GrapheneCA announced the launch on Thursday of a new product line designed to fortify cement, making it stronger, lighter and more weather resistant.
In a statement, the privately-owned firm said Original Graphene (OG) Concrete Admix is the first product to make graphene commercially available to the multibillion-dollar concrete industry.
The New York-based group noted that OG Cement Admix targets improvements in cement from a single additive to reduce cracking, improving strength and build weather resistance to increase the durability and life span of concrete structures.
The new product is one of many graphene-based applications that will have a strong impact on the construction industry, according to David Robles, GrapheneCA’s head of business development.
“Think of how much constructions could improve if concrete structures were even more resistant and durable,” Robles said in the statement. “Now, imagine if that could be done cost-effectively.”
Graphene-based additives can cut carbon emissions tremendously by requiring less cement, increasing longevity while being highly compatible with water-based mortar systems, Robles told investors.
GrapheneCA produces commercial-scale graphene and graphene-based materials out of its production facility in New York.
The company recently inked a deal with 3D-printing equipment developer Apis Cor to develop a 3D printing system capable of printing graphene materials.
Graphene has a wide range of industrial uses including being used in steelmaking, brake-pads and dry lubricants. It is also used in fuel cells, which power hybrid and electric vehicles and in lithium-ion batteries used in portable consumer devices such as laptops and smartphones.
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