Graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over one hundred times compared with current technologies, University of Manchester research indicates.
Despite the miniaturisation and energy requirements of modern electronics, battery technology has lagged behind. Modern lithium ion batteries suffer from slow charging times and a relatively short effective lifetime.
Graphene can be incorporated into battery technology to greatly enhance its efficiency. Graphene enhanced batteries would be much lighter and could replace existing heavy lithium ion batteries especially in industries such as aerospace where weight is important - reducing this lowers fuel consumption. Graphene enhanced batteries could also lead to personal portable energy storage.