Commercialising graphene products

Materials World magazine
9 Dec 2019

Graphene Flagship is launching eleven new projects to help prototypes enter the market commercially. Idha Valeur reports.

On 9 December, the Graphene Flagship announced that it is launching 11 new spearhead projects – originally initiated in 2018 – with the aim of facilitating the commercial acceleration of graphene products.

In collaboration with several industrial partners, including Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Siemens and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, the investment totals €92mln for all projects, consisting of  €45mln invested by the Graphene Flagship and €47mln from multiple industry partners. 

The overarching goal of the scheme is to increase the technology readiness level (TRL) of graphene-based products, according to the Graphene Flagship.

 ‘The spearhead projects are market-motivated, industry-led sub-projects that aim at creating prototypes at TRL 6 or above, in areas where graphene-related technologies have an edge over competing approaches.

'From April 2020, the spearhead programme will be expanded to comprise about 30% of the Graphene Flagship's funding from the European Commission. This is a bold move that shows our firm commitment to maximising the impact of the Graphene Flagship,’ the Graphene Flagship Director, Jari Kinaret said in a company release.

One of the projects, GRAPES, is a collaboration between Siemens, Greatcell Solar and BeDimensional - it aims to boost the stability and performance of graphene-based perovskite solar panels.

Separately there is GRAPHIL, a project focused on creating a new type of water filtration system. Under the management of Medica SpA, contaminants, pesticides and pathogens labelled as hazardous will be removed using filters made with graphene-based materials from ‘the billions of cubic metres of water consumed by European citizens each year,’ the release read.

According to the Graphene Flagship, all projects line up with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The projects will end in 2023.