With the internet rumour mill talking about the possibility of Grafoid being floated on the TSX, it is perhaps time to break my silence by publishing the latest news to come from the Director of Focus Graphite and Grafoid.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 16, 2013) – Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) on behalf of Grafoid Inc. (“Grafoid”) is pleased to announce the signing of a two-year R&D agreement between Grafoid Inc. and the University of Waterloo to investigate and develop a graphene-based composite for electrochemical energy storage for the automotive and/or portable electronics sectors
Gary Economo, President and CEO of Focus Graphite Inc. and Grafoid Inc., said the objective of the agreement is to research and develop patentable applications using Grafoid’s unique investment which derives graphene from raw, graphite ore to target specialty high value graphene derivatives ranging from sulfur graphene to nanoporous graphene foam. Some of the new graphene materials will contribute positively as a powerful next generation composite for fuel cell/electrochemical supercapacitor applications, he said.
Graphenea is the main graphene producer in the European €1 billion project
Key facts :
• Europe invested heavily on graphene industry : 1 billion euros has been approved for R&D in the field on January 28th 2013
• Graphenea is the main graphene producer with a pilot line that has a capacity of 50,000 cm²/year of CVD graphene that they plan to extend to its full capacity 130 million cm/year in the near future
• Graphene is a key enabling technology that could soon drive many technological breakthrough ands replace silicon
The news of the European Commission’s support for the graphene industry, which was announced last month, has resulted in a spike in interest in the subject of investment. With one billion euros pouring into the research hubs of the major European universities over the next ten years there seems to be plenty to talk about…
Although Europe is the birth place and spiritual home of graphene, it has long been recognised that the continent is losing the race to commercialise the material.