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Agenda 2020 announces research areas for AMTech roadmap grant work
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Based on an Agenda 2020 News Release of February 10, 2015)
The forest products industry’s Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance is announcing the six research areas it will pursue under its Advanced Manufacturing Technology cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST). The areas are Chemical Recovery, Next-Generation Pulping, Reuse of Process Effluents, Reduced Energy in Paper Drying, Cellulosic Nanomaterials, and Value from Biomass.
The decision by the oversight panel was based on consideration of the recommendations in roadmaps developed during 2014 and on input from two open-forum workshops held November 18 and December 10, 2014. The oversight panel consisted of the Agenda 2020 Board of Directors and representatives of its supplier and platform members.
Agenda 2020 has been developing the foundations for the upcoming work for the last year through the work of area-specific teams. The roadmaps produced in 2014 identified goals, strategies and specific research and development needs aimed at advancing the industry’s competitiveness and improving its environmental footprint.
In 2015, with support from the AMTech grant, teams are being formed to drive each area forward by further defining needs, developing specific research concepts and projects, publicizing the opportunities, and seeking the experts and funding to execute them. Workshops will be held in the late Spring, 2015. Completed work products are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.
Some specific areas of interest in the 2015 program are (see the Agenda 2020 website for further details):
The Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance is an industry-led consortium that promotes development of advanced technologies for the pulp and paper industry. Visit the Agenda 2020 website (www.Agenda2020.org) for additional details on the upcoming work as well as for reports of the 2014 workshops and events. For further information, contact David Turpin, Agenda 2020 Executive Director ([email protected]).
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