BY LIZ ZABEL | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
The Department of Energy recently announced up to $12 million in funding to support the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, but more specifically to advance the production of cost-competitve, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food based feedstocks such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.
Carbon fiber is a strong, lightweight material traditionally made from natural gas or petroleum that can lower the cost and improve performance by replacing steel and other heavy metals in products, including fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy systems (wind turbine blades, pressurized hydrogen storage vessels, fuel cells, insulation materials in energy efficient buildings, etc). Compared to traditional carbon fiber, biomass-produced carbon fiber would be less costly and have greater environmental benefits.
For more information and application requirements, visit the Funding Opportunity Exchange website.