This article was originally published on Bloomberg View.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bureau of Engineering and Technology is in the process of evaluating a new method for producing renewable energy.
The project is called Kiln Fiberboard, and it will produce a renewable-generated fiberboard for buildings that’s the same material used to make kiln wood.
It’s the first kiln to run on 100 percent cotton, 100 percent hemp, and 100 percent renewable energy, according to the DOE.
“This is a huge milestone in our efforts to build a new breed of renewable energy sources, and the Kiln fiber board is a critical part of that effort,” DOE Deputy Administrator Peter W. Diamandis said in a statement.
“Building and managing buildings that are more sustainable and less expensive are the priorities of this Department.”
In 2014, DOE announced it had awarded a $1.2 billion contract for an advanced kiln that could produce kilns of renewable fiberboard from the United States’ northernmost states.
It was based on an existing fiberboard mill in North Carolina.
The DOE’s Kiln Fiberboard project uses recycled materials to produce a building material that can be used to create renewable energy from the sun and the wind.
The company will also use fiberglass to construct the new kiln.
The kiln is expected to be completed in 2019.
The Bureau of Energy and Environment’s (BEE) Kiln Program is one of the DOE’s two main programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.
DOE’s other programs include the DOE Advanced Solar Thermal and Solar Thermal Efficiency Programs.