Western Research Institute Awarded Low Cost Carbon Fiber Project

August 28 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently informed that Western Research Institute (WRI) was selected for an award with DOE funding of $3,745,413 to develop low cost carbon fiber components using various resources as the feedstock, such as coal and biomass. With partner cost share included, the overall value of the project as proposed is nearly $7 million.

Southern Research's Energy & Environment division (E&E) will participate as a subcontractor to WRI to provide renewable acrylonitrile -- the key raw material needed to produce the highest quality carbon fibers -- produced from biomass-derived second generation sugars.

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