Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Use of Regenerative Catalytic Oxidizer in fiber board production facility(ST9085-1)

Norbord Industries, Inc.


Norbord is a major supplier of medium density fiberboard (MDF), which is made by compressing recovered and recycled wood fibers with urea formaldehyde or other synthetic resins as bonding agents. There are two major sources of emissions from the MDF manufacture. These are associated with wood particle drying prior to addition of bonding agents and hot pressing of the fiber boards. The use of regenerative thermal and catalytic oxidizers (RTOs & RCOs) to control the release of volatile organic compounds from the drying and pressing operations at their Deposit, NY facility, has been identified as use of the most applicable control technologies. Currently, Norbord is planning to install a RTO even though RCO is a more efficient technology, as the oxidizer can be maintained at a lower temperature, and is more suited to the temperature of emissions from the pressing and drying operations. The RCO, however, is more expensive and NYSERDA support would help cover the differential cost, supporting the adoption of a more efficient control technology.

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Project Description

The scope of work consists of four tasks in addition to reporting, management, and technology transfer. These tasks include: conducting detailed technology assessment; developing detailed engineering plans and specifications; conducting construction activities; and monitoring and analyzing system performance. Norbord has competitively selected an equipment supplier for the RCO technology.


About 39,000 decatherms of natural gas is expected to be saved annually, compared to operation of a conventional RTO on the same emission source. These benefits could be multiplied to the extent that other facilities in NYS with RTO adopt RCO technology as retrofits. Operating data will be collected and analyzed, and the results compared with data on performance in other published reports.

Project Results

A final report documenting operation of the RCO/RTO at Norbord was received. Norbord has, however, ceased production of stranded and medium density fiber board at the facility.


Norbord Industries, Inc.
1 Toronto Street, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M9W 1E8

Principle Investigator

Sheri Weeks

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Demonstration

Technologies Types:

Waste Management and Pollution Prevention
Emission controls

NYSERDA Contact Information

Richard Drake


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST9085-1

Last Updated: 3/10/2014