UltraCell Insulation receives US$100,000 research grant from EPA to optimize manufacturing process for producing 100% OCC-based cellulose building insulation
May 21, 2014
– 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.”