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Impact-resistant polycarbonate from Covestro utilized in Lear Corporation battery chargers

In the U.S., the electric vehicle market continues to experience significant growth, accounting for 39 percent of global electric vehicle sales in 2014, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation. Product innovation is one of the key factors driving EV adoption, as advances in charging equipment and infrastructure are encouraging more U.S. drivers to choose sustainable options. Polycarbonates from Covestro – formerly Bayer MaterialScience – are playing a critical role in the development of effective, cost-efficient charging equipment for electric vehicles.

Graphite to 2020 - Charging Ahead?

Graphite hit the headlines again in 2015 when Tesla Motors began building its lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" near Sparks, northern Nevada at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Park. Despite their name, lithium-ion batteries are heavier consumers of graphite than lithium. The new factory will cost US$5Bn, with US$1.25Bn in the form of grants and incentives from the Nevada state government. Limited production will start in 2016. When fully on-stream in 2020, the gigafactory could double the world supply of lithium-ion batteries, mostly for the automotive market but also for residential stationary power packs. By 2020, Tesla is planning to make 35GWh of lithium-ion batteries a year. Some market commentators have speculated that the potential new market from Tesla alone will require at least 50,000tpy of graphite.

ULS Multiwave Hybrid Technology Enables Futuristic Graphene Research at Rice University

Universal Laser Systems (ULS), the world's leader in laser materials processing and Rice University's Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology in Houston, Texas, are actively collaborating on advanced research on Laser Induced Graphene (LIG) synthesis and refinement. As part of that collaboration, Rice is using a state-of-the-art XLS10 Multiwave HybridTM laser system developed by ULS.

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