Brisbane battery company utilizing UQ technology supplies option to keeping solar power to power residences

Nov 7, 2022 02:42 PM ET
  • A Brisbane organization claims it is the only firm on the planet making its very own graphene from natural gas
  • Graphene batteries are a lot more secure than lithium batteries, which are used in lots of family things
  • There is an expanding demand for investment in technology such as batteries to assist with solar power storage space
Brisbane battery company utilizing UQ technology supplies option to keeping solar power to power residences
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A Brisbane company believes it can alter the face of Australia's energy landscape with an environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral cell that bills 70 times faster than a lithium ion battery as well as can be recycled countless times.

Owner and handling supervisor of Graphene Manufacturing Group Craig Nicol stated the company's graphene aluminium ion battery was a world-leading item of technology created by the University of Queensland (UQ).

He stated the business was the just one on the planet making its own graphene from gas-- a nanomaterial composed of one layer of carbon atoms that is thin, strong and a superb conductor of power-- and also had actually been working on the technology for six years.

" There's a technology below that I assume will truly assist with the energy transition, and so the Queensland federal government coming out as well as stating, 'We intend to get along' is a massive advance," he informed ABC Radio's, Rebecca Levingston.

" We require batteries of all various kinds to be able to handle the substantial swings in electrical power in the grid.

" Our battery we think is going to be a big aid, as we'll have the ability to bill our battery sometimes a day, whereas lithium battery can really only do it when."

Quickly boosting use of solar energy has been putting pressure on Australia's old energy grid infrastructure as need for typical resources of power plunged over the past couple of months.

Energy Corporation of NSW board member Dr Alex Wonhas said there was a pressing requirement for more investment in technology such as batteries that can save energy produced by solar batteries.

Opportunities for graphene batteries

Mr Nicol said their graphene battery was currently just on a laboratory manufacturing range but there were several possibilities for their bigger application in the future, with interest from drone applications and vehicles.

" All various business want this sort of technology that we have," he claimed.

" The opportunities are substantial, and not just what we believe batteries are useful for now.

" There is a lot possibility if this change in fact is to hold and undergo."

Mr Nicol said the business had actually not made a AA battery yet but was dealing with a 2023 coin cell battery, which were utilized in remote controls and were secure for kids.

" We have actually done tests and also we do not believe there are mosting likely to be any type of security concerns with our battery.

" These will certainly additionally be cost-efficient and also you could present this battery to your youngsters in the will, it'll last that long," he said.

Mr Nicol also said that graphene batteries were the future as well as could be billed as well as made use of hundreds of times.

" It's not such as a lithium battery, which normally takes 500 cycles, and after that it has to be replaced," he said.

" Ours is effectively like a hybrid supercapacitor battery, which can be billed hundreds of times.

" These are truly world-leading as the last time anyone did anything on aluminium batteries was Stanford as well as ours is four times much better than Stanford's.".

Concerns with lithium batteries.

Mr Nicol claimed lithium batteries discovered in cellphones, toys and also even cars and trucks commonly had mistakes and there had been safety and security problems connected with them.

" The aluminium atom which our battery used is far more stable than the lithium atom and that's why lithium is commonly having issues," he said.

" It was effectively built out of phones right into cars and trucks and now some grid batteries, yet it is a really unsteady battery when it does come in touch with water or air.

" Yet we require lithium batteries equally as much as every other opportunity around as well as we require them all at range to make this shift job.".

Australia a significant merchant.

Study other from UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and also Nanotechnology Dr Xiaodan Huang stated graphene batteries were light-weight, not flammable and also a great deal less expensive and also much more sustainable than lithium batteries.

" Lithium is a heavy metal which is costly due to the fact that resources rates are high," he said.

" Australia is an abundant resource of graphene, aluminium and gas, which are much more cost effective as well as easier to recycle.

" We are trying to supply a various choice for consumers to select as an option and as specialty technology for the Australian battery market, because our batteries are imported from overseas business.".

Deepak Dubal from the Queensland University of Technology's Centre for Materials Science claimed Australia was just one of the globe's largest suppliers for minerals made use of in lithium batteries.

" Australia is the greatest vendor of lithium on the planet as well as the 2nd biggest vendor of cobalt," he claimed.

Nevertheless, Dr Dubal claimed Australia did not actually gain from the export of lithium in batteries due to just concentrating on one section within the six segment battery value chain.

" We are not the largest recipient in the lithium battery market as although Australia makes up 50 percent of the marketplace share for lithium exports, we are not generating the batteries ourselves," he said.

" Australia only profits 0.53 percent of the total value chain.".

Dr Dubal forecasted that in ten years' time, Australia could be exporting both raw lithium and also graphene batteries.

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