Battery anode and graphene company Talga Group Ltd (ASX:TLG) has successfully achieved a commercial scale trial milestone of its Talcoat graphene additive for marine coatings.
The Talcoat-enhanced primer coating was first applied to a 33,000t container ship late in 2019 in the world’s largest single application of graphene.
The commercial scale trial was later extended to include a second similar sized container ship.
Managing Director, Mark Thompson, said that on the first ship, Robin 1 (previously Algarrobo), visual inspection over 15 months service indicates the Talcoat product is matching or exceeding commercial standard.
We are very pleased to see this large-scale demonstration of Talga’s graphene successfully working in the tough conditions of commercial shipping,” Mr Thompson said.
“Additionally, as we can now produce our graphene as a by-product of our battery anode manufacturing process, we are demonstrating a global leading low- cost and scalable graphene additive supply for large volume industrial products.”
Due to travel and access restrictions, including change in ownership of the two cargo ships, detailed physical testing of Robin 1 and review of the second ship coating is yet to be completed. Further testing is expected to commence when access is reinstated, meanwhile the sea trials of Talga’s graphene coating on both ships continue during the ships’ active service.
Mr Thompson saidthe positive results and growing market interest has encouraged Talga to extend the range of its graphene Talcoat products, which focus on replacing toxic chemicals and metals1 with more environmentally friendly carbon-based graphene.
Talcoat products now in various stages of development include large volume applications in anti- foul marine coatings, barrier coatings for packaging, anti-bacterial coatings for metals and plastics, and anti-corrosion coatings for large volume metal parts/fasteners.