Renewable Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Lightweight Vehicles Workshop

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office, in coordination with the Advanced Manufacturing and Vehicle Technologies Offices,┬áhosted a workshop on the use of renewable, low-cost carbon fiber for lightweight vehicles on June 4–5, 2013. The workshop leveraged the complementary insight and expertise of DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offices to support end-to-end technology development for an enhanced domestic supply chain for low-cost carbon fiber that has the potential to increase energy productivity and the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. Issues discussed at this event included the technical challenges of carbon fiber manufacturing, including meeting end product specifications for vehicle structural components; the technical challenges of converting biomass resources to "drop-in" carbon fiber intermediates; and the resources, challenges, and opportunities in unconventional carbon fiber.

The two-day Renewable Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Lightweight Vehicles Workshop was held in Detroit, Michigan. The event was free and open to the public. A full list of participants is available online. To learn more about the topics covered at the workshop, please view the agenda. The findings from the workshop have been compiled into a summary report that is now available online.

Speakers with experience in carbon fiber manufacturing, biomass deconstruction and intermediate production, and industrial chemical production provided information around the requirements of those industries and the areas where renewable carbon fiber would provide benefits.

DOE Presentations:

  • Neil Rossmeissl, Bioenergy Technologies Office
  • Bhima Sastri, Advanced Manufacturing Office

Plenary Speakers and Presentations:

Participants were invited to answer a series of questions related to the development of renewable carbon fiber in three breakout sessions.

Breakout Session Results: