FGV to build plant making carbon nanotubes and graphene


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  • Thursday, 15 May 2014

FGV to build plant making carbon nanotubes and graphene

CAMBRIDGE (England): A plant that will produce the world’s first high-grade carbon nanotubes and graphene from by-products of oil palm plantations is expected to be built in Malaysia soon.

The project, to be undertaken by FGV Cambridge Nanosystems (FGV-CNL), will have the capacity to produce between 50 and 100 tonnes of the products a year.

Chairman Dr Krzysztof Koziol, the inventor of the cutting-edge technology, said Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV), which owns 70% of FGV-CNL, was currently scouting for the best location for the plant.

He, however, declined to reveal the timeline to build the plant. “Most importantly, we need a location that has plenty of energy and abundant space,” he told a briefing to update the Malaysian media on the progress being made by FGV-CNL.

Koziol said the development of the products marked a new horizon and would revolutionise various industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, medical, electronics, oil and gas, electricity and nuclear power.

Since the end of January, a plant located here was already producing 1kg per hour of high-grade carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphene using natural gas, he said, adding that a full-scale production in Malaysia could be worth billions of ringgit.

FGV is set to become the first company in the world to pioneer and produce the high grade CNT and graphene such as methane once the plant is ready. – Bernama

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