A criticism often leveled at the energy storage sector is that its solutions aren’t modular, aren’t scalable and are not vertically integrated with the rest of the value chain. Our industry is not deaf to these clarion calls. And neither, it appears, are its potential suppliers. Take Durham Graphite Science (DGS).
Not only has this UK university spin-out developed a novel way of mass-producing a two-dimensional molecule that does not need graphite as a raw material, it is also working closely with the markets best suited to its product.
One of those is energy storage and specifically battery electrodes and supercapacitors, where the vast surface area-to-mass ratio graphene brings is showing a lot of promise in enhancing performance. DGS can already produce four to five tonnes of high-purity graphene annually at its pilot plant.
And while that is plenty to produce sufficient powders and dispersions as samples to impress potential customers, it’s nowhere near the quantity needed to meet the expected demand for graphene, which also has applications in touch-screen technology amongst many other things.
With that in mind, DGS is now looking for backers to take production to the next level.