Graphenea has presented the latest trends in graphene-based technology at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The prototypes made with materials produced by Graphenea include low-light cameras, health sensors, flexible displays and flexible batteries.
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the largest exhibition for the mobile industry and is attended by top executives of mobile operators, device manufacturers and technology providers from around the world.
Graphenea is taking part in the MWC as part of the Graphene Flagship Graphene Pavilion. The Graphene Flagship is a consortium funded by the European Union, consisting of 142 organisations, including Graphenea and Repsol, from 23 countries, whose purpose is to develop graphene-based technology. It is the EU’s biggest ever research initiative, has a budget of €1 billion and is to last for 10 years.
After another very busy day, Iñigo Charola, Business Development Manager, said: “The interest that executives of leading mobile technology companies have shown in our materials has been very positive. Once the laboratory prototypes have been demonstrated, the next step is to industrialise production in industry-compatible processes.” The prototypes presented have been manufactured using graphene produced for Graphenea by other members of the Graphene Flagship Consortium, such as ICFO and ICN2, among others.
Graphenea has developed very competitive, scalable and environmentally sustainable production technology, and produces high quality graphene in film format by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) technology and graphene in powder format by chemical exfoliation technology. Graphenea currently exports its products to 40 countries and supplies large multinationals, including Nokia, Intel and Sigma-Aldrich.
Graphene is a new nanomaterial made up of a single layer of carbon atoms that have extraordinary optical, electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. This means it is widely used in the development of new disruptive technologies for power generation and storage. In this specific field, Graphenea products are used for developing batteries, supercapacitors, solar cells and thermal management devices.
At present, graphene materials are mainly used for research and development. In 2015 the graphene market was approximately €12 million and Graphenea has a market share in excess of 10%.
Founded in 2010, Graphenea is a pioneering company in graphene production. With a workforce composed of 15 persons and the support of a renowned scientific advisory board, it is a market share leader in graphene production. It currently has an R&D centre and a pilot plant in San Sebastian and a sales office in Boston. Since its foundation it has generated significant intellectual property as a result of its numerous projects and research into graphene, enabling it to maintain a position of technological leadership internationally. Among other successes, this positioning has allowed it to become a member and provider of the European Union Graphene Flagship initiative, backed by €1 billion in investment.
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