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Global Graphene Group Named R&D 100 Award Finalist

DAYTON, OHIO, January 16, 2020 – Global Graphene Group (G3) was honored recently by R&D World, naming G3’s graphene-protected lithium metal anode for rechargeable metal batteries solution (HELiX™) a finalist for the 2019 R&D 100 Award. The R&D 100 Awards recognize the top 100 most technologically significant new products of the year.

HELiX is a single-layer graphene-protected lithium metal technology making high-energy rechargeable metal batteries viable. It allows extremely low anode usage (anode/cathode ratio ≤ 10%), creating an energy density over 350 Wh/kg and 1,000 Wh/L, which yields a 60-80% improvement over current lithium-ion batteries. This offers unprecedented opportunities for advanced portable devices/electric vehicles.

HELiX is a readily available, drop-in, graphene-enabled anode solution for all types of high-energy, lithium metal batteries (e.g. advanced Li-ion, all solid-state batteries, Li-S, Li-Se, and Li-air cells). It adds immediate value to any rechargeable battery, including, but not limited to power drones, renewable energy storage systems, aerospace applications, unmanned vehicles, and electric vehicles (EVs). Additionally, due to its performance, batteries can be reduced in size by 30-40% while still providing the required energy. This provides room for other components or allows for significant reductions in size and weight.  The most promising opportunity for HELiX graphene-enabled anode solutions is in EV batteries, where it can replace incumbent (graphite) technology today and drive an accelerated adoption of EVs due to improved cost and performance.

“Rechargeable lithium metal batteries for next-generation portable devices and EVs must meet several challenging requirements: safety, high energy density, long cycle life, and low cost. This is the end-goal laid out by nearly every EV manufacturer for the foreseeable future,” said Dr. Aruna Zhamu, VP of New Product / Process Development at G3.

“Global Graphene Group has developed an enabling anode-protecting technology that is essential to successful operation of safe, high-energy and long-cycle-life lithium metal batteries working with liquid, quasi-solid, or solid electrolytes,” continued Dr. Zhamu. “This HELiX product has overcome the long-standing issues thus far impeding successful commercialization of all the rechargeable batteries that make use of lithium metal as the anode material. Our HELiX technology is available and offers a drop-in, scalable, facile, cost reducing improvement over current solutions. It lowers the battery cost to less than $100 US $/kWh.”

G3 developed and produces the HELiX solution in its Dayton, Ohio, facilities.

G3 was named an R&D 100 winner in 2018 for its graphene-enabled silicon anode (GCATM).

About the R&D 100
Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards program has identified and celebrated the top 100 revolutionary technologies of the past year. Submitting your product or process to be considered by our panel of expert judges could earn it a place among an amazing group of finalists and winners from the last 56 years. Past R&D 100 Awards recipients include established Fortune 500 companies and federally funded research institutions, as well as academic and government labs and smaller companies. Their leading products, technologies and services will make a difference in a wide range of industries and together represent a bright future for science and innovation in the years to come.

About Global Graphene Group
Global Graphene Group, Inc. (G3) is a leading material science technology company focused on graphene. It has an award-winning, best-in-class intellectual property portfolio with more than 430 patents and applications. In addition, G3 holds many of the world’s firsts in graphene-related breakthroughs. G3, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is the holding company for five subsidiaries: Nanotek Instruments is the Intellectual Property arm of G3 with more than 170 issued U.S. patents. Taiwan Graphene Company is the largest volume producer of graphene globally. It is focused on high volume production of graphene raw materials, enhanced thermal interface materials (films, pastes, inks), and nanocomposite products (both thermoplastics and thermosets). Honeycomb Battery is focused on commercializing next generation lithium ion battery electrodes, batteries enhanced with graphene, and improved battery manufacturing processes. Angstron Materials is the R&D and product application company. Angstron Energy Company produces graphene-wrapped nano silicon particles to improve anode stability, prelithiation to reduce capacity loss, significant cost reduction in cost of goods, and an operational pilot line with 25 TPA capacity in the US.

Media Contact:
Amy Maggart – Corporate Communications Administrator
Global Graphene Group
Tel: (937) 331-9884 ext. 10
[email protected]

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