Coal to Carbon Fiber
“Using coal-based materials to produce high-value carbon fiber for composites would be a terrific benefit to the state. It would support rural initiatives and help maintain Utah’s role as a global leader in advanced carbon research and development.”Dr. Eric Eddings, University of Utah research team lead.
Utah Coal Offers Path To Advanced Materials
A multimillion-dollar research program underway at the University of Utah is working to develop cost-effective, carbon-friendly methods of turning coal-derived pitch into carbon fiber composite material.
Combining Utah’s vast coal resources with advanced research and state-of-the-art manufacturing is expected to create groundbreaking products from coal — including carbon fiber for vehicles and airplanes, carbon-based building materials, medical technology devices and more.
In addition to the work being conducted in Utah, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Manufacturing High-value Carbon Products from Domestic Coal Initiative supports development of innovative ideas for creating commercially-viable technologies where domestic coal is an essential material.
Along with the many products that already use some coal-based components — including aspirin, soap, dyes, solvents, plastics and synthetic fibers — high-tech products that make use of coals properties while reducing costs and energy consumption could make a significant difference in Utah.