NEWTONVILLE, MA , May 20, 2014 (Press Release) -UltraCell Insulation, LLC announced today the award of a $100,000 research grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the EPA's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program. UltraCell was one of just 20 companies, out of many hundreds of applicants nationwide to receive this award. This research grant will be used to optimize our manufacturing process for producing 100% corrugated cardboard based cellulose building insulation, to allow us to obtain customer feedback on the product's performance, and to connect us with possible future production and distribution partners.
"Both the timing and appropriateness of this award will position our company to commercialize UltraCell's new, 100% corrugated cardboard-based cellulose insulation manufacturing process," according to Mark Brandstein, President and CEO of UltraCell. "The whole insulation industry is being challenged with higher building code standards for insulation and a surge in preference or requirements for high performance green building materials to reduce greenhouse gas, just as the feedstock supply for traditional cellulose insulation - newspapers - is precipitously falling as more people get their news via the Internet" he added.
According to April Richards, Program Manager for the Environmental Protection Agency "UltraCell Insulation, LLC, was chosen as part of a select group of companies for an SBIR award because their technology shows innovation toward protecting public health and our environment, which is the foundation and purpose of the EPA SBIR program. The company's technology converts a waste material (cardboard) into a valuable commodity (insulation) while providing the potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in buildings."
The new patented process, developed in conjunction with the University of Maine's Process Development Center (PDC), enables utilizing previously unusable Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) to produce high performing cellulose insulation. Not only does it allow for up to 100% OCC feedstock use, but UltraCell Insulation also reduces carbon emissions in three ways: (1) UltraCell improves the insulation of buildings by reducing heating/cooling losses and air infiltration, (2) UltraCell consumes a fraction of the energy used in manufacturing other forms of insulation, and (3) UltraCell's wood-based cellulose fiber directly sequesters carbon.
The six month Phase I grant is awarded under the research topic Innovation in Manufacturing Green Materials and is expected to be completed by October 2014. The results of the project will position UltraCell to commercialize its product with future production and distribution partners.
UltraCell will enable average citizens to do their part in reducing global warming by using UltraCell to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from their homes and the fuel cost drain from their incomes.
About UltraCell Insulation
Founded in 2013 by a balanced team of industrial, technical, and commercial experts. UltraCell Insulation, LLC is the owner of a patented process to produce cellulose insulation using 100% Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) with fire retardant chemicals actually impregnated into the cellulose fibers. This enables the creation of a higher performing, cost effective green building insulation material able to meet the significantly increasing demands of the building insulation market for better insulating and environmentally friendly building materials. Funded by both private and public money, UltraCell will be bringing nationally branded UltraCell insulation products to market via production and distribution partnerships across North America.