Biz Brief: July 2012 HPC

Lignol Energy Corp., a bio-fuels and renewable chemicals firm, announced on May 3 that it has joined the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium.

Lignol Energy Corp. (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), a bio-fuels and renewable chemicals firm, announced on May 3 that it has joined the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), a group of 40 organizations with a common interest in the development and commercial deployment of new carbon fiber materials made with a non-polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor. Oak Ridge has nearly completed work on its Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTC), which includes a pilot plant capable of producing up to 25 metric tonnes (55,116 lb) per year of carbon fiber, using any of several different precursors, including lignin. Lignol hopes to explore the use of its 2HP-L lignin as a raw material for carbon fiber manufacture, an application that reportedly shows great technical promise with large-scale commercial potential.