CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SCRA today announced that they have awarded Oracle Team USA an ReXC award. Together with MIT-RCF, SCRA recognized Oracle Team USA for their intelligent design and commercial integration of reclaimed carbon fiber from composites. The award is designed to honor the leaders in innovative reuse of recycled carbon-fiber composite materials.
Oracle Team USA recycled two of their racing yachts, recovering carbon from the boats and repurposing that recycled material into a mold for the next-generation watercraft. The carbon was recovered using a closed loop process in a geothermal plant and was then shipped to Team Oracle USA’s supplier, Core Composites, for repurposing. The reclaimed material is more economically efficient and is becoming a standardized raw material used to make the molds for composites. The unused recycled carbon fiber was sent to MIT-RCF, which is based in Lake City, S.C.
“We hope that in the very near future we will see many more carbon fiber consuming organizations reuse or reclaim their excess and scrap carbon,” said Ambrose Schwallie, Executive Vice President of SCRA. “We are delighted to recognize Oracle Team USA for achieving that milestone and congratulate them on their innovative reuse of carbon-fiber advanced materials.”
Mark Housley, MIT-RCF Executive Vice President and SC Launch Zone Manager stated, “We look forward to continued partnerships with companies leading the way in sustainable composite technology. Collaborating with leading aerospace companies, carbon fiber producers and the Department of Energy, SCRA has helped accelerate the process of carbon composites recycling and hope to continue to get these recycled products into the commercial marketplace.”
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector has helped over 290 early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $2.8 billion in contract value, and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced, high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA's cumulative output into South Carolina's economy to be over $16.6 billion.
MIT-RCF, a Materials Innovation Technologies company, specializes in reclaiming, re-engineering and repurposing carbon fiber composites. At MIT-RCF, we are revolutionizing the use of reclaimed carbon fiber materials in the manufacture of complex-geometry composite parts for a diverse range of applications and are leading the way in sustainable composite technology.