cellulosic nanomaterials are the microscopic building blocks of a tree. When we add these super structures to non-tree materials like concrete, steel, and plastics, we can make them stronger, lighter, and infinitely more sustainable.

About the Project – Sometimes, less is more. In the first project of its kind in North America, cellulosic nanomaterials were mixed with concrete to build a bridge in Siskiyou, California. The pilot project demonstrates how nanomaterials can be added to traditional building materials to make them stronger, thereby reducing the total volume of materials needed. In California, the addition of nanocelluose increased material strength by 20%, making it possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a third (33%).

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