Graphene Could Be Used to Increase Performance in Next Generation Fuel- Efficient Cars

Scientists at the University of Manchester (where graphene was first synthesized in 2004) have published new research which indicates that graphene may enable the production of cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars. According to the researchers, heat generated by graphene can be converted into electricity. This could be applied throughout the automotive industry which is always seeking to improve performance and fuel efficiency. Tesla Motors could be an example of a company which may employs the use of graphene in its cars in the form of graphene batteries.

Heat that is generated by a car’s engine is usually wasted energy. New hybrid cars could instead utilize this heat to re-charge batteries and power auxiliary functions such as the air conditioning system. Graphene is perfect for this purpose as it is a thermoelectric material. This means that graphene can convert heat to electricity.  Graphene exceeds in performance compared to conventional thermoelectric materials which can face challenges such as the ability to dissipate heat and electrical conduction efficiency.

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Graphene Lighting PLC to List on Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada

Graphene Lighting PLC is aiming to become a world leader in the commercialization of graphene based light bulbs and illumination systems. The graphene bulb can be compared to the popular Light Emitting Diode (LED) which has taken the world by storm due to its low operating costs and brightness. A thin graphene coating further improves upon the strengths of the standard LED bulb. Specific benefits of graphene bulbs include longevity, minimal weight, low heat emitting, and aesthetics.

In its bid to further this technology, Graphene Lighting PLC is aiming to be listed on the Toronto stock exchange in Canada.  In order to accomplish this the British company has signed a letter of intent to participate in a reverse takeover with a Canadian capital corporation called Oriana Resources Corp.  (TSX: V.OUP.H). The reverse takeover entails a stock share exchange, resulting in Graphene Lighting becoming a subsidiary of Oriana Resources.

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A Better, Faster, and Safer Graphene Production Method

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) along with the University Of Western Australia (UWA), has developed a new method of producing graphene. This production process may further enhance graphene’s viability for energy storage.

Compared to current manufacturing processes, this new production method has been described as being able to synthesize higher quality graphene in a much faster time frame. Even more astounding is the claim that this method is scalable to a commercial level.

One of the benefits of this new production technology is there is a decreased need for the use of toxic chemicals in the production process.

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10 Things You Should Know About Graphene

One important step any investor should take is to understand the product, service and industry of the company(s) you want to invest in. This may seem obvious, but you might be surprised at how many people get caught up in the financial “hard numbers” rather than taking in the nuances of the organizations environment.

If you want to buy stocks in an automotive company, you would want to stay on top of consumer trends, competition, emerging technology etc. In the case of graphene, this maybe a little more difficult as there is a lot of hard science and technical jargon to read and understand, not to mention the fast pace at which new developments emerge.

This list of 10 things you should know about graphene will give your graphene knowledge a little bump, or maybe just a refresh:

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3D White Graphene Will Cool Electronics Better

White Graphene Electronics CoolingTwo Rice University researchers, Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Navid Sakhavand have submitted initial theoretical data on how 3D boron nitride (white graphene) can be utilized to regulate heat flow in small electronics.

The ultimate goal of their research is to improve cooling and airflow of heat in smaller electronic devises.

Shahsavari states, “Typically in all electronics, it is highly desired to get heat out of the system as quickly and efficiently as possible,” he further elaborated on why an improvement on current and old cooling methods is required, “when you have layered materials on a substrate … heat moves very quickly in one direction, along a conductive plane, but not so good from layer to layer.” 

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