Glass fiber: the economics?

This data-file models the economics of producing glass fiber, the key component in fiberglass, which is used in wind turbine blades and the light-weighting of transport; but also an insulation material used in the construction industry.

We have broken down the costs across a dozen different input variables, such as capex, opex, energy and materials, based on technical papers, in order to calculate the economics and CO2 intensity of the material.

Some Chinese-made product can undercut Western-made product by c50% on price, but it will likely also embed about 2x more CO2.

Backup data, market sizing and notes from technical papers follow in the subsequent tabs of the Excel.