Sandia Wind Department technical staff members Josh Paquette and Brian Naughton attended the inaugural members meeting for the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Knoxville, Tennessee. A few hundred attendees from the composites industry, academic institutions, and government agencies gathered to learn about opportunities to participate in the newest National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institute, a $259M project to develop East Tennessee into an advanced manufacturing hub, established through the Revitalize American Manufacturing Act.
The program began with a signing ceremony between the DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson, IACMI CEO Craig Blue, and University of Tennessee Executive Vice President David Millhorn. Following, were a series of presentations on the organizational structure and goals of the IACMI. The focus of the public-private partnership will be on accelerating the use of composite materials, especially in transportation and energy applications, spurring the growth of high-paying jobs in East Tennessee and nationally.
The five-year IACMI technical goals include
- a 25% lower carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) cost,
- a 50% reduction in CFRP embodied energy, and
- an 80% composite recyclability into useful products.
These goals will be achieved through the integrated R&D work conducted in five technology areas: wind turbines; vehicles; compressed-gas storage; design, modeling, & simulation; and composite materials & process. Each technology area is headed by a director that will help coordinate research within and between technology areas to ensure the work meets the overall institute goals.
Sandia looks forward to bringing their 25+ years of experience in wind-turbine composites and manufacturing to the institute to work with previous and new industry and academic partners to realize the Institute’s goals and enhance the competitiveness of US composites manufacturing.