August 17, 2015

Carbon Fiber Recycling

By Elizabeth Rosenberg


Senator Cantwell Proposes Carbon Fiber Recycling Act of 2015: A Sustainable Solution

Senator Cantwell from Washington recently introduced the Carbon Fiber Recycling Act of 2015, a pivotal bill that underscores the importance of advancing carbon fiber recycling technologies. This legislation calls upon the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct an in-depth study encompassing the technology, life cycle, and economic repercussions of recycled carbon fiber. Furthermore, it emphasizes collaboration between the DOE, automotive and aviation industries, and the Port of Port Angeles' Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) to foster the development of a demonstrative project.

At the heart of this initiative lies the urgent need to address the mounting issue of carbon fiber waste. The carbon fiber market has experienced remarkable growth, making it an integral component in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and energy. However, this upsurge has also resulted in the disposal of millions of pounds of carbon fiber composite material into landfills throughout the United States every year. Enter the CRTC, with its mission to reimagine this waste, turning it into valuable resources for applications ranging from vehicles and building materials to renewable energy systems.

Carbon fiber recycling represents more than a means to reduce landfill waste; it's a pivotal solution for curbing carbon dioxide emissions. As an industry leader committed to conserving and harnessing resources effectively, HJ3 Composite Technologies takes an active role in recycling. All surplus carbon fiber scraps generated from their projects are returned to their facility, where they undergo thorough inspection and repurposing for future endeavors. Aligned with their mission, HJ3 now seeks collaboration with industry partners to further enhance their carbon fiber recycling capabilities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Senator Cantwell's Carbon Fiber Recycling Act of 2015 aims to advance carbon fiber recycling.
  • The DOE will study the technology, life cycle, and economic impact of recycled carbon fiber.
  • Collaboration with automotive, aviation industries, and the CRTC is essential for developing a demonstration project.
  • The carbon fiber market's growth has led to excessive waste in landfills.
  • Recycling carbon fiber not only reduces waste but also cuts carbon dioxide emissions.
  • HJ3 Composite Technologies actively participates in carbon fiber recycling initiatives and seeks industry partnerships for further advancements.


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