VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. (CSE: HG) (OTCQB: HGCPF) (the “Company” or “HydroGraph”), a manufacturer of high-quality nanomaterials, today announced that application of its graphene improves the operating life of base oil lubricants by more than 24 times and reduces the coefficient of friction by 70%. The global lubrication market is a US$136 billion industry with virtually all moving parts requiring some form of lubrication. Most lubricants over time degrade, requiring machine shut down and replacement and disposal of lubricants, but the low coefficient of friction of lubricants with HydroGraph’s graphene reduces mechanical wear, break downs and downtime, while extending the lubricant lifecycle.
For example, an average car in the US requires engine oil to be changed 4 times a year. These advances could potentially lead to never having to change the oil in the vehicle, as well as the environmental benefit of less oil refining to make lubricants and less lubricant to dispose of.
HydroGraph tested the lubricating properties of commercial base oil in a traditional setting, compared to using its graphene as an ultra-low weight percentage additive. To test the properties, a series of sweeping speed trials were conducted until the point of lubrication failure. Without graphene, the base oil could no longer provide adequate lubrication and reached a failure point after three trials. With the addition of HydroGraph’s graphene to the base oil, 72 speed trials were achieved with no signs of hitting a failure point.
"Our graphene as a lubricant additive has shown an outstanding ability to reduce friction and minimize wear. It has the potential to replace toxic and environmentally damaging additives which plague the oil industry,” said Ranjith Divigalpitiya, CSO. “Our graphene can be used in a wide array of applications, and we are just scratching the surface.”
The study found, as wear began to occur on the surface of the plates, HydroGraph’s graphene deposited and filled in the gaps, forming a lubricating layer of graphene. This prevented metal-on-metal contact leading to reduced wear and boundary layer friction, increasing the operating life of base oil by more than 24 times. Ongoing testing is expected to confirm further expected benefits including anti-static, anticorrosive and favorable thermal properties.
"By enhancing the performance of lubricants, as well as a recently announced study showing improved performance of lithium-oxygen batteries, HydroGraph is quickly demonstrating its graphene as a powerful additive in improving the performance and durability of advanced materials,” said Stuart Jara, a director and Chief Executive Officer of HydroGraph.
HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. was founded in 2017 to fund and commercialize green, cost-effective processes to manufacture high-purity graphene and other nano materials at scale. The Company acquired the exclusive license to produce both graphene and hydrogen through their patented detonation process from Kansas State University. More information about the Company and its products can be found on the HydroGraph website. www.hydrograph.com/
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