Converting coconut husks into binderless particle board.
Access changed 5/24/11.
Coconuts grow abundantly in tropical regions, and the coconut husk is often discarded as waste. However, a new application has increased interest in developing this previously underutilized resource. Coconut pith has chemical reactivity due to its high lignin and phenolic content and can be hot-pressed into binderless particle board with excellent commercial potential. This initial investigation into proof of concept and production details determines the key processing variables and discusses the important findings of the concurrent research done by the Common Fund for Commodities. The objective of this research is to identify the best production paths to make high quality "Cocoboard" at the lowest possible price.