Mason Graphite and Thomas Swan to launch Black Swan Graphene

Mason Graphite has announced the launch of Black Swan Graphene Inc., and the execution of a Definitive Agreement pursuant to which Mason Graphite has agreed, through Black Swan Graphene, to purchase strategic assets related to a patented graphene processing technology from Thomas Swan, a leading UK-based specialty chemical company.

On closing of the joint-venture Transaction, Mason Graphite and Thomas Swan will own respectively 66.67% and 33.33% of Black Swan Graphene, which is expected to proceed to a going-public transaction in the coming months.

Tirupati Graphite starts operations at Graphene & Technology Centre in India

Tirupati Graphite has commissioned Stage 1 of the Tirupati graphene and mintech research center (TGMRC) in India. Tirupati says this marks the start of revenue generation at TGMRC and allows the company to advance commercialization engagements.

In Stage 1, the facility can initially produce up to 1 kilogram per day – of graphene oxide ('GO'), reduced graphene oxide ('rGO') and aluminium graphene composite – via the zero-chemical process developed by the company. Ongoing development and expansion of the facility will enable up to 10 kgs per day.

CharmGraphene starts mass producing CVD graphene using a roll-to-roll process

Korea-based Charmgraphene has started to mass produce CVD graphene, using its proprietary roll-to-roll process.

CharmGraphene CVD graphene on copper and graphene-heater photoCharmGraphene's graphene on copper and heating element

CharmGraphene's R2R production system can produce 2 meters of CVD graphene per minute (maximum width 300 mm). According to CharmGraphene, its current CVD graphene capacity is about 8,000 sqm per month. The company says it uses use 6 um thick copper foil which reduces copper foil etching time dramatically compare to 35 um thickness copper foil used by other companies.

Lithium Energy to pursue commercial lithium-ion battery opportunities for its graphene

Lithium Energy, an emerging battery minerals company with two exploration and development projects (the Solaroz Lithium Project in Argentina and the Burke Graphite Project in Queensland), has announced its plans to pursue commercial opportunities for using its graphene in lithium-ion batteries

Testing by the Company has reportedly confirmed its Burke Deposit is well suited for graphene production via electrochemical exfoliation process, via a relatively low cost and environmentally friendly process that produces very high purity graphene products.

Carnarvon and Frontier Impact join forces to produce biodiesel and graphene from biomass

Australia-based oil and gas company Carnarvon Petroleum has created a new joint-venture with Frontier Impact Group to produce renewable materials, including graphene. Carnavron committed $2.6 million AUD into the new JV.

FIG is developing a bio-refinery which will produce materials from biomass and other biogenic feedstocks. The main material produced by the new bio-refinery is biodiesel which is a direct substitute for the petroleum-derived diesel. The high-grade biochar used in the process will be further refined into graphene.