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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Haydale’s (AIM:HATD) Collaborative Research Project on Lightning Proof Aircraft Graphene Composite

graphenelightningstrikeHaydale (AIM: HAYD), the group focused on the commercialisation of graphene and other nano particle products using their proprietary plasma process is pleased to announce its composites division, Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd (“HCS”), has entered into a collaborative 18 month research project awarded and managed by the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (“NATEP”). The project involves two end users; Airbus UK and BAE Systems Plc. Collaborating in the project are Cobham Plc (lightning strike advice and testing), SHD Composites Ltd (carbon fibre reinforced epoxy resin pre-impregnated fabric supplier) and HCS (supplier of functionalised graphene enhanced epoxy resins). NATEP are providing a grant of up to £150,000 towards the £300,000 cost of the research project, of which HCS will receive up to £100,000.

Carbon fibre composites are used extensively in aircraft applications such as fuselages, leading edges and wing surfaces. However, because the carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composite materials are poor conductors of electricity they are prone to damage from lightning strike. This has led to aircraft companies incorporating copper or aluminium meshes into the composite materials which add significant weight and cost.

The electrical conductivity of graphene enhanced composites has already been established. The aim of this project is therefore to develop highly electrically conductive epoxy resins through the addition of functionalised graphene which, when combined with conductive carbon fibre, is expected to result in a highly conductive carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composite material capable of withstanding lightning strike in its own right. The development of such a material would result in safer aircraft, weight and cost savings from the elimination of the expensive metallic meshes as well as eliminating time associated with integrating the meshes into the structure.

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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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SAAB Group Researches Using Graphene to Camouflage Ships, Aircraft, and Military Uniforms

Graphene camouflage

Saab Group (OMX:SAAB B) is an aerospace and defense company based on Sweden. It is also the parent company of the SAAB automobile company. SAAB is a billion dollar giant, and just like aerospace company Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), SAAB is actively researching how to apply graphene to its products and services. In this case, the company is researching how to use graphene for camouflage. News about defense and military companies researching applications of graphene is always very positive. Some of today’s most widely used technology was first embraced, developed, or even solely invented for military applications (e.g. aircraft, navigation systems, communication systems, pharmaceuticals, production methods, electronic computers). The SAAB group is now part of the list of graphene stocks and companies.

Here is what SAAB had to say about graphene and its research on cloaking:

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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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