Renewable energy and energy storage is dependent upon carbon fiber technology for its strength, thermal properties, conductivity and more.
Onshore and offshore wind power is becoming a larger part of our energy mix. Yet greater volumes of wind power means increased demands on the components that create it. This is where carbon fiber comes in, enabling larger blades and a higher output capacity for each unit. It also forms parts of the flywheel in composite rotors, which are able to store more energy than aluminium or steel rotors.
Carbon fiber is also integral in that other form of energy we reap from the sky: the sun. Solar panel frames and supporting plates can be made from carbon fiber materials.
Toho Tenax carbon fiber will continue to play a leading role in the energy of the future, finding uses in fuel cells, batteries, panels, flywheels and rotors, and we look forward to the innovations this will bring.
Carbon fibers are used also for CNG tanks for natural gas cars and trucks which are becoming more and more popular, as well as for hydrogen tanks installed on fuel battery cars which are regarded as the environment friendly favorite for the future.
The technology to produce light weight, high pressure compressed gas tanks with aluminum or plastic liners reinforced by carbon fibers winding is becoming popular now, and you can see natural gas cars reinforced by Carbon Fiber in your towns.
But also big tanks for the transport of CNG are produced by filament winding of carbon fiber.