Is renewable electricity the new feedstcok for carbon fibre? | Interview with Vattenfall

Ahead of his presentation at this year's GOCarbonFibre, we spoke to Mikael Nordlander, Head of Industry Decarbonisation R&D Portfolio at Vattenfall AB, about how renewable electricity could be the new carbon fibre feedstock, why he'll be attending the conference and more.

Q1. Why did you consider it important to attend GOCarbonFibre?

At Vattenfall, we acknowledge the transition challenges various industries are facing in becoming fossil free. The chemical industry in general and carbon based materials such as carbon fibre in particular is very interesting for us since it is both an energy intensive process and possibly a future carbon sink.

Q2. What do you expect to learn from your colleagues at this event?

I’m very curious to learn more about the value chain for carbon fibre, the market outlook, the technical development trends and how the industry aims to fulfil the customers’ demand for sustainable products.

Q3. Why do you think electricity is relevant for the carbon fibre industry?

As renewable electricity costs fall sharply, we think we are facing a disruptive shift in feedstock where we go away from petroleum feedstock and instead take the carbon from CO2 and “charge it” with electricity-based hydrogen to form platform chemicals such as methanol. In that way, you can convert CO2 into high-value chemicals and materials using renewable electricity. Thus, carbon fibre could completely shift from being a CO2-emitting process to become CO2-negative. Or, expressed in another way, yesterday’s emissions could be used to build tomorrow’s cars. 

Q4. How is Vattenfall AB is able to support the carbon fibre industry?

Vattenfall has a long history of cooperation with industry. Currently, we are engaged in several partnership projects developing disruptive, fossil free processes in order to eliminate industrial CO2 emissions. For example, we work with the Swedish steel industry in the HYBRIT project to develop a new process for steel where coke/coal is replaced by hydrogen. Similarly, we’d be happy to explore opportunities to find new routes for carbon fibre. And we don’t lack ideas…

Mikael will be presenting as part of the 'Future trends and investments' session on Day 2 of GOCarbonFibre. The session will also feature a panel discussion on 'The trends for growth in the carbon fibre and composites market', with panellists including Cygnet Texkimp, CarbConsult, Unamex Group and Lux Research.

Representatives from Fraunhofer, Anguil, DITF, CSIRO, Roth Composites, Uvicom, Izumi International, Invest in Iceland, TRESU Group, Sahn Winder and more have already confirmed their attendance, so we really hope you'll be able to join us.

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