Lithium batteries are used everywhere: in mobile phones, laptops, video cameras, etc. But these batteries have major drawbacks: the charge/recharge cycle lessens lifespans and the batteries can overheat during intensive usage.
The addition of graphene to a battery’s graphite anode improves capacity and dissipates heat.
Replacing the anode with graphene entirely increases battery life several times over, eliminates overheating and even increases energy output.
All these improvements reduce the cost of energy, as the battery provides a kilowatt hour for less.
The idea that cars might one day run on batteries instead of consuming gasoline once seemed as absurd as the thought of our smart phones eating hay.
And yet in China alone, lithium battery production already demands 1000 tons of graphene per year. Well-established market players are doing a brisk business in graphene; interest in the material is strong and growing greater by the day.