Expansion of EcoPlanet Laboratories
1st March 2017
EcoPlanet Laboratories (EPB Labs) was originally created under the brand EcoPlanet Biomass Labs as an R&D and testing center focused on the collection of scientifically rigorous data around the potential for bamboo biomass to be a clean and renewable fuel product. The center focused on the proximate and ultimate analysis and associated testing of more than 30 species of bamboo, analyzing the benefits of different bamboo fibers, their suitability for different end products, and the most suitable technologies for their production.
The ultimate focus was the development of a bamboo based activated carbon material, to meet the every growing global market for this product. As a result of this focus, EcoPlanet Laboratories was located on the Kowie Bamboo Farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape to be on site and associated with EcoPlanet Bamboo's manufacturing subsidiary Core Carbon.
Between 2012 the EcoPlanet Laboratories facility acted as an R&D center and in addition provided proximate and ultimate analysis testing for both Core Carbon and a range of external clients. The facility became one of the top testing laboratories in South Africa.
In early 2017, with the finalization of the R&D necessary to secure EcoPlanet Core Carbon's manufacture of carbonized products the scope of EcoPlanet Laboratories has been expanded to include all science based R&D and product development for all EcoPlanet Bamboo plantations. This includes both the core focus on the timber industries that EcoPlanet Bamboo aims to disrupt - pulp and paper, textiles and engineered timber, but also additional products and markets from the additional parts of our bamboo plants.
As the new product development center for all EcoPlanet Bamboo companies, EPB Laboratories will not only be assisting our internal needs in Nicaragua, South Africa and Ghana, but will be providing external services to assist in the global industrialization of bamboo, in conjunction with a range of non government, governmental and private sector partners.< Back to news < Download article