Global Carbon Fiber Composites Supply Chain Competitiveness Analysis

Samuel Booth, Sujit Das, Josh Warren, Devin West, Susan Schexnayder

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This study identifies key opportunities in the carbon fiber supply chain where the United States Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy resources and investments can help the United States achieve or maintain a competitive advantage. The report focuses on four application areas--wind energy, aerospace, automotive, and pressure vessels--that top the list of industries using carbon fiber and carbon fiber reinforced polymers and are also particularly relevant to EERE's mission. For each of the four application areas, the report addresses the supply and demand trends within that sector, supply chain, and costs of carbon fiber and components, all contributing to a competitiveness assessment that addresses the United States' role in future industry growth. This report was prepared by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages116
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) is operated by the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A50-66071

Other Report Number

  • ORNL/SR-2016/100


  • aerospace
  • auto
  • carbon fiber
  • clean energy
  • industry
  • manufacturing
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • pressure vessels
  • supply chain
  • wind


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