Goodbye 2020 – We’re Excited for 2021!

This year has not turned out the way most everyone imagined it would from the start. No one could have predicted that we’d be in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Despite the challenges that 2020 presented, the team at Global Graphene Group is ending 2020 on a high note. Graphene is part of the global conversation now more than ever before. And G3 is prepared to provide our solutions and technology to help improve lives.

To help fight the global pandemic, G3 is currently working with a company to produce PPE masks using our graphene solutions. Graphene is known for its anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. Researchers have incorporated graphene into N-95 masks, essential PPE for healthcare workers and others. This added layer of protection has shown to provide up to 99% effectiveness at blocking the COVID-19 virus.

G3 continues to work with a leading Fortune 75 company to incorporate graphene into their products. G3’s graphene oxide dispersion has shown to improve nylon tensile strength by as much as 400% in the similar markets. We’re looking forward to commercializing our efforts with this company in 2021.

G3 is also working on our graphene-enhanced coatings for several key industries. Adding a small weight percentage of graphene to paints and coatings can reduce the amount of material needed to coat a structure by more than 40%, while adding significant anti-corrosion properties. This will decrease the costs of coatings for companies and extend the life of the coating.

Many areas of the world have pushed for EV adoption in the next few years, making EV OEMs look for ways to increase battery energy density and safety, ramp up the mileage per charge and decrease production costs. One top-tier OEM announced its intention to use a specific anode technology using elastic polymers, which G3 owns the IP for.

Industry-leading EV OEMs indicate elastic and ion-conducting polymer-encapsulated Si technology will be needed to drive EV battery technology that will lower cost and provide higher energy density, extending the EV driving range by 20%. G3’s innovative Si anodes can deliver this and more today as a drop-in technology. Furthermore, G3’s entire suite of battery-enabling technologies can deliver driving range improvements of 50-100% at significant cost savings. G3 is working with several top-tier EV OEMs to validate our EV battery solutions and we look to increase production of our Si anode solution in 2021.

Our G3 team is growing to keep up with the demand for our solutions! We’re looking for battery scientists, technicians and an experienced production manager. If you are looking for a challenging, exciting role with an expanding company focused on the next generation technology in multiple industries, apply today!

2021 looks to be very bright for graphene as more and more people are realizing its sustainable properties and the value it brings. G3 is poised to support a variety of companies to incorporate our graphene technology and solutions into their products in 2021 and beyond. If you’d like to discuss how graphene could help your company, drop us an email.

Lightening Up Ships and Keeping Rust at Bay

We rely on goods and products to be shipped around the world each day. Many of the items you purchase may have come from another country, sending weeks or more at sea on their way to your door.  There are over 50,000 cargo ships around the world. We rely on these ships to bring our goods from other countries, and to ship our products abroad. Keeping the ships in great shape is a priority. And one of the biggest problems that plague ships is corrosion.

Anti-corrosion coatings are key to ships to limit the damage done to ships. Corrosion takes place from the combination of high moisture and salt-laden sea spray, both of which directly attack the steel of the ship’s hull. Cargo ships can take upwards of a few million gallons of paint to properly coat their hull. Parts of the ship above the waterline will generally get three coats while those below get seven. To keep it in perspective, one gallon of paint cover 400 square feet. The layers of paint on the ships add to the ships’ weight, which means it must reduce the onboard weight. And these ships need to be repainted every few years, leading companies to spend billions of dollars per year.

Graphene has amazing anti-corrosion properties. A small amount of graphene added to paint can dramatically increase the ship’s anti-corrosion resistance. And the graphene-enhanced paint can extend the coating’s life, taking the lifespan of the paint and extending it to 10 or more years between coatings. That’s a cost savings in terms of the man hours it takes to recoat a vessel and the amount of paint it needs to purchase. In addition, the graphene-enhanced pain reduces the coating weight by 50-60%, allowing for more equipment to be onboard the ship.

Another plus of using graphene-enhanced paint is a reduction in zinc dust in the paint. Zinc dust is typically used in paints to for anti-corrosion. And zinc dust is a known carcinogen. By replacing the zinc dust with graphene, the paint is safer for people.

Graphene-enhanced coatings allow less paint to be needed for covering ships. It reduces the weight of the coatings and increases its anti-corrosion properties. The graphene-enhanced paint is more sustainable, lasting upwards of 10 years between recoats. And it is safer for people’s health with less zinc dust being added to the paint mixture.