February 9th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
If it’s true, and it seems it is, a Polish startup has reportedly begun commercial graphene production. Graphene is an insane supermaterial, so I’m sure this is going to excite a large number of readers. Here are some details, reposted from CleanTechnica:
Commercial graphene production has reportedly begun in Poland, the first place this supermaterial is being produced commercially.
Living in Poland for 5½ years, I can tell you that there is a very high number of tech geeks/experts here, but I have to admit that this news came to me from a CleanTechnica reader. Following an article I published about Lux Research’s projections regarding when graphene and other advanced materials might be commercialized, this reader sent me two links about a Polish startup that has reportedly just begun producing graphene.
The startup, established back in 2011 (before graphene was on the radar of most of us), is co-owned by mining giant KGHM (where my father-in-law and brother-in-law actually work) and the Industrial Development Agency (ARP). It is using technology that was developed at the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology in Warsaw.
Here’s some more information on the technique used: “The method, an adaptation of epitaxy, relies on the crystallization of carbon from an outer source, which means the carbon is settled down in the form of a one or two atom thick layer on the surface. The EMT says that the process is efficient and cheap and uses commercially available equipment.”
Of course, graphene has many insane, unprecedented properties. To catch up on those, scroll through our graphene archives. Some of the industries it could make a big difference in include solar power and energy storage.
Perhaps I should swing over to Warsaw and find out more about this reportedly breakthrough production process and the product links it is currently targeting.
Keep up to date with all the latest cleantech news here on CleanTechnica, and subscribe to our main newsletter to never miss a story.
Image via INŻYNIERPV.
Keep up to date with all the most interesting green news on the planet by subscribing to our (free) Planetsave newsletter.