Bilodeau Quoted in Press Herald Article on Biobased Materials from Trees
Mike Bilodeau, director of the University of Maine’s Process Development Center, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about an event hosted by E2Tech, an organization that supports Maine’s environmental, energy and clean technology sectors. The event also served as an introduction to Biobased Maine, a reimagined organization supporting efforts to encourage research and development in new technologies that enable manufacturers to turn trees into biobased fuels, chemicals and advanced materials, according to the article. Bilodeau said three factors are driving renewed interest in biobased materials: new technologies that have lowered the cost of the manufacturing processes; novel applications for the materials; and shifting national priorities that have made available more federal funding, the article states. He said the research and development at the center will help paper mills diversify and find new products to help them remain relevant.