EERE's New Projects

Scale-Up of Novel Low-Cost Carbon Fibers Leading to High-Volume Commercial Launch

Awardee Details

Awardee 
The Dow Chemical Company
State 
Michigan

Funding

DOE Amount 
$9,000,000
Recipient Amount 
$4,500,432

This project will develop a lower cost carbon fiber production process that uses polyolefin  in place of conventional polyacrylonitrile as the feedstock.  Low-cost carbon fiber has widespread application in automobiles, wind turbines, and various other industrial applications. Potentially this novel process could reduce production costs by 20% and total carbon dioxide emissions by 50%.