Harper has developed a model that analyses various plant configurations and capacities, precursors, integration scenarios and energy recovery options and ranks the environmental impact of the process line. This can be used to develop improvement plans to drive greater energy recovery and lower operating costs.

“The carbon fibre industry is at a critical maturity point where we must focus on achieving greatest output cost effectively with environmental responsibility in order to secure adoption in future market applications such as in automotive,” notes Robert Blackmon, VP of Integrated Systems at Harper.

“As the industry grows, it will undoubtedly be necessary to more attentively consider environmental impact. The Beacon program is the only offering that comprehensively examines energy utilisation in detail and develops solutions for improvement.”

A new website, harperbeacon.com, also launched as a part of the program. On this site, users can experience the concept of Beacon with a preview survey that evaluates the carbon footprint in a short example model.

Harper International, USA, specialises in thermal processing solutions, as well as technical services for the production of advanced materials.