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OCSiAl Launches Worlds Largest Production Facility of Graphene Nanotubes in Novosibirsk


On 11 February, OCSiAl, RUSNANOs portfolio company, announced the launch of a new graphene nanotube synthesis unit with a production capacity of 50 tons per year in Novosibirsk Akademgorodok (Academic Town). The unit, currently the largest in the world, is called Graphetron 50. The launch of Graphetron 50 helped strengthen OCSiAls leading position in the global market: the companys graphene nanotube production capacity now makes up for more than 90% of the worlds.

The announcement that OCSiAls Graphetron 50 unit, which began operating in test mode in 2019, has reached its planned production capacity of 50 tons of graphene nanotubes per year came at its official opening, attended by the Governor of Novosibirsk Region, Andrey Travnikov, and Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO MC LCC, Anatoly Chubais.

Before our very eyes, a start-up from Novosibirsk Akademgorodok, which essentially began with one very ambitious idea: to create a completely new material of the future, has grown into a global market leader with its industrial-scale technologies for production of graphene nanotubes. And in 2019, it became the first and, for now, only unicorn in the material based sector in our country. Today, as the worlds largest nanotube synthesis unit is being launched, I am proud of the entire project team led by Yuri Koropachinskiy and Mikhail Predtechenskiy, as well as of the fact that RUSNANO became the first external investor that believed in the future of this project, its leaders and the unique material they created, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO MC LCC, Anatoly Chubais, said.

Currently, OCSiAl owns the worlds only scalable technology for industrial synthesis of graphene nanotubes and is the world leader in terms of production capacity. The creator behind this unique technology is Mikhail Predtechenskiy, a Russian Physicist and Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In 2015, OCSiAl synthesized its first commercial batch of graphene nanotubes1.2 tons, which exceeded the entire volume of this material produced since its discovery in 1991. Construction of the second synthesis unit, Graphetron 50, began in Novosibirsk in 2016. The construction work was funded with the help of a concessional loan from the Industrial Development Fund. The total cost of the project was RUB 1.3 bln. Today, the first Graphetron 1.0 unit produces 25 tons per year, and Graphetron 5050 tons. Currently, the total combined capacity of the two OCSiAl synthesis units is 75 tons of graphene nanotubes per year, which are sold on the global market under the TUBALL brand. "At the moment, OCSiAls production capacity is 75 tons of graphene nanotubes per year. Growth in their consumption directly correlates to the evolution of electric transport. If we take into account official plans of the largest automobile manufacturers, lithium-ion batteries alone will require more than 250 tons of graphene nanotubes in 2025," President of OCSiAl, Yuri Koropachinskiy said.

During the official opening of Graphetron 50, reporters were told about the companys current projects in Russia and abroad. The main markets for TUBALL nanotubes and their concentrates are in Asia and Europe. Together with its Russian partners, OCSiAl is developing novel uses of graphene nanotubes so that they can then be utilized worldwide. For example, antistatic composite floors, fiberglass pipes and reinforced asphalt concrete are some of the unique products developed and first used in Russia.

"Todays event would not have been possible without our joint collaboration with the academic community, scientists and the education system, or all the work to deal with the biggest challenge facing the current stage of scientific and technological development in Russia, i.e. that of transferring knowledge to businesses, and discoveries to industries. And the launch of the second unit for the synthesis of graphene nanotubes serves as a truly outstanding and successful example of solving this problem," Andrey Travnikov stated.

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