Colorado think tank tackles global 'weirding'

Collaboration is an increasingly important enabler in the expensive and difficult road to commercialization of carbon composite parts for cars in an effort to reduce vehicle weight and lessen dependence on fossil fuels.

One interesting example is an undertaking being organized by a Colorado think tank called the Rocky Mountain Institute. As part of a project it calls "Reinventing Fire", the Institute last year launched in Detroit an inititaive "to drive a transition to widespread carbon fiber adoption in the automotive industry. This event represented the first time that key decision makers and technology drivers across the automotive and carbon fiber industries convened to tackle barriers and develop the pathway to scale adoption of automotive carbon fiber composites."

Seed money is coming from philanthropic organizations looking for solutions to climate change, said Robert Hutchinson, managing director of research and collaboration for the Institute, in an interview at the 13th annual Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition in Novi, MI....

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