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9/15/2014 | 1 MINUTE READ

Oracle Team USA receives carbon fiber recycling award

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Applied research firm SCRA has awarded racing yacht manufacturer Oracle Team USA an ReXC award for its use of reclaimed carbon fiber composites.

Applied research specialist SCRA (Charleston, S.C., USA) announced on Sept. 11 that it hs awarded racing yacht manufacturer and America's Cup winner Oracle Team USA an ReXC award. Together with MIT-RCF (Lake City, S.C., USA), SCRA recognized Oracle Team USA for its intelligent design and commercial integration of reclaimed carbon fiber from composites. The award is designed to honor the leaders in innovative reuse of recycled carbon-fiber composite materials.

Oracle Team USA recycled two of its racing yachts, recovering carbon from the boats and repurposing that recycled material into a mold for the next-generation watercraft. The carbon was recovered using a closed-loop process in a geothermal plant and was then shipped to Team Oracle USA's supplier, Core Composites (Bristol, R.I.,USA), for repurposing. The reclaimed material is more economically efficient and is becoming a standardized raw material used to make the molds for composites. The unused, recycled carbon fiber was sent to MIT-RCF.

"We hope that in the very near future we will see many more carbon fiber-consuming organizations reuse or reclaim their excess and scrap carbon," says Ambrose Schwallie, executive vice president of SCRA. "We are delighted to recognize Oracle Team USA for achieving that milestone and congratulate them on their innovative reuse of carbon fiber advanced materials."

Mark Housley, MIT-RCF executive vice president and SC launch zone manager, says, "We look forward to continued partnerships with companies leading the way in sustainable composite technology. Collaborating with leading aerospace companies, carbon fiber producers and the Department of Energy, SCRA has helped accelerate the process of carbon composites recycling and hope to continue to get these recycled products into the commercial marketplace."

SCRA has three sectors: Its Technology Ventures sector has helped more than 290 early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs; its Applied R&D sector manages more than 100 national and international programs worth more than $2.8 billion in contract value; and its R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced, high-tech manufacturing shops.

MIT-RCF, a Materials Innovation Technologies company, specializes in reclaiming, re-engineering and repurposing carbon fiber composites.