RECYCLING

Wind/Energy

GE, LafargeHolcim team up to explore circular economy solutions for the wind industry

Per an active drive for more sustainable, circular solutions, both partners will be investigating ways to use decommissioned wind turbine materials. 

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Carbon Fibers

Apply Carbon France invests in new manufacturing facility for recycled carbon fiber 

The 15,600-square-meter facility will integrate the former ELG Carbon Fibre’s short carbon fiber business to address the growing market for sustainable technical fibers.
#aramidfiber #sustainability

Wind/Energy

European partnership drives forward novel process development for GFRP recycling

Together, Aker Offshore Wind, Aker Horizones and the University of Strathclyde will scale up and commercialize the glass fiber recycling process, which could potentially serve 50% of global glass fiber demand.

Automotive

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

Wind/Energy

Ørsted to recover, reuse or recycle wind turbine blades

Offshore wind farm developer reports it will temporarily store decommissioned composite blades, should recycling solutions take longer than anticipated.
#windblades

Videos / Podcasts

Wind/Energy

Éirecomposites and ORPC to use recycled carbon fiber in tidal turbine foils

Development part of €3M CRIMSON project to advance tidal energy for clean electricity.
#sustainability

Consumer

SHAPE Machining, Supernatural-X collaborate on composite electric guitar

Made from reclaimed carbon fiber, the lightweight guitar possesses excellent tuning stability, and zero RF interference.

Materials

Rhode Island boat recycling program plans expansion to other states

Having recycled 60 tons of fiberglass in two years, the RIMTA program will expand to Conn., Mass., Maine and Wash. state via funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
#sustainability

Aerospace

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.
#trends #adhesives #sustainability

Aerospace

Industrial production line for recycling thermoplastic polymers and composites into organosheet

ThermoPRIME and Thermosaïc technologies recycle plastic and composite waste via modular, flexible equipment.
#cuttingtools #peek #sustainability

Consumer

Britannia boat cradles manufactured with ELG recycled carbon fiber

ELG Carbon Fibre has processed more than 1.2 metric tonnes of INEOS Team UK’s carbon fiber waste materials to produce two cradles for the new race boat.
#outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Episode 29: John McQuilliam, Prodrive Composites

Prodrive Composite’s John McQuilliam discusses the company’s primary to tertiary (P2T) carbon fiber composite recycling process.
#trends #weaving #precursor

Wind/Energy

GE, LafargeHolcim team up to explore circular economy solutions for the wind industry

Per an active drive for more sustainable, circular solutions, both partners will be investigating ways to use decommissioned wind turbine materials. 
#windblades

Carbon Fibers

Apply Carbon France invests in new manufacturing facility for recycled carbon fiber 

The 15,600-square-meter facility will integrate the former ELG Carbon Fibre’s short carbon fiber business to address the growing market for sustainable technical fibers.
#aramidfiber #sustainability

Glass Fibers

European partnership drives forward novel process development for GFRP recycling

Together, Aker Offshore Wind, Aker Horizones and the University of Strathclyde will scale up and commercialize the glass fiber recycling process, which could potentially serve 50% of global glass fiber demand.

Thermoplastics

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

Wind/Energy

Ørsted to recover, reuse or recycle wind turbine blades

Offshore wind farm developer reports it will temporarily store decommissioned composite blades, should recycling solutions take longer than anticipated.
#windblades

Materials

CarboNXT develops industrial-scale recycling process for Covestro CFRTP composites

Recycled polycarbonate composite material is blended with new polycarbonate, offering similar properties to virgin materials, saving raw material resources and contributing to the circular economy.
#sustainability

NEW PRODUCTS: RECYCLING

Glass Fibers

Covestro introduces 3D printing material made from recycled PET

Glass fiber-filled rPET suitable for high performance and structural applications using 3D pellet printing/fused granulate fabrication (FGF).

Thermoplastics

ICP thermoplastic tension members enable flex strength improvement

TM continuous fiber-reinforced rods help plastic parts perform more like metal by increasing load capacity and overall stiffness of the molded part. 

Materials

Avient launches reSound R recycled content portfolios

Formerly PolyOne, Avient expands the range of sustainable solutions with its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), polyamide and polycarbonate portfolios.

Core

EconCore licenses recycled PET honeycomb core technology

The company’s rPET honeycomb core is made from more than 95% recycled PET and is reported to outperform PP honeycomb cores.

Materials

Cincinnati Inc. to offer BASF 3D printing materials for SAAM HT

BASF’s ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET are now offered for use with Cincinnati Inc.’s Small Area Additive Manufacturing Machine.
#peek #precursor

Core

EconCore evolves thermoplastic, recycled honeycomb core materials

EconCore’s latest research is focused on high-performance honeycombs and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) honeycomb technology.
#outofautoclave