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  • First Graphene (FGR) achieves a critical milestone on its program to develop high performing supercapacitor materials
  • The graphene supplier previously reported that high capacitance hybrid active materials could be successfully scaled using its unique electrochemical process technology
  • Now in a standard test cell, FGR’s PureGRAPH hybrid active materials outperform leading activated carbon materials by over 100 cycles
  • Having now showed a significant performance over activated carbon, First Graphene is in a strong position to develop partnership with supercapacitor manufacturing companies
  • On the market today, First Graphene is up 12.5 per cent and trading at 22.5 cents per share

First Graphene (FGR) has achieved a critical milestone on its program to develop high performing supercapacitor materials.

Supercapacitors offer rapid charging and discharging giving high-power density and usually uses activated carbon.

The graphene supplier previously reported that high capacitance hybrid active materials could be successfully scaled using its unique electrochemical process technology.

These novel materials showed high capacitance per unit area when tested in a simple cell prototype. FGR’s recent work has been focused on the development of an optimised bill of materials for a supercapacitor to deliver high energy and power densities.

First Graphene has now announced that, in a standard test cell, its product PureGRAPH hybrid active materials outperform leading activated carbon materials over 100 cycles.

The PureGRAPH materials have a specific capacitance of 140 farads per gram (f/g) while activated carbon cells typically have a specific capacitance of 35 f/g.

FGR said this shows that PureGRAPH hybrid active materials can be formulated into an electrode slurry for use in device manufacture.

Having now shown significant performance over activated carbon, First Graphene said it is in a strong position to develop a commercial partnership with large supercapacitor manufacturing companies that are looking to create the next generation of supercapacitors.

Interestingly, the supercapacitor device market is projected to grow from US$409 million (A$573 million) in 2020 to US$720 million (around A$1 billion) by 2025.

The growth of this market is driven by the demand for energy harvesting applications and the rising use of supercapacitors in trains and aircraft. On top of this is the increasing global demand for electric vehicles, which is likely to fuel the growth of the market.

Managing Director and CEO Michael Bell said the company continues to make good progress in the rapidly emerging market for energy storage materials.

“We have proven that we can manufacture robust, high capacitance materials based on our PureGRAPH products,” he said.

“Our next challenge is to optimise performance with other device components, with a particular focus on a suitable electrolyte. We have established important strategic
relationships to do this.”

On the market today, First Graphene was up 12.5 per cent and is trading at 22.5 cents per share at 11:44 am AEDT.

FGR by the numbers
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