OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Tour de France hero Greg LeMond is involved with a new company that is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to offer low-cost carbon fiber to several industries, including the transportation and renewable energy markets.
In a press release announcing the new company, the use of carbon fiber in bicycle frames was not mentioned. A new website at lemond.cc gives little information about Greg LeMond’s involvement and representatives were not immediately available to comment.
LeMond Composites has reached a licensing agreement with U.S. Department of Energy’s ORNL. The agreement will make the Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer this low-cost carbon to these markets.
“We can provide the advantages of our carbon fiber to many industries by improving strength, stiffness, and weight reduction. If you imagine replacing steel, aluminum, and fiberglass with our carbon fiber, you begin to understand the scope of the potential market,” said Connie Jackson, the CEO of LeMond Composites. “Our process will have global applications and we are ready to move forward with scaling the technology.”
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