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Scholar's Day 2008 Stanton Greer. Baylor University. Converting Coconuts into Value-Added Products: Technology and Franchising. More Than Just Research. 50 billion coconuts can alleviate poverty for 80 million people. Coconut Zone. Poverty Zone. Particle Board. Erosion Netting.

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baylor university
Scholar's Day 2008

Stanton Greer

Baylor University

Converting Coconuts into Value-Added Products: Technology and Franchising

more than just research
More Than Just Research

50 billion coconuts can

alleviate poverty for

80 million people

Coconut Zone

Poverty Zone

coconut products

Particle

Board

Erosion

Netting

Plastic

reinforcement

Oil

Charcoal

Electricity

Hair/

skin care

Coconut Products

Snapshot

polymer type
Polymer Type

thermoset vs. thermoplastic

Pressure

Temperature

slide5

Making Particle Board

Hot-press coconut pith 

Binder-less particle board

  • Stronger, stiffer and cheaper
  • Still in R & D
100 psi 140 c
100 psi – 140 ºC

Particle Board

Density = 0.99g/cm³ E = 2.7E6 psi σ = 2.5 ksi

coconut shell composite
Coconut Shell Composite

Polyester-coconut shell composite

20%

10%

0%

prospective partners
Papua New Guinea

India

Kenya

Mexico

Philippines

Liberia

Prospective Partners
summary
Global impact

Sustainable Rural Enterprises

Franchise Package

US and local market sales

Increase coconut value/quality of life

Successful and sustainable business

Summary

Questions?

  • Increase coconut value
  • Raise quality of life
  • Binderless Particle Board
  • Coconut Shell Composite
  • Commercialization