11/07/2017 - 10:58

Talga taps into concrete innovations

11/07/2017 - 10:58

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Talga Resources has agreed to work with a German building materials producer to explore the use of graphite and graphene to enhance concrete applications.

Talga managing director Mark Thompson (right) with R&D manager Siva Bohm.

Talga Resources has agreed to work with a German building materials producer to explore the use of graphite and graphene to enhance concrete applications.

Perth-based Talga, which owns five graphite projects in Sweden, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Heidelberg Cement to jointly explore business opportunities. The proposal is to use Talga’s graphite and graphene-based materials in carbon to enhance concrete applications in European building and construction projects.

The agreement puts Talga in a similar space to that of Perth-based, US-focused Eden Innovations, which uses its carbon nanotube-focused EdenCrete admixture to enhance the durability and flexibility of concrete.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to work with Heidelberg and its engineering and innovation department,” Talga managing director Mark Thompson said.

“Graphene and graphite enhanced cements/concentrates create opportunities for conductive, stronger and more sustainable building and construction projects.

“A joint test program with the world’s largest concrete aggregate producer is a great validation of that opportunity.”

Talga shares were 1.1 per cent higher to 63.2 cents each at 11am.

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