Sparc Technologies progresses graphene manufacture
Sparc Technologies has progressed construction of a modular and scalable manufacturing facility to produce graphene based additives with commissioning expected in Q1 CY23.
The facility will enable the production of commercial quantities of graphene based additives for the growing global Coatings and Composites markets, the company said in an update to investors.
“The commissioning of this production facility is a substantial vote of confidence in Sparc’s ability to reach commercial agreements with our potential customers and an endorsement of the rigorous technical programs the company has undertaken with numerous global tier 1 and 2 coatings companies.
“This significant step of being able to produce commercial quantities of graphene based additive product will further support advanced technical and commercial collaboration discussions with global coatings customers.”
Sparc said the factory, being built in Adelaide, could accommodate large scale manufacturing to meet customer demand.
“In addition, the proprietary know-how and intellectual property supporting Sparc technology is being protected with provisional patent filings, the first of which is in the field of anti-corrosive coatings.
“Several further patent filings will occur in early 2023.”
Sparc also said that research and development work was ongoing at the University of Adelaide with the development of new and improved solar reactor designs and testing under a range of simulated solar conditions.
The company is testing the feasibility of its technology that produces green hydrogen through the use of a thermo-photocatalyst and solar radiation, avoiding more traditional and costly electrolysis.
Sparc said a planned pilot plant would be designed to incorporate linear Fresnel solar concentrators with a solar reactor to facilitate increased photocatalytic hydrogen production.
The project team is currently scoping options for equipment suppliers, engineering providers and location.
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