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By Elizabeth Rosenberg

Senator Cantwell of Washington recently proposed the Carbon Fiber Recycling Act of 2015, a bill calling for further development of carbon fiber recycling. The bill requests that U.S. Department of Energy study the technology, lifecycle, and economic impact of recycled carbon fiber, while working with automotive and aviation industries in developing a demonstration project. In addition to this, the DOE will collaborate with the Port of Port Angeles’ Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC). The CRTC participated in the 2015 CleanTech Showcase, revealing their solution to save resources through the reuse of carbon fiber composite scraps.

The market for carbon fiber materials is growing rapidly, as it provides substantial benefits and has been accepted in the automotive, aerospace, and energy industries. However, this strong growth has led to an increase in the millions of pounds of carbon fiber composite that is sent to landfills across the United States every year. The CRTC’s mission is to repurpose this waste for vehicles, building materials, renewable energy systems, and other applications.

Carbon fiber recycling is a vital topic and has been researched by many. The ability to reuse and recycle carbon fiber not only reduces landfill waste, but also cuts carbon dioxide emissions. HJ3 Composite Technologies has all leftover carbon fiber scraps from projects sent back to the facility, where they are inspected and repurposed for future projects. Adhering to the company’s mission of preserving and preventing the loss of resources, HJ3 is currently looking to partner with industry members to recycle and further repurpose its carbon fiber technologies.