Areas of Innovation
We are developing an aerospace composite that has similar performance as carbon-fibre composites - at less than half the weight. Using a production process similar to that used in carbon fibre aircraft components, we cure multiple layers of graphene-infused polymer, aerogels and other aerospace materials into a strong, lightweight material - that also has a higher degree of shock/impact resistance than other aerospace materials.
We are developing (and have a patent-pending on) a new way of generating electricity - by harvesting electricity (including lightning) from clouds. The key to achieving this will be developing ultra-long/ultra-strong cables that utilise the electrical conductivity of graphene to channel static electricity from the atmosphere into an ultra-capacitor array; although we expect this will take several years to develop this technology, if we can achieve this, our lightning harvesters could potentially access an infinitely renewable source of energy.
Our GC armour works by combining strong, tough layers of graphene and other ballistic materials with the high force dispersion ability of aerogels. All other armours work by using the sheer strength of the ballistic material - but the impact forces are still transmitted through the material itself. GC composite armour disperses the impact forces much more effectively - resulting in much less impact trauma. GC armour delivers both stab and bullet protection - at roughly half the weight of conventional armours.
Graphene and Aerogel
Graphene is a form of carbon, where the carbon atoms are linked in a honeycomb lattice one-atom thick.
Because of the strength of this particular atomic structure and the nature of the carbon atom, graphene has several extraordinary properties.
There are different types of aerogel, but they all share some common characteristics – the most important being that they are highly porous nano-materials, meaning that they are usually over 98% air, and that these air bubbles are tiny – they are part of the atomic structures.