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Partnering between OIT and the forest products industry
has led to many successful research projects, including
Gasification and black liquor demonstration project-DOE
and Georgia-Pacific Corporation will co-sponsor and share
costs on a 5-year, $64 million demonstration of an advanced
"black liquor" gasifier in Big Island, Virginia. The project is
designed to jump-start development and commercialization
of gasifiers as an alternative to recovery furnaces. The
gasification process being demonstrated is called the MTCI
PulseEnhanced Steam Reforming Process and is licensed in
the United States by StoneChem. This technology is predicted
to be more energy efficient than recovery furnaces and
releases lower levels of environmental emissions. This project
is part of the Biomass and Black Liquor Gasification Initiative,
and is a direct result of strong industry consensus on the
importance of this technology in the industry's future, with
the potential to convert the industry from the third largest
By concentrating research on the industry's most pressing
needs and requiring a private sector stake in the research
projects, the IOF process ensures a strategic allocation
of resources for technology development. The CTO
Committee, including representatives from approximately
12 forest products companies, ensures that R&D efforts
are well focused and funded.
" Industry-led task groups, which are coordinated by the
CTO committee, meet regularly to select technology
areas amenable to pre-competitive, collaborative part-
nerships, conduct technical merit review of proposals,
and evaluate ongoing projects.
" Mentors from the forest products industry volunteer
to guide each R&D project, advising researchers on
real-world operations and considerations.
" A retired industry executives group is co-funded by OIT
and the Institute of Paper Science and Technology to
work directly with mills to advise them of the opportu-
nities available for emerging technology implementation
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DOE Office of Industrial Technologies. Forest--Industry of the Future; Industrial Partnerships: Advancing Energy and Environmental Goals, book, February 9, 2001; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc715044/m1/3/: accessed November 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.