The Science Museum and the Royal Society teamed up on 29 March 2017 to present incredible experiences of cutting edge science to the public. FGV Cambridge Nanosystems has been invited by the Royal Society to be part of this exhibition to showcase our environmentally-friendly graphene production and application development under the ‘The Good Carbon’ section of the ‘Lates’ exhibition at the London Science Museum.
Our graphene production supports ‘The Good Carbon’ agenda because it uses techniques and solutions that contribute to offsetting the effects of climate change and re-purposing food waste. Specifically, we capture green house gases from manufacturing flare off processes, such as methane and carbon dioxide, and re-purpose them into graphene and other industrially useful gases such as hydrogen and acetylene. Another conversion solution we use for producing graphene includes conversion of food waste into biogas to act as a feedstock into the graphene production process.
Graphene: The Good Carbon
Graphene needs little introduction within the context of the current innovation landscape. In just over a decade, it has achieved considerable attention due to its potential to revolutionise the way we think, design and manufacture in a host of areas – from faster and more robust racing cars to lighter aircraft, from rust-free paint to super-thin heaters, from unbreakable mobile phones to breaking-the-mold solutions in medical science.
While still largely in a prototyping phase, graphene infused polymers, coatings, paints, electronic inks, rubbers, latex and concrete applications are already offering much faster, better and quicker solutions to existing products across industries. One area that really stands out and has the potential to offer a long-term industrial solution is that of composites. For example, the incorporation of graphene in composite shells offers not only a stronger and stiffer solution, but it can also conduct heat away from high temperature regions (the engine bay for example). Moreover, graphene composites are already paving the way to the production of lighter planes by an estimated 3700 kilos on average, and in the process significantly contributing to carbon dioxide reductions in the atmosphere. Adding graphene to plastics also leads to an alteration in the thermal conductivity of the plastics, making them feel more like metal and maintaining the ‘premium’ feel that users associate with metal parts above the more inferior feel of plastics. Among many other possibilities, graphene also improves the strength and weight of the carbon fibers used to manufacture sports equipment, from skis to tennis rackets to bicycle frames and helmets. Read more…
But graphene is not just about the spectacular enhancement of the end product properties. It is also increasingly about the clever ways of re-purposing the negative carbon emissions from business processes world-wide into good carbon through the graphene production process.