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JEC Europe 2012 - Harper International announces Beacon™, a program for carbon fiber manufacturers to evaluate the carbon footprint of their production facility, whether existing or planned.
Harper's model considers various line sizes, precursors, integration scenarios, energy recovery options, and more, in order to document and demonstrate what the true environmental impact of the production line is, as well as identify opportunities for improvement. It is a fundamental shift away from strictly evaluating plants on cost of production alone towards total consumer impact.
In order for carbon fiber to truly reach its potential for adoption in automotive and other broader industries outside of aerospace, the industry must demonstrate its understanding of environmental impact and proactively address concerns. To date, the evolution of the carbon fiber conversion process has largely been driven by efforts to maximize scale of operation while minimizing the cost of production. These drivers have resulted in development of process equipment that is capable of greater output at lower operating costs.
Looking towards the future, the carbon fiber conversion process will be increasingly scrutinized as a source of environmental impact. Harper’s Beacon program is structured to be a guiding tool for the carbon fiber composite industry as it moves towards greater output balanced with minimizing the environmental impact.
More informaton: www.harperintl.com