For the past decade ORNL has led the Department of Energy’s low-cost carbon fiber initiative.

oakridgeFourteen companies have agreed to join with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to establish the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium, which will work to accelerate the development, demonstration and commercial application of new low-cost carbon fiber and composites materials in many different industry sectors.

Charter members of the consortium include Dow Chemical Company, 3M Company, Faurecia, Toho Tenax America, Plasan Carbon Composites, Composite Applications Group, Umeco Composites Structural Materials, Graftech International, United Technologies Research Center, Harper International, Hills Material and Chemistry Laboratory, SSOE Group, Innovation Valley and UT-Battelle, the managing contractor for ORNL.

“Engaging industrial partners all along the value chain is a critically important aspect of ORNL’s carbon fiber composites program,” said ORNL Director Thom Mason. “Our ultimate goal is to help businesses develop new commercial applications of low-cost carbon fibers and composites that will help our country address our goal of energy independence.”

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Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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