Advanced materials group Talga Resources (ASX: TLG) has begun a second commercial trial of the company’s Talcoat graphene additive for coating ships’ hulls.
The same ship owner will apply the graphene coating to enhance the primer over a large area of a second container ship, M/V Arica.
The coating utilises Talga’s graphene functionalisation technology in the form of a dispersible powder mixed on-site with 2-part epoxy commercial coating.
Gaphene normally requires factory conditions to work, with the first trial coatings were factory-mixed.
The company believes the coating successfully adds graphene’s high strength characteristics.
The 33,000 tonne vessel will operate over the next 12-18 months to compare the treated area with the rest of the ship.
Talga managing director, Mark Thompson said: “We continue taking graphene out of the lab and into the real world with these large scale coating trials underway on cargo ships.
“This application joins…(our) graphene enhanced concrete, plastics and packaging products.”
Talga is also developing graphene industrial materials and lithium-ion battery anodes.
Picture: Talga Resources
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