Patented HKPC R&D Innovations “Smokeless Joss Paper” and “Ultrafine Fiber” Help Realise Environment Protection and Promote Sustainability

 Hong kong Climate Action Plan 2050

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) actively cooperates with the HKSAR government to promote the “Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050”, aiming to relief the operational pain points of enterprises and the environmental problems of the community with green technology, so as to achieve the goal of low carbon and less waste. 

New  Green Technologies

 Two of its green technologies, “Smokeless Joss Paper” and “Ultrafine Fiber”, were successfully patented, and their applications would be launched in the market soon, in order to encourage enterprises to reduce waste at source and save resources and costs to achieve sustainable development.

 Chinese Statistics

According to statistics, Chinese from around the world will burn over 120 million tons of joss paper each year, emitting nearly 1.9 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is a worrying situation. Starting from source, HKPC used only six months to successfully develop the “Smokeless Joss Paper”. This innovation, a silver medal winner in the “2022 Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions”, offers a sustainable solution between traditional customs and environmental protection.

 Appearance And Texture Smokeless Joss Paper

Appearance and texture the same as that of the traditional joss paper, “Smokeless Joss Paper” uses less wood during the production process and consists of recycled inorganic fillers and combustion accelerants. Its production cost is 5% higher, it emits nearly 30% less carbon dioxide and burns 40% faster, significantly reducing the smoke and dust released during combustion and heat energy. It not only causes less deterioration to the joss paper furnace, but also contributes towards environmental protection.

HKPC Plans

HKPC plans to conduct a trial burning of “Smokeless Joss Paper” with charities in Hong Kong. If the data is in line with expectations, it will explore with local manufacturers to officially launch it on the market. In the future, HKPC will continue to optimise related technologies to minimise carbon dioxide emissions during combustion, and apply this material technology to other paper products that are disposed of by combustion for a greater degree of “low carbon” living.

HKPC is currently helping local nonwoven manufacturer National Bridge Industrial (Holdings) Limited on the successful mass production of “Ultrafine Fiber” through the first production facility in Asia capable of producing such materials. The biggest difficulty is how to have stable control on the temperature of the pores and flow rate to ensure even thickness for each fiber. This R&D focuses on ensuring that the filtration efficiency of the degradable mask can be maintained during the use period to ensure the health of the user.

Ultrafine Fiber

 With the support of the Innovation and Technology Fund of the Innovation and Technology Commission, HKPC has successfully developed a low-cost, high air permeable “Ultrafine Fiber”. This environmentally-friendly material splits the fibers into filaments in the form of hot air jets. Compared with traditional fibers, “Ultrafine Fiber” is 37% higher in air permeability, with more than twice the moisture permeability, and consumes about 20% less energy in the production process. Compared with nanofibers, its production cost is 5 to 10 times lower, and the yield is relatively higher.

New Business

Mr Nature Yang, Managing Director of National Bridge Industrial, said, “In addition to producing protective clothing, meltblown cloths and masks and other anti-epidemic materials in Shenzhen, the company also set up a factory in Hong Kong to produce masks. As the epidemic situation remains volatile, there exists continuous demand for anti-epidemic materials in both Hong Kong and the Mainland markets. 
Not only the microfiber masks developed in collaboration with HKPC can decompose naturally with degradable additives, but their production cost can also be significantly reduced by 70% when compared with vegetable fiber masks. In addition, we are actively exploring the market of household products, and microfiber can also be used in the production of bed sheets and quilts, which will help us increase product categories and develop new business.

Patented HKPC R&D Innovations “Smokeless Joss Paper” and “Ultrafine Fiber” Help Realise Environment Protection and Promote Sustainability Patented HKPC R&D Innovations “Smokeless Joss Paper” and “Ultrafine Fiber” Help Realise Environment Protection and Promote Sustainability Reviewed by Deepika gupta on May 19, 2022 Rating: 5
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