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NanoXplore awarded $3.3M from SDTC to explore use of graphene-enhanced plastics in electric motors

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will partner with Group NanoXplore Inc., a Montreal-based company specializing in the production and application of graphene and its derivative materials, to support the commercialisation of lighter, more reliable and higher-efficiency components for electric motor systems using graphene-enhanced engineering plastics in place of metals. The total value of the project is $10.4 million; SDTC is contributing $3.3 million.

Today, electric motors and related vehicle systems are manufactured using mostly metal components, which can involve heavy parts, labor-intensive assembly, and undesired losses in the form of heat. In comparison, plastics are lightweight; easy to shape or mold; and do not rust. However, replacing these metals with plastics will require innovative polymers with unique thermal, electrical, and strength characteristics.

NanoXplore has developed and is providing customers with graphene-enhanced polymers with enhanced electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. By adding trace amounts of graphene to carefully-selected polymers, engineering plastics can be tailored to improve electric motors and the systems in which they are used.

Comments

HarveyD

Good idea. Lighter, cooler, more efficient e-motors could benefit electrified vehicles.

solarsurfer

Graphemes can replace the copper windings the carbon is more twice as efficient conducting current . Leading to much stronger magnetic fields which is actually the muscle in induction motors , The original Tesla invented this electric motor because it so efficent. Future dragsters will be three phase induction motors with super juiced graphene ultra capacitors. Surpassing those 1200 hp top fuel.

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