Boeing's Composite Byproducts May Have a Role in Cleaning Stormwater

High-tech aircraft material has down-to-earth environmental benefits
Feb 24, 2016 4:25 PM ET

The same light-weight carbon fiber that is boosting the efficiency of Boeing aircraft may also help clean the groundwater back on earth.

Boeing, Washington State University (WSU) and the Washington Stormwater Center are collaborating to research the use of recycled carbon fiber composites to strengthen permeable pavement, a porous paving material that can mitigate pollution from stormwater runoff.

Boeing is supporting the research with a $212,000 grant to the Stormwater Center and donating carbon fiber composite material from aircraft production operations. The grant will support research programs at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and on the Pullman campus.