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July 02, 2013 | Tom Ballard

ORNL invites proposals for “market development quantities” of low-cost carbon fiber

For manufacturers interested in working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on its low-cost carbon fiber research, last week’s posting on FedBizOps had to be a significant milestone.

The lab posted the following announcement as Solicitation Number: ORNL-MDF-2013-1:

“Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is making available market development quantities of low-cost carbon fiber for use in developing new products and markets for polymer matrix composites. Companies interested in using such materials are invited to submit proposals as described in this announcement.”

The announcement noted that “ORNL is requesting proposals from industry to develop new products and markets for low-cost carbon fiber composites for transportation, energy production, infrastructure and other industrial uses. Proposals for projects with near-term commercial applications will have the highest likelihood of acceptance.  Funds will not be provided to the industrial participant by ORNL.

The complete FedBizOps announcement is available here (FedBizOps_CFTF_final).

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