Wind energy is one of the most promising alternative energy sources in the world. In the U.S. alone, 41 states have operational wind power facilities producing the equivalent of enough power for 25,000,000 homes a year. Analysts expect the global wind turbine rotor blades market to grow well over 20% over the next five years.
The technical textiles industry is undergoing massive change. Not only are textiles themselves being entirely rethought, the process of producing said materials is being overhauled. A focus on sustainable alternatives to traditional textile production dominates the industry conversation.
High-tech fibers are being touted as the “next big thing” everywhere from the garment industry to automotive production. But can technical textiles actually help save the planet?
There are an increasing number of textile applications in play designed specifically to protect and restore the environment. It’s an exciting time to be in the industry; positive changes are afoot. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which tech fibers are improving the natural environment one thread at a time.
The textile industry has long been one of the greatest greenhouse gas producers on the planet. Textile production has the fifth-largest carbon footprint of any industry in the U.S. and in developing nations, the impact is even more substantial. However, new tech textiles are working hard to make the industry more sustainable.
How can better textiles reduce carbon emissions?
It’s no coincidence that glass fiber has earned a reputation for energy efficiency. From fiberglass windows to reinforced glass fiber vehicles, these materials and their composites possesses some important energy-saving characteristics.
Sustainable energy, otherwise known as renewable energy, will comprise at least 26% of all global energy usage by 2020. Alternative energy sources such as wind turbines, solar, and geothermal are the way of the future, according to experts, and glass textiles will play a large role in their growth.
B&W Fiberglass is a custom glass textile producer working with some of the brightest brands in sustainable energy. How will textile technology help decrease our reliance on traditional energy sources?
Topics: Sustainable Energy