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1 June 2017

Newly Launched Graphene-based Paint Aids Temperature Regulation & Cuts Heating Reliance

Graphene has many properties which combine to make it a highly versatile and generally useful material, with applications in a wide variety of fields. Being highly conductive, thin and lightweight, and also incredibly strong, it has been hailed as something of a wonder-material as of late, with increasingly-ingenious uses of the material being developed almost continuously.

The material has been repurposed once again by The Graphene Company, the Spanish producer of an ingenious new paint known as Graphenstone. The paint, which was recently launched in the UK, is claimed by the manufacturer to be the most environmentally-friendly paint available on the market today.

So from where do they derive the basis to make such bold claims? Well, it once again boils down primarily to the properties of the graphene itself; in this case its thin structure and conductive capabilities. The structure is of relatively little importance, expect for the fact that this allows the graphene to be used as a component of such paints without negatively affecting its consistency. The true value of the paint however lies in its conductive properties; this quality allows the paint to better regulate a building’s temperature and thereby reduce heating and cooling demand when used throughout the interior.

Patrick Folkes, Director of The Graphene Company, explained to design website Dezeen: “When used on interior wall surfaces, rather than heat being radiated through the walls, the graphene within the paint captures the heat. It then conducts the heat through the paint, and across the whole Graphenstone-painted surface of interior walls. This enhances the insulation measures used in buildings by slowing heat conduction through walls and out of buildings.”

The thin structure and high strength of graphene also means that much less paint is required in order to achieve an even coat and durable finish. It also makes use of a lime base, known as an effective purifying agent, to absorb odours and carbon dioxide from the air.

Due to its unique composition the paint does come with one prominent downside: a drying time of up to 10 days, much longer than that of conventional paints. However as many people choose to temporarily relocate during a home renovation, and new builds are obviously unoccupied at the relevant stage, this shouldn’t really matter to the end user.

The paint is now available in more than 40 countries, and has already seen use in many hospitals, hotels, and schools.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.