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.