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Aerospace industries become greener with composites

These days, aerospace industries are striving to lessen their carbon footprint. Whether this is due to environmental awareness or for better performance and less reliance on limited resources, going green in aerospace manufacturing is becoming more common each year.

Aerospace industries are going green in many different ways. Here’s a look at a few of the ways this is being done.

Boom Supersonic develops Overture

This year, Boom Supersonic secured a $100 million investment to help develop Overture, it’s latest Mach-2.2 airliner. The Overture is designed with green goals in mind to reduce the impacts of the aerospace industry on the environment.

Making the Overture a green aircraft includes using greener fuels, advanced aerodynamic engineering design and advanced composite materials.

Composite materials are a green option because they have a gentle impact on the environment during production. Also, composites are more lightweight, which increases the fuel efficiency of the aircraft.

Boeing and ELG Carbon Fiber find purpose in repurposing

Recycling cured carbon fiber is a relatively new process, so it’s not as common as it should be. Boeing is looking to change that. In an effort to go greener, Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre have partnered up to repurpose excess aerospace composite material.

These repurposed materials will be used for producing composites in products like car parts or laptop cases. They are recovered through a purification process that vaporizes the resin in the cured carbon fibers, leaving behind a clean, workable material that can be used in many industries.

As a result of this partnership, Boeing and ELG have saved more than 380,000 pounds of carbon fiber in 18 months. Boeing’s goal is to repurpose the majority of its excess composite material to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills by 20 percent by 2025.

This move is expected to be followed by other major aerospace companies and other industries as part of the effort to reduce human impact on the environment.

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