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Graphene innovations in automotive technology accelerate green mobility

08 January 2024

The Graphene Flagship, an ambitious European research initiative launched in 2013, has made significant progress in advancing graphene-based innovations in the last 10 years. Here, Ali Shaygan Nia, Business Developer for Graphene-Based Coatings and Composites at the Graphene Flagship, examines the innovations that have helped to develop ground-breaking solutions that enhance automotive components, improve safety, and contribute to a greener future.

Graphene has the potential to drive significant advancements in the automotive industry – from strengthening structural components to improving electrochemical energy storage (i.e. batteries) efficiency and safety in electric cars, as well as enhancing the performance of self-driving cars. The Graphene Flagship has orchestrated several of projects researching the benefits of graphene in automotive applications and is now seeing this research and development come to fruition. 

Ultimately, these projects feed into the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Objectives include using graphene-enabled products to ensure good health and wellbeing, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption, as well as improvements to industry innovation and infrastructure. 

In collaboration with several industrial partners, including Nanesa and Centro Rierche Fiat in Italy, the G+BOARD graphene-enhanced steering wheel and dashboard project incorporates graphene-based materials, to create a lightweight and efficient alternative.

Read the full article in DPA's January 2024 issue

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