Micro release - The use of microwave technology for the recovery of wood fibre from MDF

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This project was set out to develop a novel method for the recycling of fibres and particles from timber based board products. FIRA invented a technological approach utilising microwaves that would achieve such an aim and this research programme was dedicated to optimising the process and proving the concept at laboratory scale.


  • Introduction
  • Background
    • Wood based panels and their relevance to the furniture industry
    • Panel board production
    • The problem of production waste
    • State of the art for wood panel recycling
    • The potential market for reclaimed fibre
  • The technology
  • The project
  • Conclusionsand future prospects


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