After pedaling his way to three Tour de France titles, cycling legend Greg LeMond is now peddling carbon fiber.
A company founded by LeMond is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop new carbon fiber materials. LeMond Composites was formed to create new solutions for high-volume, low-cost carbon fiber.
The agreement will make his firm the first company to offer new types of carbon fiber to the transportation, renewable energy and infrastructure markets, company officials said in a news release. Both LeMond Composites and ORNL are based in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORNL is part of the U.S. Department of Energy.
“We can provide the advantages of our carbon fiber to many industries by improving strength, stiffness, and weight reduction,” LeMond Composites CEO Connie Jackson said in the release. “Our process will have global applications and we are ready to move forward with scaling the technology.”
The new carbon fiber materials can be blended with plastics in a variety of products, including auto parts and turbine blades. Company officials said the new materials can reduce production costs by 50 percent and reduce energy consumed during production by as much as 60 percent.