EERE's New Projects

Continuous Processing of High Thermal Conductivity Polyethylene Fibers and Sheets

Awardee Details

Awardee 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
State 
Massachusetts

Funding

DOE Amount 
$1,000,000
Recipient Amount 
$29,350

This project will research a new continuous manufacturing process to make high molecular weight, high thermal conductivity polyethylene fibers and sheets to replace metals and ceramics parts in heat transfer equipment.  Also, because polyethylene density is 35% less than aluminum, the new materials developed as part of this project could generate fuel savings in vehicle applications.