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, hosted 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. For more details, read the workshop proposal. 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.
- Neil Rossmeissl, Bioenergy Technologies Office
- Bhima Sastri, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Plenary Speakers and Presentations:
- Gary R. Lownsdale, Plasan Carbon Composites
- Mark Downing, Oakridge National Laboratory
- Darrell Waite, Old Town Fuel & Fiber
Participants were invited to answer a series of questions related to the development of renewable carbon fiber in three breakout sessions.
Breakout Session Results:
- Session 1: Technical Challenges with CF Manufacturing and Meeting End Product Specification for Vehicle Structural Components
- Session 2: Technical Challenges with Converting Biomass Resources to Drop-In CF Intermediates
- Session 3: Unconventional CF: Resources, Challenges, and Opportunities
The Department of Energy (DOE) seeks feedback from public and private sector stakeholders regarding the above slide decks that were produced during the workshop. The slide decks reflect the views of workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of DOE. This feedback will be used solely for information and program planning purposes and will not influence the results from the attending workshop participants. All feedback can be directed to CFworkshop2013@bcs-hq.com. DOE will not pay for any information provided or respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. Response will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed.
This is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. DOE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this report; however, DOE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this workshop, its related slide decks, or its responses. Responding to this request does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if DOE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter.