Plant-based Carbon Fiber Currently Undergoing Research

By Chad Kirchner Researchers may soon be able to produce a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly carbon fiber based on plants.
Currently, carbon fiber is made from petroleum products. It is high strength and lightweight, and used in high-performance cars to help reduce weight and improve handling. Its value is known with more expected to be incorporated in cars, and other vehicles, but, there are issues with it as well.
For one, the petroleum aspect of the manufacturing process makes carbon fiber expensive. While it is now common to find the material in supercars, it’s less-common in everyday vehicles. The BMW i3 makes

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