Transportation - Process to make low-cost recycled carbon fiber


The solution is a low-cost grade of carbon fiber obtained via a patented recycling process. This grade has mechanical properties like virgin carbon fiber. The recycled fibers are used in broad-ranging formats including nonwoven fabrics, thermoplastic pellets, and 3D printing filaments for applications in automotive, sporting goods, and musical instruments. This recycling process addresses the 30% of carbon fiber that is currently being landfilled as post-industrial manufacturing scrap. Via a novel chemistry-based process, the solution can separate carbon fiber reinforcement from its plastic binder. The solution then processes the fiber to make it easy to feed into traditional thermoplastic extrusion equipment.

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Small scale commercialization 3 years and 50% material cost savings A1300