Researchers estimate a new production method can reduce the cost of carbon fiber as much as 50 percent and cut the energy used in its production by more than 60 percent.

Now, after extensive analysis and successful prototyping, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is making the process available for licensing. The method has the potential to accelerate adoption of carbon fiber composites in high-volume industrial applications, including automobiles and wind turbines.  Licensees will be able to use ORNL’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility to refine the process.

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