Composite Recycling Technology Center SignsMemorandum of Understanding with Toray Composites (America), Inc.
Collaboration on Carbon Fiber Recycling will help advance composite industry
For Immediate Release: April 22, 2016
Port Angeles, WA— Friday, April 22, 2016 --The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Toray Composites (America), Inc. to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling efforts.
“As the value of carbon fiber composites continues to transform transportation systems through light-weighting and increased efficiency, we have a responsibility to continually look at the full lifecycle of our products,” said Timothy Kirk, Vice President – Sales and Marketing at Toray Composites America (TCA). “We foresee future developments, new technologies and new markets with recycling; and we see great alignment with the CRTC’s mission and the broader needs of the carbon fiber materials lifecycle.”
TCA’s primary role will be to provide the supply of scrap carbon fiber materials from TCA to CRTC. Additionally, TCA and the CRTC will work together to enable technical and market developments for recycled products.
“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for the CRTC,” said Robert Larsen, CRTC’s CEO. “It ensures a consistent supply of carbon fiber scrap for our recycling efforts that will create beneficial uses for this previously landfilled material that we will turn into new and innovative product applications. Our recycling efforts will create dozens of living wage jobs and reap additional economic, energy, and environmental benefits.”
Founded in Washington State’s Frederickson Industrial Area in 1992, Toray Composites (America), Inc is a leading innovator and supplier of carbon fiber materials. TCA is a solution provider for high-demand aerospace, industrial and recreational customers. Their catalog of industry-leading products is used across sectors and consistently provides value-added materials technology unmatched in the industry. As a leading developer of new composite materials, TCA also incorporates as stand-alone Composite Materials Research Laboratory – focused on new materials and process development through fundamental research and customer collaboration.
Founded in September 2015, the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) is an innovative non-profit company whose mission is to lead and grow a composite recycling industry that diverts carbon fiber scrap that is destined for landfill, and turns it into value-added products. Since carbon fiber is stronger than steel with 75% less weight, the product applications in segments like transportation, aerospace and high performance sporting goods are boundless. The CRTC will accomplish its mission through direct product manufacturing, by providing technical design services, and by making low-cost recycled carbon fiber feedstock available for other manufacturers to utilize.
The CRTC’s start-up has been made possible by the Port of Port Angeles that pioneered the concept of composite recycling in Clallam County. The Port obtained grant support from Clallam County, Washington State's Clean Energy Fund, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to complete CRTC’s facility. It is scheduled to open in August of 2016. Other significant CRTC partners include Peninsula College, whose composite workforce training program will be co-located with the CRTC, Washington State University, and other research and industry partners throughout the U.S. and internationally.
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The newly-launched Composites Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) was introduced to the international composites community at the 2016 JEC World Composites Show and Conference that took place outside Paris, France on March 8 – 10. This annual event is the largest gathering of companies involved in the composite industry in the world with more than 30,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors. It provides the best opportunity to make crucial industry connections and learn about new industry developments.
A Port Angeles delegation was included in the Washington State Department of Commerce booth. Participants included Jennifer States from the Port of Port Angeles, Bob Larsen and Geoffrey Wood of the CRTC, and Jill teVelde of Peninsula College.
The Port has had a presence at this world-wide conference in recent years to promote the local composites industry at the Composites Manufacturing Campus at the Airport Industrial Park. The Port Angeles delegation shared a booth organized by the Washington State Department of Commerce (WDC) as co-exhibitors together with other Washington State organizations and companies. This is the most cost-effective way to gain visibility with the international composites industries.
All the key players in the global composite industry were gathered under one roof at the JEC Composites Conference for three days. CRTC and the Port representatives took advantage of this opportunity by having multiple meetings each day. It was an extremely time efficient way to initiate contact, holdmeetings and have discussions with industry leaders and senior decision-makers, composite manufacturers, and suppliers.
From the WDC website: “Washington State is one of the few places in the nation, if not the world, where the entire composites supply chain is represented,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “From our research labs to factory oors and breaking new ground in composite recycling technology, this industry is creating good jobs and economic activity in communities large and small, urban and rural, throughout the state.”
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Jennifer States, the Port’s Director of Business Development, attended the conference to attract new businesses to Clallam County. She developed twosignificant leads with companies who are now considering Port Angeles for their planned facilities: one for aircraft manufacture and another for recycling cured carbon ber. For the latter company, being located near the CRTC is a major attraction. “JEC World provided a great opportunity to once again put Port Angeles on the world stage for composite manufacturing,” said Jennifer. “The Washington State Booth saw a stream of interested companies and organizations look- ing to connect on composite recycling.”
Composites Manufacturing Campus
Construction is underway on a new Port facility for the CRTC and Peninsula College’s Composite Manufacturing program, both located at the Port’s Composite Manufacturing Campus. The facility was made possible by $4 million in infrastructure grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Washington State Clean Energy Fund through WDC, and from Clallam County’s Opportunity Fund.
CRTC is a first-in-the-world company to divert and repurpose carbon- ber pre-preg scrap from the land fill, transforming it into commercially viable products. This generated significant interest with composite industry leaders at JEC because they are pioneering an economically viable way to solve a major problems holding back the growth of the carbon ber industry – its high volume of scrap. Washington State produces more than 2 million pounds ofcarbon ber pre-preg scrap each year, providing an ample supply of this material for reuse. However, up to now, no company has been able to demonstrate a market demand for this material. CRTC statements made important connections with companies and organizations. “We have already executed seven new non-disclosure agreements, signaling significant new business relationships providing substantive benefits,” said Bob Larsen, CRTC’s CEO. “We metwith senior leadership from the world’s largest composites suppliers and users, laying the groundwork for multiple new partnerships and opportunities in the near future.”
The day before JEC opened, CRTC made an invited presentation at the American Composite Manufacturing Association’s Global Recycling Workshop. The presentation was well received by the mix of EU and US attendees, generating considerable interest in CRTC’s progress and potential. The Workshop showed the CRTC was in a world leadership position in recycling carbon ber pre-preg.
Bob Larsen will be making a series of presentations around Clallam County to service clubs, business groups and other public entities to share more information about the CRTC’s progress. Watch local media for times and dates.
Bill Will Save Consumers Money, Eliminate Energy Waste and Invest in New Technologies that Improve Global Competitiveness
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2016
Bryan Watt (Cantwell)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), led the Senate’s passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012) by a vote of 85-12.
More than a year in the making, this comprehensive energy bill will modernize the electric grid, invest in renewable energy and train a new generation of energy workers. The bill’s passage marks the first time since 2007 the Senate has passed a comprehensive energy bill.
“The investments we make today will benefit American taxpayers for generations to come,” Sen. Cantwell said. “This bipartisan bill is an important next step for saving consumers money on energy costs, providing more options to power U.S. homes and businesses, and preparing the next generation of workers for jobs in clean energy.”
The bill may now move to a joint conference committee with the House of Representatives.
Key provisions include:
Over the course of the last year, Ranking Member Cantwell and Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) worked together to compile bills from dozens of Senators (40 in total)—Democrats and Republicans, alike; and held hearings with experts on these proposals. The senators continued to improve the text by considering hundreds of amendments to the underlying bill text and processing more than 60 of those amendments through a series of Senate votes.
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“The Boeing Company is pleased that the Energy Policy Modernization Act includes a provision (Section 3701) that will have the Department of Energy explore additional opportunities to recycle carbon fiber, including the development of a demonstration program. These important activities will strengthen advanced manufacturing in the U.S. by expanding the utilization of composite materials in the economy,” said The Boeing Company.
Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) CEO Bob Larsen expressed strong support for the passage of the Senate Energy Bill.
“With Senator Cantwell’s leadership, the U.S. Senate has passed a comprehensive package of visionary energy legislation that strengthens the nation’s move towards a sustainable energy future,” Mr. Larsen observed. “Of particular importance is Section 3701 for recycled carbon fiber, which will provide critical funding for research and demonstration in support of composite recycling. The CRTC is taking the first steps towards establishing a new industry; this bill is critical to accelerate the rate of growth of this new industry and reap the economic, energy and environmental benefits we see before us.”
The legislation also creates a $20 million a year competitive workforce grant program to provide job training through a community college or registered apprenticeship program to provide students with industry-recognized credentials. The average salary for a utility worker in Washington state is 57% higher than the average salary across all industries in the state.
“With this innovative piece of legislation we are able to intersect blue collar, white collar and green collar mechanisms; by providing the training and resources needed to only further help launch IBEW into the future. With this collaborative effort, we have the opportunity to shape the energy industry, which is the 3rd largest industry in the United States, into one that benefits all working men and women for years and years to come,” said Louis Walter, Business Manager for IBEW Local Union No. 77.
Created by longtime U.S. Senator from Washington state Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the LWCF has helped protect places such as Olympic National Park and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
The bill also establishes a National Park Service Critical Maintenance and Revitalization Conservation Fund to address high-priority deferred maintenance needs of the National Park Service, with a prohibition on the use of funds for land acquisition and permanently reauthorizes the Historic Preservation Fund.
“Today's vote for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a historic step forward for communities across Washington state and across America to conserve our most treasured places. These landscapes are not only places for us to camp, hike, hunt, and fish. They are also major economic drivers for our state and are critical for healthy fire-resistant forests, clean water, and wildlife habitat and are an important part of our state’s identity,” said Hannah Clark Executive Director of the Washington Association of Land Trusts.
“Investments in our public lands through the Land and Water Conservation Fund touch the lives of the 142 million Americans who recreate outside each year," said Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Executive Director, Amy Roberts. "The outdoor industry contributes more than $646 billion in consumer spending annually and depends on our public lands and waters for vital recreation infrastructure. OIA and our 1,300 members deeply appreciate Senators Murkowski and Cantwell for their commitment to make America’s premier recreation and conservation program permanent, so every future generation will continue to enjoy the benefits of time spent outside.”
Robert P. Larsen is appointed CEO. Mr. Larsen is the President of OboTech LLC and is an expert on renewable fuels, advanced technologies for transportation, collegiate and secondary school vehicle competitions, and the development and promotion of Green Racing. He has been involved with Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies office for over 30 years through his long and distinguished career at Argonne National Laboratory as the leader of the Vehicle Systems Section and later director of the Center for Transportation Research. Among his other accomplishments he served as the technical and race director of the Progressive Automotive X-PRIZE and participated in several small start-up technology firms. He has served on the Board of Directors for SAE International, is the winner of a national Technology Transfer award as well as the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions from Argonne and other technical organizations.
Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Colleen McAleer said she is pleased about Mr. Larsen’s appointment as CEO. “I am delighted to learn of Bob Larsen’s appointment as CEO of the Composite Recycling Technology Center,” Ms. McAleer said. “His leadership has been instrumental in forming the company and guiding it to this new level of maturity. The expansion of the Board and Bob’s selection as CEO points to the rapid evolution of the company from a concept to a reality, and the business acumen of these individuals will help to guide the CRTC in its operational success. We are excited by the prospect of the CRTC opening its doors in just a few months, and are delighted that the process of hiring employees has already begun. By pioneering a new industry right here in Port Angeles, the CRTC will be an important engine of economic development for our region. I have no doubt that Bob is the right person to lead CRTC to a bright future.”
Starting next week, Mr. Larsen will be providing a series of talks to organizations around Clallam County describing the status and plans for the company’s start-up. CRTC is on track for starting production in October and achieving profitability in the second quarter of 2017. It is poised to become a major engine of economic growth and creation of family-wage jobs in our region. Its world-leading approach to recycling carbon fiber pre-preg has almost unlimited growth potential and has garnered interest and support from around the globe.
David L. Walter is appointed President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Walter comes to the CRTC with an extensive background in sales, marketing, operations, global business management and development based on a distinguished 34-year career with the DuPont Company. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who is highly adept in innovation, team building, problem solving, and strategic planning. He is a Partner in the Kingsway Consulting Group and is a much sought after speaker on sustainability, having led the effort to take DuPont’s Building Innovations global business from 81 million pounds of landfill in 2008 to zero pounds by the end of 2011.
David Walter was recommended to the CRTC Board of Directors by the City of Port Angeles after an open search process. Port Angeles mayor Patrick Downie participated in the interview of candidates and expressed his excitement about this appointment.
"The progress and continuing development of the CRTC is a direct result of the collaborative efforts of the Port of Port Angeles, Peninsula College, and the City of Port Angeles. We are working together with a shared vision to reach a common goal. I am delighted to that David will be joining the CRTC Board of Directors. He brings to this project a wonderful and highly successful professional background. I am very impressed with his leadership skills and capacity for innovation and creativity."
Ray A, Grove is appointed to the Board of Directors and chairmanship of the Technical Advisory Board that will provide the CRTC with access to outside technical expertise and the most current information on research and developments in the composite industry. He brings extensive expertise in carbon fiber manufacturing, utilization and recycling, having been involved in composites and carbon fiber materials development and applications during his 35-year distinguished career with Boeing. He was on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development team for the majority of his career, leading R&D activities to develop and implement materials technologies to all BCA product models. Before retiring from Boeing, Ray led the carbon fiber recycling activities for 3 years for the company.
Founded in September 2015, the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) is an innovative non-profit company whose mission is to lead and grow a composite recycling industry that fully diverts carbon fiber scrap that is destined for landfill, and turns it into value-added products. Since carbon fiber is stronger than steel with significantly lower weight (up to 75% less) the product applications in segments like transportation, clean tech and high performance sporting goods are boundless. The CRTC will accomplish its mission through direct product manufacturing, by providing technical design services, and by making low-cost recycled carbon fiber feedstock available for other manufacturers to utilize.
The CRTC’s start-up has been made possible by the Port of Port Angeles, which pioneered the concept of composite recycling in Clallam County and obtained grant support from Clallam County, Washington State's Clean Energy Fund, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to complete CRTC’s facility, which is scheduled to open in August of 2016. Other significant CRTC partners include Peninsula College, whose composite workforce training program will be co-located with the CRTC, Washington State University, and other research and industry partners throughout the U.S. and internationally.
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Washington Industries Highlighted At Committee Hearing On Advanced Manufacturing
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Of The Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Highlighted Advanced Manufacturing Work In The State Of Washington, Demonstrating How The Nation Can Lead Worldwide In Advanced Manufacturing.
“The Success Of Our Manufacturing Sector Is Vital To Growing Our Economy,” Sen. Cantwell Said. “New Technology Can Improve Efficiency, Reduce Emissions And Increase U.S. Competitiveness.”
Another Example Of Advanced Manufacturing In Action Is The Port Of Port Angeles, Which Has Been Working On New Methods To Recycle Scraps Of Carbon Fiber Waste From The Manufacturing Process Into New Composites. These Advanced Carbon Fiber Composites Are Used In The Aerospace, Automotive And Energy Sectors.
Recycling Carbon Fiber Reuses Scrap Destined For A Landfill And Provides Significant Energy Savings; In Fact, Manufacturing Recycled Carbon Fiber Uses Only One-Tenth Of The Energy Needed To Manufacture New Carbon Fiber. This Emerging Market Is Why The Port Of Port Angeles Is Retooling Their Facilities And Their Workforce.
This Process Is Just One Example Of How Advanced Manufacturing Is Transforming Certain Sectors. The Aerospace Industry Has Long Been A Leader In Developing New Technologies, Such As Composite Materials, To Make Aircraft Lighter And More Fuel Efficient....
...Recycling Carbon Fiber Reuses Leftover, Scrap Materials From The Manufacturing Process. All Of This Really Can Help Us In The Manufacturing Process. While We’ve Come A Long Way On Carbon Fiber, Now We Need To Figure Out The Recycling.
“Recycling Carbon Fiber Saves Energy In The Manufacturing Process. Recycled Carbon Fiber Composites Use Only One-Tenth Of The Energy Compared To Manufacturing New Carbon Fiber Composites. It Holds Great Potential.
“In Washington State Alone, Two Million Pounds Of Carbon Fiber Scraps Are Being Sent To Landfills Each Year. If This Can Be Recycled, It Has A Potential Market Value Of $50 Million....
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