FGR holds the worldwide licence agreement with The University of Adelaide to exploit the development of a graphene-based fire retardant technology.
Fire is a devastating disaster for our society, costing lives, damaging the environment and causing economic loss. In the United States alone economic loss from fire is estimated at US$600 billion per annum, or approximately 2.1% of GDP. In Australia, the numbers are estimated at $15 billion or 1.3% of GDP.
Many of today’s airplanes are made of carbon-fibre composite, but putting graphene in the carbon-fibre coating made the plane’s wings stronger.
It has better impact resistance and is lighter and more drag resistant than a comparable with conventional carbon-fibre wings. The material’s strength means the wings of the plane would need to be coated with only one layer of graphene-infused carbon fibre rather than four or five layers of the conventional composite. If you can build a stronger aircraft with less material, it’s lighter, and you’ll fly farther. In tests, a graphene-enhanced skin on the wings improved impact damage, a standard measurement of potential in-flight damage, by at least 60 percent.
Super Capacity Batteries
Advances in supercapacitors are delivering generational changes in energy-storage options. They are increasingly demonstrating that they can compete against standard chemical batteries in a range of markets.
A supercapacitor is a double-layer capacitor that has very high capacitance but low voltage limits. Supercapacitors store more energy than electrolytic capacitors and they are rated in farads (F). Supercapacitors store electrical energy at an electrode–electrolyte interface. They consist of two metal plates, which only are coated with a porous material known as activated carbon. As a result, they have a bigger area for storing much more charge.