Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is making available market development quantities of low-cost carbon fiber for use in developing new products and markets for polymer matrix composites. Companies interested in using such materials are invited to submit proposals as described in this announcement.
ORNL is requesting proposals from industry to develop new products and markets for low-cost carbon fiber composites for transportation, energy production, infrastructure and other industrial uses. Proposals for projects with near-term commercial applications will have the highest likelihood of acceptance. Funds will not be provided to the industrial participant by ORNL. Note: THIS IS NOT A PROCUREMENT REQUEST.
Eligibility is limited to industries that currently manufacture or process materials in the U.S. for commercial applications or to industries that will be able to do so as a direct result of these collaborative efforts.
Carbon fiber is a strong, stiff, lightweight enabling material for improved performance in many applications. However, its use in cost-sensitive, high-volume industrial applications is limited because of today’s relatively high price. Current methods for manufacturing carbon fiber and carbon-fiber-reinforced composite structures tend to be slow and energy intensive. New, innovative manufacturing processes for low-cost precursor development and conversion technologies hold the key to reducing carbon fiber cost for energy applications.