DowAksa USA Helps Launch Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

DowAksa’s Joint Development Work with Ford Highlighted in DOE’s EERE Network News

After more than one year of competition, evaluation and preparations, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) was launched in June 2015 when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Cooperative Agreement at IACMI’s first membership meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee. DowAksa USA played a key role in contributing to IACMI’s selection and will participate as a Charter Member as Institute operations begin in several U.S. states. Other major partners include Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and several leading American universities.

DowAksa will leverage IACMI as a collaborative platform to accelerate widespread adoption of carbon fiber composites. DowAksa’s world-leading technology and manufacturing experts will contribute their expertise to help effectively overcome barriers to entry for the use of carbon fiber composites in high-volume automotive and other industrial applications. For example, as reported in the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Network News, DowAksa has a joint development agreement with Ford Motor Company (another IACMI member) to make carbon fiber for high-volume automotive lightweighting applications, which will be supported by ORNL.

IACMI aims to advance low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing and recycling of fiber reinforced polymer composites for clean energy applications, focusing on three application areas: vehicles, wind and compressed gas storage. As part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), IACMI will develop technologies with the objective of cutting composites costs by 25 percent and their embodied energy by 50 percent, while achieving 80 percent recyclability in five years. Importantly, the Institute will also work with industry, academic and government partners to educate and train a skilled composites workforce to meet expected industry needs.

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