Treatment of wastewater from the treatment of thermally treated wood

Wood is a naturally renewable bio-resource that is gaining an increasingly important share in construction because it binds greenhouse gas CO2, is low in nitrogen and also requires little energy in processing into building products. Major innovations in the wood industry now make it possible to produce high-quality building materials from mixed-grade wood and from wood species with naturally unsuitable properties.

Students are introduced to the company where wood is upgraded by high-temperature, high-pressure steam treatment to make wood more resistant to moisture and wood rot fungi without chemical additives. During the production process, steam condenses together with natural organic compounds from the wood to form a difficult to handle and process wastewater, for which the company is looking for a good solution.

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):