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The building industry represents a significant source of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While building regulations are helping to drive down new operational emissions, innovative materials are also needed to help reduce emissions associated with the building materials themselves.
BP has invested in Tricoya Technologies Limited (TTL), a company formed by Accsys Technologies PLC, which is a leader in developing wood modification technology.
Using proprietary acetylation technology, TTL makes acetylated wood chips, called Tricoya® Wood Elements. The acetylation process uses the chemical acetic anhydride to alter wood's chemistry to improve durability, when compared with other natural or treated wood products. The Tricoya® Wood Elements are then used to make products such as medium density fibreboard (MDF) or particle board panels.
BP has also joined together with Accsys Technologies PLC (TTL's parent company), TTL and Medite, a wood panel manufacturer, to create a joint venture company– called Tricoya Ventures UK Limited – to build the world's first commercial-scale Tricoya® Wood Elements production facility. The facility is currently under construction and will sit next door to BP's petrochemicals manufacturing facility in Hull. BP will also supply the acetic anhydride for the acetylation process.