Largest global single application of graphene

Application Talphene-enhanced primer (left) being spray coated onto starboard hull of vessel, alongside the test reference coating (right). Image: Talga

An advanced battery anode materials and graphene additives provider has completed what is believed to be the world’s largest single application of graphene.

Talga Resources Ltd has now commenced a commercial scale trial of its Talga graphene-enhanced coating applied to a 33,000t container ship. The 700m2 coating of the cargo vessel’s hull is part of advanced testing of Talga’s functionalised graphene, Talphene, additive as a performance booster for existing commercial marine coatings.

Talga managing director, Mark Thompson, said: “The maritime coating sector is a very large market and well suited to use of our Talphenegraphene additives for improved environmental and economic outcomes.

“Additionally, by successfully taking this new product from the laboratory to commercial-scale application on a 33,000 tonne ship, being tested across global marine environments, we are showcasing our graphene’s real-world potential as a bulk industrial product.”

Multiple benefits

The commercial-scale application follows completion of in-house development and patent pending technology that successfully translates graphene’s exceptional mechanical properties into paint and coatings.

The result is expected to be a range of environmental and economic benefits, which for marine applications such as shipping and offshore infrastructure includes improved corrosion resistance, decreased metallic paint loss into oceanic ecosystems and increased efficiency through lowering dry-docking cycles.

The freshly coated ship is now at sea and over the coming 12-18 months the Talphene-coated area will be evaluated in the harsh real-life conditions of global cargo shipping.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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