Vying for its place in a field of very strong candidates is this video on the supercapicitor properties of graphene. Hoping to win the first prize of $100,000, Brian Golden Davis’ video is up against a number of other astonishing films from the world of science. 

The graphene short focuses on the work coming out of UCLA, where a chance experiment with a piece of graphene led to the discovery of graphene’s revolutionary supercapicitor properties.

Ric Kaner, the scientist featured in the film, explains how, with further development, the graphene supercapacitor could lead to ultra fast charging of car batteries. Furthermore, unlike the nickel cadmium batteries of old, because graphene is carbon based the technology can be discarded on the compost heap when it has ceased to function.

Clearly a scientific discovery such as this is likely to transform the battery industry and, as you would expect, many companies are already exploring the potential of the material. Some of these have been discussed in previous posts but, as it’s the start of a new year, and as you’re all hoping for some new investment ideas, I’ve decided to reinvestigate these companies with the hope of digging up some news.

For now though, and just to whet your appetite, here’s the video from the Focus Forward Filmmaking Competition. If you would like to cast a vote in favour of the film, or would like to check out the other candidates, you can do so here.