Carbon-Capturing Lightweight Hybrid Composites
A Material for Structural Components Used in Land- Air- and Water-Based Vehicles
Carbon-Capturing Lightweight Hybrid Composites Vehicles are a major source of carbon emissions. In 2012, according to the U.S. EPA, U.S. passenger automobiles alone accounted for nearly 800 million tons of CO2 emissions equivalents, which was 12% of total U.S. emissions for that year. This carbon-sequestering lightweight hybrid composite material for structural components used in land- air- and water-based vehicles, will allow for a dramatic reduction in the carbon footprint associated with automobiles, shipping vehicles, and aircraft.
Lab-scale samples of the carbon-capturing hybrid composite from proof-of-concept experiments.
Vehicle parts manufactured from this composite would effectively increase the sustainability of the shipping and logistics industry.
The material is composed of a sustainable organic polymer and an inexpensive mineral. The composite can be formed with a multitude of high-volume fabrication methods, including pressing, casting, and injection molding. The composite is cured using CO2 as a reactant at temperatures below 120 ĚŠC. To learn more about this and other innovative solutions Go to OceanExchange(dot)Org