DOE to fund biomass-based carbon-fiber development


he US Energy Department (DOE; Washington, DC) has announced up to $11.3 million in funding for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.

Carbon fiber can potentially play a key role in lowering the cost and improving the performance of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy components such as wind turbine blades. The two projects seek to demonstrate new biomass conversion technologies that enable the manufacturing of acrylonitrile - an essential feedstock for high performance carbon fiber - for less than $1 per lb. ($2.20/kg).
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