The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in the US has been awarded a US$1.73 million state grant to fund composite recycling equipment at its new Port Angeles facility.

The grant by the Washington State Department of Commerce from its Clean Energy Fund 2 program, will allow the purchase and installation of equipment to recycle carbon fiber scrap from the aerospace industry into value-added products. 

Production at the site should begin by the end of this year. The facility’s product offerings will focus long-term on clean-energy applications, with specific products yet to be announced.

‘This grant is one of the last pieces of the puzzle to enable CRTC to become the source of new jobs and economic development for our community and county,’ said Bob Larsen, CRTC CEO. ‘CRTC is now poised to accelerate its production plans and increase the number of jobs it creates in the coming year.’

CRTC is currently the only facility in the world to divert uncured carbon fiber composite scrap from landfills and transform it into consumer products. The material – lighter than aluminum and stronger than steel – is used to create lightweight airplane and automobile parts, but up to 30% of it ends up as manufacturing scrap. As it finds new uses for aerospace industry composite waste, the CRTC production process using recycled carbon fiber uses only 10% of the energy needed for like products made from virgin carbon fiber, the organization says.

CRTC has a supply agreement with Toray Composites America, and discussions are underway with other major carbon fiber scrap producers in Washington and in other parts of the country.

This story is reprinted from material from the CRTCwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.