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It doesn't seem that far from market. The idea seems to be that graphine can vastly increase the surface area of electrodes, and hence lower the resistance.
An awful lot of promising ideas founder on the rocks of getting to market. Even when the technology works in laboratory and prototype testing, often the practicalities of scaling it up for production, or the cost of that production, makes it commercially unviable.
 

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An awful lot of promising ideas founder on the rocks of getting to market. Even when the technology works in laboratory and prototype testing, often the practicalities of scaling it up for production, or the cost of that production, makes it commercially unviable.
Yes, of course, there may prove to be insurmountable obstacles. but I wouldn't put it in the same category as nuclear fusion, or even supercapacitors.

And graphene is basically pencil scrapings.
 

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But it depends how strong is the smell of money.
Which depends on the size of benefit and the certainty of outcome.
Money will flow in stages of development - no-one is going to chuck many millions at something that might not be as good as it seems, or another, better, technology might come along in the meantime which makes it redundant.

Even if it turns out to be a cracking product I'd think it would be at least 5 years before there is substantial uptake, if only because for cars it won't go into current models but into a new one, or an update, so that cycle needs to come round as well.
 

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It depends on whether it is a 'new tech' or able to replace an existing material.

If it is a direct substitute material then it would only have to go through a validation cycle, maybe a year. If it is a fundamental change to the battery, then, yeah, longer.

If the article is right and graphene can be added to LFP batteries to bring them up to match MNC-type cells on capacity, then that is storming because it should produce all of cheaper, safer and faster charging batteries, with better base material security (little cobalt/nickel supply issues) and will maximise recycling and environmental issues.
 
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