28 Aug A company in Yecla builds the first boat in the world with graphene
The ‘God material’ means that the boat, to be launched next month, weighs somewhat more than 2 tonnes, almost half the usual weight.
It is lighter, faster, much stronger but more expensive than usual. In just a few weeks, the first boat in the world built with graphene has sailed the Mediterranean Sea, an example from the production plant of the Graphenano company in Yecla.
There, the promoters wish to present it to the public attending the test for sailing around the world. This will be next October when the official presentation takes place.
The boat is made with a mix of polymers with graphene forming the compound in the hull. Without doubt the special properties that graphene provides to this boat is lightness and strength. A one metre long sheet of graphene weighs just 0.77 mg, meaning that a boat of this size, which usually weighs some 4 tonnes, weighs 2.4 tonnes at the end of the construction process. This “slimming down” of the boat is also helped by the resins infusion system used, as explained by the Graphenano Composites managers.
The lightness means that the boat is faster and its fuel consumption is reduced considerably. This is one of the important aspects. In addition, there are other properties of the so-called ‘God material’ that give added value to this boat – strength. Graphene is some 200 times stronger than steel.
The boat built with graphene is more expensive than those currently on the market. The ‘Grafenano One’ has a starting price of 280,000 euros compared to the 200,000 euros that a similar boat without graphene would cost. The company is very satisfied with the expectations created in the sector by this test of the use of graphene to build boats and assures that a second boat has already been commissioned.
This and other projects are reality thanks to a raw material from the facilities of Graphenano in the Las Teresas industrial estate in Yecla. There it continuously produces the graphene it needs for various industries that are introducing this material in production processes.
“It’s 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in which there is no rest in obtaining graphene for the great demand we have,” explained the Chair of Graphenano, Martín Martínez Rovira, about this plant, which is one of the two that the company has in Yecla. The other, on the Villena road, manufactures batteries with graphene polymer.
Source: La Verdad de Murcia