1.2 tonnes carbon fibre recycled

Recycled carbon fibre has been used for Britannia's cradle Recycled carbon fibre has been used for Britannia's cradle
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ELG Carbon Fibre has recycled more than 1.2 tonnes of waste from British America’s Cup challenger INEOS Team UK.

The waste comprised of pre-impregnated and cured parts from the current campaign which ELG has reprocessed into thermoset and thermoplastic compounds and non-woven mats.

The mats have been used to produce two cradles for the race boat Britannia and moulds for the hull regions of the team’s test boats have also been manufactured using the same technology.

“ELG’s technology was ideal for the cradle’s application,” said Alan Boot, naval architect at INEOS Team UK.

Stunning results

“As an America’s Cup team, we hope to lead the way showing other manufacturers you can avoid putting materials in landfill, close the loop and reuse the fibres with stunning results. This is a game changing approach to marine manufacturing that we are delighted to be part of.”

Britannia was officially launched last month at the INEOS Team UK’s headquarters in Portsmouth. The 75ft foiling monohull represents a new type of race boat that requires a stable cradle to support the boat in transit. 

The cradle was manufactured using vacuum infusion, although ELG materials can also be used in prepreg and liquid compression moulding processes.

ELG’s products were also incorporated into the hull mould, which again was made using a vacuum infusion process.

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