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wholetreeinc.com

Stage

Grant | Alive

Total Raised

$150K

Last Raised

$50K | 12 yrs ago

About Whole Tree

Whole Tree is a company that received a SBIR Phase IB grant for a project entitled: Coconut (Coir) Fiber Automotive Composites. Their project will demonstrate the feasibility of replacing polypropylene/polyester composite materials used for automobile trunk liners with more environmentally friendly coconut fiber based fabric composites. The environmentally friendly coconut fibers, produced from coconut husks, have a superior combination of fiber diameter, strength, stiffness, and ductility compared to synthetic, petroleum based polyester fibers currently used, making it possible to produce greener, lower cost trunk liners, door panels and floor boards. Preliminary results on an engineered composite material made from a compression molded blend of coconut fibers and polypropylene fibers are very promising, but additional research is needed to develop the optimal (1) combination of coconut fibers and polypropylene fibers, (2) interfacial adhesion between fibers, and (3) processing path (temperature, pressure and time) to meet the automotive certification/specification tests for General Motors and other automotive companies. The total market potential for coconut fiber automotive composites is 300 million kg/year. The broader impacts of this research include the reduction of petroleum consumption by 2-4 million barrels per year and the potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 450,000 tons per year. There are over 10 million poor coconut farmers (income ~ $500/year) who own 95% of the coconuts harvested annually worldwide. Approximately 85% of the coconut husks, which contain the coconut fiber, are burned because there is insufficient demand for this biomass. The successful development of coconut fiber based automotive composites could provide an additional $100-$200 million of annual income for these farmers. Whole Tree is a company that received a SBIR Phase I grant for a project entitled: Coconut (Coir) Fiber Automotive Composites. Their project will demonstrate the feasibility of replacing polypropylene/polyester composite materials used for automobile trunk liners with more environmentally friendly coconut fiber based fabric composites. The environmentally friendly coconut fibers, produced from coconut husks, have a superior combination of fiber diameter, strength, stiffness, and ductility compared to synthetic, petroleum based polyester fibers currently used, making it possible to produce greener, lower cost trunk liners, door panels and floor boards. Preliminary results on an engineered composite material made from a compression molded blend of coconut fibers and polypropylene fibers are very promising, but additional research is needed to develop the optimal (1) combination of coconut fibers and polypropylene fibers, (2) interfacial adhesion between fibers, and (3) processing path (temperature, pressure and time) to meet the automotive certification/specification tests for General Motors and other automotive companies. The total market potential for coconut fiber automotive composites is 300 million kg/year. The broader impacts of this research include the reduction of petroleum consumption by 2-4 million barrels per year and the potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 450,000 tons per year. There are over 10 million poor coconut farmers (income ~ $500/year) who own 95% of the coconuts harvested annually worldwide. Approximately 85% of the coconut husks, which contain the coconut fiber, are burned because there is insufficient demand for this biomass. The successful development of coconut fiber based automotive composites could provide an additional $100-$200 million of annual income for these farmers. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).

Whole Tree Headquarter Location

9425 Hopeland Dr

Austin, Texas, 78749,

United States

(254) 710-1482

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Whole Tree Patents

Whole Tree has filed 2 patents.

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4/22/2015

11/22/2016

Action plans, Structural system, Renewable energy policy, Energy economics, Data modeling

Grant

Application Date

4/22/2015

Grant Date

11/22/2016

Title

Related Topics

Action plans, Structural system, Renewable energy policy, Energy economics, Data modeling

Status

Grant

Latest Whole Tree News

Watch This Gigantic Machine Devour a Whole Tree in Seconds Because WTF

Jul 2, 2014

by Andrew Kirell | 6:16 pm, July 2nd, 2014video   Um… holy shit? Allow NPR to explain the frightening beast of machinery you are about to witness in the video at bottom: They are called excavator mulchers. That’s polite. What they really do is swallow trees. This one, a DAH Forestry Mulcher from Quebec’s manufacturer Denis Cimaf, consumes a 30-foot-tall, mature spruce (starting at the top, landing at the bottom) in 15 seconds. The tree that was, suddenly isn’t. No more words. Just watch, via YouTube: And immortalized in GIF form: Follow Mediaite

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  • Where is Whole Tree's headquarters?

    Whole Tree's headquarters is located at 9425 Hopeland Dr, Austin.

  • What is Whole Tree's latest funding round?

    Whole Tree's latest funding round is Grant.

  • How much did Whole Tree raise?

    Whole Tree raised a total of $150K.

  • Who are the investors of Whole Tree?

    Investors of Whole Tree include National Science Foundation.

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