The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC, Port Angeles, WA, US) announced on April 22 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Toray Composites (America) Inc. (TCA, Tacoma, WA, US) to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling efforts.
TCA’s primary role will be to provide the supply of scrap carbon fiber materials from TCA to CRTC. Additionally, TCA and the CRTC will work together to enable technical and market developments for recycled products.
“As the value of carbon fiber composites continues to transform transportation systems through light-weighting and increased efficiency, we have a responsibility to continually look at the full lifecycle of our products,” says Timothy Kirk, vice president – sales and marketing at Toray Composites America (TCA). “We foresee future developments, new technologies and new markets with recycling; and we see great alignment with the CRTC’s mission and the broader needs of the carbon fiber materials lifecycle.”
“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for the CRTC,” says Robert Larsen, CRTC’s CEO. “It ensures a consistent supply of carbon fiber scrap for our recycling efforts that will create beneficial uses for this previously landfilled material that we will turn into new and innovative product applications. Our recycling efforts will create dozens of living wage jobs and reap additional economic, energy, and environmental benefits.”
Founded in September 2015, the CRTC is a non-profit company whose mission is to lead and grow a composite recycling industry that diverts carbon fiber scrap that is destined for landfill, and turns it into value-added products. The CRTC will accomplish its mission through direct product manufacturing, by providing technical design services, and by making low-cost recycled carbon fiber feedstock available for other manufacturers to utilize.
The CRTC’s start-up has been made possible by the Port of Port Angeles that pioneered the concept of composite recycling in Clallam County. The Port obtained grant support from Clallam County, Washington State's Clean Energy Fund, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to complete CRTC’s facility. It is scheduled to open in August 2016. Other significant CRTC partners include Peninsula College, whose composite workforce training program will be co-located with the CRTC, Washington State University, and other research and industry partners throughout the US and internationally.