GMG explores graphene for cleaner battery

Graphene Io Battery concept. | Newsreel
GMG will build a plant to produce graphene aluminium ion batteries. | iStock

A Brisbane-based clean-technology company has secured a $2 million grant to support construction of an Automated Battery Pilot Plant.

Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG), based at Richlands in the city’s south-west, will use the plant to manufacture GMG’s Graphene Aluminium Ion Battery.

GMG is a clean-technology company which seeks to offer energy saving and energy storage solutions, enabled by graphene.

The company has developed a process to decompose natural gas (i.e. methane) into its elements, carbon (as graphene), hydrogen and some residual hydrocarbon gases which produces high quality, low cost, scalable and low/no contaminant graphene suitable for use in clean technology.

The $2m grant was obtained through the State Government’s $100m Queensland Critical Minerals and Battery Technology Fund.

The fund aims to support business to compete globally by enhancing the extraction and processing of critical minerals in Queensland and accelerating the development of battery technologies.

GMG CEO Craig Nicol said the company was committed to supporting the Critical Mineral and Battery Manufacturing Industry in the state.

“This is great recognition for GMG and GMG’s next generation Graphene Aluminium Ion Battery and further shows the progress of the battery’s development,” he said.