Carbon Fiber Plant Cuts Pollution, Recycles Waste

By Chemical Processing staff

Oct 07, 2013

The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom has opened a new facility dedicated to the reuse of carbon fiber waste.

In conjunction with industry partners, the University of Nottingham has developed a pilot scale carbon fiber recycling plant. The team set out to develop and commercialize recycled fiber that maintains the material strength at a cost-savings to manufacturers using carbon fiber in their products. The result was a light-weight, low-cost material made from recycled carbon fiber that gives users a competitive advantage over virgin carbon fiber, according to the University of Nottingham.

The team at Nottingham knew that an air pollution control device would be necessary to meet the local emission requirements for hydrogen cyanide and ammonia.  They also realized that there was the potential to reuse some of the energy released during the combustion of these carbon fiber processing emissions.  

The team addressed the issue with an air-pollution control system from Anguil Environmental Systems.  Anguil manufactured, installed and recently brought online a 1,500 SCFM (2,548 m3/hr) thermal recuperative oxidizer with dual heat recovery.

The Anguil oxidizer has been achieving over 99% destruction rate efficiency at the Nottingham facility.    

For additional information about Anguil, please visit

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