Carbon fiber and graphite reinforced polymers are materials that have, and will continue to revolutionize the products we use every day by making them stronger, lighter and more durable. However, the manufacturing process can have serious environmental ramifications and immediate danger to human health if careful consideration is not given to emission control at the production phase of these materials.
In conjunction with Harper International, Anguil Environmental announced the launch of Beacon™, a ground-breaking new program offering Carbon Fiber manufacturers the ability to evaluate the carbon footprint of their manufacturing process and identify opportunities for improvement.
With its extensive experience in the industry since the market’s inception, Harper has developed a model that analyzes various plant configurations and capacities, precursors, integration scenarios and energy recovery options and ranks the environmental impact of the process line. This endeavor establishes a baseline and a facility-specific metric that can be used to develop improvement plans to drive greater energy recovery and lower operating costs.
Anguil is excited to announce our participation in the Beacon as it pertains to the destruction of Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), Ammonia (NH3), Silicone and Nitrous Oxide (NOX) emissions often produced in the ovens and furnaces of carbon fiber and composite plants. We design, manufacture, service and install energy-efficient oxidizer systems designed specifically for the air toxins that are often produced in the ovens and furnaces of carbon fiber manufacturers. Our company is intimately familiar with the capture, control and compliance hurdles that the processing plants face.
“The Carbon Fiber industry is at a critical maturity point where we must focus on achieving greatest output cost effectively with environmental responsibility in order to secure adoption in future market applications such as in automotive,” commented Robert Blackmon, VP of Integrated Systems at Harper.
The Beacon program is the only offering that comprehensively examines energy utilization in detail and develops solutions for improvement. We expect many to be inspired by this innovation, however Harper is clearly leading the way.”
A new website, harperbeacon.com , also launched as a part of the program. On this site, users can experience the concept of Beacon with a preview survey that evaluates the carbon footprint in a short example model. The complete Beacon model is a complex analysis of over a hundred design parameters. This work expands upon Harper’s previous cost modeling providing insight into the impact of energy efficiency as a part of the overall cost of operations.