(Yicai Global) Oct. 9 -- Chinese coke company Baotailong New Materials has completed construction of a CNY66.2 million (USD9.6 million) graphene production project in the north of the country and has launched trial-stage operations.
Baotailong completed all work on the facility located in its hometown of Qitaihe in northern Heilongjiang province at the end of last month, the firm said in a statement. The plant boasts an annual graphene output of 50 tons.
The company will apply to the relevant departments for production licenses after it has completed half a year of trial production. Baotailong completed construction and equipment installation at the end of July and began commissioning and product process adjustments in August.
The company will expand capacity to yearly output will to 150 tons once the project enters full-scale production, which is in addition to the 100 tons per year made through chemical techniques.
Compared with the physical technique, the chemical technique, mainly used in the civilian field, is quite complicated and produces graphene of a lower quality, despite higher output. Physical production results in a lower yield and high energy consumption but higher product quality. It is used for military and other high-end fields.
Editors: William Clegg