A new and better light bulb. One that is more efficient (uses 10% less energy) than LED lights, and is made from cutting edge innovative material called graphene. Graphene is 100 times stronger than steel, highly conductive with both heat and electricity, and almost transparent. It’s a fantastically advanced material which has many promising characteristics in the sustainable living and renewable energy sectors.
Graphene (/ˈɡræf.iːn/) is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, hexagonal lattice in which one atom forms each vertex. It is the basic structural element of other allotropes, including graphite, charcoal, carbon nanotubes andfullerenes. It can also be considered as an indefinitely large aromatic molecule, the limiting case of the family of flat polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Graphene has many extraordinary properties. It is about 100 times stronger than steel by weight, conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency and is nearly transparent. ~ Wikipedia – Graphene
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What does graphene mean for sustainable living?
Because it’s so versatile, strong, and conductive it’s uses are many. Higher capacity batteries, more efficient solar panels, and more efficient lighting just to name a few of the things that make graphene a very useful material for sustainability. With the capacity to capture more of the Sun’s energy, store more electricty, more efficienty, and use less energy by creating lighting technologies, appliances, and even computers and other mobile electronics using graphene will go a long way to creating a more sustainable way of life.