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Low-Cost Recycled Carbon Fiber

A closed loop, post-industrial fiber recovery process to make low-cost recycled carbon fiber

May 2021
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The solution is a low-cost grade of carbon fiber obtained via a patented recycling process. This grade has mechanical properties similar to virgin carbon fiber. The recycled fibers are used in broad-ranging formats including nonwoven fabrics, thermoplastic pellets, and 3D printing filaments for applications in automotive, sporting goods, and musical instruments. This recycling process addresses the 30% of carbon fiber that is currently being landfilled as post-industrial manufacturing scrap. Via a novel chemistry-based process, Vartega is able to separate carbon fiber reinforcement from its plastic binder. Vartega then processes the fiber to make it easy to feed into traditional thermoplastic extrusion equipment. This enabling technology is solving a composites value chain problem by recovering a captive supply in the waste stream to meet an unmet demand for low-cost carbon fiber downstream.

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Label Date May 3, 2021
By Vartega
From United States
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • 1 ton of recycled carbon fiber used in vehicle lightweight applications reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 47.67 tons
  • The embodied energy of Vartega's recycled carbon fiber is 96% less than virgin carbon fiber
  • Diverting 30% carbon fiber scrap waste from landfill

The Financial benefits

  • The solution delivers 50% materials cost savings
  • 3 year payback for on-site Hardware-as-a-Service installation

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Vartega is making carbon fiber more accessible to more industries.

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Headquarters Arvada, CO 80403, USA

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