CRTC, IACMI and Peninsula College join new carbon fiber recycling partnership

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Ceremonial signing of the Memorandum (Source: CRTC)

Washington, DC / USA — On Friday, July 1, three partners in the composites industry came together for a ceremonial signing of two Memorandums of Understanding. The collaborative agreements brought together the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC), the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), and Peninsula College to develop advanced methods of recycling composite materials. The agreements establish the Port Angeles, WA-based CRTC as a strategic partner and West Coast satellite location for the IACMI, and allows Peninsula College to expand their capacity to train the composites manufacturing workforce of the future.

Stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum, carbon fiber composites are revolutionizing the aerospace industry. But 29 million pounds of composite scrap end up in US landfills every year– a challenge the new partnership will meet head on. The collaboration agreements was signed to develop nationally deployable composites recycling technologies and train the advanced composites workforce of the future.

This new partnership will add CRTC’s expertise in composite recycling to he Composites Institute, and serve to broaden the national impact of the Institute while expanding the capabilities of the Port Angeles facility. CRTC will serve as the West Coast “portal” for the Institute, working with other research institutions, industry and more on behalf of The Composites Institute. In addition, CRTC will have access to world-class level facilities, equipment and partners.

“Port of Port Angeles is taking the lead for the nation in solving carbon fiber recycling for manufacturing,” said U.S. Senator Cantwell. “This agreement gives the Composite Recycling Technology Center real world-class chops in solving how to break-down carbon fiber which will lead to jobs.”

The Composite Recycling Technology Center is the world’s first facility to divert uncured carbon fiber scrap from the landfill into innovative new products. IACMI-The Composites Institute, is the fifth Institute in the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, with a focus deployment of advanced composites in clean energy technologies. It’s supported by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and was created by the federal government to support US manufacturing by accelerating the development and commercial use of composites.

“This new partnership will help drive advancements across the board in clean energy innovations,” said Dr. Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy. “It represents tremendous potential to innovate in the US and coordinate with groups across the nation to unlock this potential for a cleaner, safer, and economically secure future.”

Craig Blue, CEO of The Composites Institute, commented: “This collaboration reinforces our mission to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge technologies for low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing of advanced composites, positively impacting clean energy innovation and workforce development. It also creates a satellite operation for IACMI in the Washington area and provides a presence in the Pacific Northwest, which is critical to our long-term growth strategy.”

The picture shows the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum showing (at the front (from left) Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office; Dr. Luke Robins, President, Peninsula College; Dr. Craig Blue, IACMI-The Composites Institute CEO; Robert Larsen, CRTC CEO and in the back (from left) Colleen McAleer, Port of Port Angeles President; Maria Cantwell, State of Washington Senator; Brian Bonlender, Washington State Department of Commerce Director

Source: Composite Recycling Technology Center / Peninsula College