Advanced materials company First Graphene (FGR) has provided an update on its program to develop novel graphene hybrid materials.
In September 2019, First Graphene signed an exclusive licence agreement with the University of Manchester. This agreement allowed for the manufacture of hybrid-graphene materials by electrochemical processing.
Electrochemical processing can synthesise two valued product groups. These include metal oxide decorated materials with high capacitance for applications in super-capacitors and catalysis, and pristine graphene products for applications in electrical and thermal conductivity.
In October, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC) funded the transfer the technology from university labs to First Graphene's labs.
Since then, First Graphene has successfully transferred the technology to its labs in Manchester. It has also completed two pilot trials at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, WA.
These trials demonstrated the synthesis and manufacture of metal oxide decorated materials and pristine graphene materials.
First Graphene is now testing the performance of these materials in energy storage and catalysis applications.
So far, testing has shown that prototype super-capacitor (coin cell) devices can be made with these materials.
Super-capacitors offer high-power density energy storage and can be charged or discharged fairly quickly. The demand for these devices is expected to grow by 20 per cent each year before reaching a revenue value of A$3.1 billion by 2022.
Unfortunately, however, COVID-19-related restrictions have delayed additional testing.
"We are disappointed that testing is being delayed due to current circumstances but will use this time to strengthen our end-user relationships," Managing Director Craig McGuckin said.
End-users in the aerospace, marine, electric vehicle and utility storage sectors have validated the need for high-performance super-capacitors.
In the meantime, the company is seeking government funding to develop a new supply chain for game-changing super-capacitor devices.
First Graphene is down 22.2 per cent and shares are trading for 7 cents each at 3:01 pm AEDT.