Is Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) Actually Associated With Graphene?

Tesla Motors Graphene BatteryI have noticed that every few months there are new articles that mention “Tesla Motors” and “Graphene.” And yet by the end of these articles I am still confused as to what stake Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) truly has in the graphene industry…or rather what stake graphene currently has in Tesla’s success. Maybe I am not good at reading comprehension. But I also suspect that many of these articles are simply trying to grab our attention, especially those written by biased (not independent) graphene websites. All I knew is that Tesla might be using graphene (graphite?) in a battery, but I did not know a whole lot more.

In this article I describe what meaningful association (if any) that I found between Tesla Motors and graphene. Is Tesla Motors even a graphene stock? First I searched for mentions of graphene directly from Tesla Motors Inc. via press releases, technical documentation, patent filings, blog posts and financial reports. I was unable to find any

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An Analysis of The List of Graphene Companies by Sector, Country and Public vs. Private

I recently read an article from investorintel.com which extrapolated data on global graphene manufacturing by country and manufacturing type. The data showed that the majority of graphene companies were based out of the United States with China in second.

Additionally their research showed that of the 76 graphene companies in their sample, 72% employed top down graphene production. Top down production is manufacturing graphene by means of graphite exfoliation. The leading alternative is the CVD or chemical vapor method which entails growing graphene on a layer of copper or silicon dioxide substrate.  Their research methodology is not completely known as sources of data were not provided.

This got me wondering, what does investingraphene.com’s List of Graphene Companies show? The list currently contains 152 companies. Here are the results:

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Versarien (LON:VRS) Granted North American Patent for High Quality Graphene Production Process

logoVersarien (LON:VRS) a proprietary tech company has announced that it has been granted US patent protection (No. 14/002399 (2014/0044968) for its very own graphene production process. That patent is in partnership with the University of Ulster. This is in addition to its existing patent protection for the volume graphene platelet production process that is held in Europe.  The acquisition of the North American patent is in line with Versarien’s opinion on North America becoming a key graphene marketplace.

The company reports that that their proprietary method of graphene production, has multiple advantages over the standard graphene production methods. Versarien claims that their method could help them to attain the sought after graphene goal, to allow accelerated commercialization of products containing graphene.

“We are delighted to have secured a patent in the largest of the global markets which will allow us to accelerate the development of commercial applications for graphene and graphene products,” said chief executive Neill Ricketts.

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Graphene 3D Lab (V.GGG) to Acquire Graphene Laboratories Inc.

graphene 3d labGraphene 3D Lab (V.GGG) will be acquiring all shares of their ex-parent graphene company Graphene Laboratories. Graphene 3D was incorporated in 2013 as a spin-off company geared towards the development of graphene to be used in a wide range of manufacturing processes and products. As with any new startup company, there were major risks. At the time of their inception, Graphene 3D did not actually have any functional products, only concepts. However in just a year, the company had already developed a 3D printed battery and a graphene filament designed for 3D printing. The company was able to raise funds through investors and take the company public, eventually resulting in a valuation of over $40 million.

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List of Australian Graphene Producers and What to Avoid

You are probably already aware that graphene production is highly expensive. The future of graphene and all of its applications hinges on commercialization which centres on mass production. The graphene company that is able to make large amounts of graphene in an economically viable way will win the contest.

Every week it seems there are major developments and announcements about new proprietary production methods. But there may be some marketing trickery, and deliberate vagueness when it comes to these “breakthroughs.”

If you are interested in investing in graphene, more specifically investing in graphene stocks involved in production, then it is imperative that you pay attention to the significance of the company’s claims.

Do not fall victim to extravagant claims. Claims by graphene companies are not necessarily regulated as in the case of pharmaceuticals for example. There seems to be no standard list of attributes the industry goes by, especially with regards to the stability and quality of the graphene.

Here is a list of some graphene producing companies that are listed on the Australian stock exchange (ASX). Visit the Ultimate Graphene Company List for over 150 graphene stocks and graphene companies.

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