Graphene lightbulb on way

A graphene lightbulb is set to go on sale, with the promise of lower energy emissions, longer life and reduced manufacturing costs

The lightbulb will be the first commercial application of graphene from the UK and is expected to be on the market within months at a ‘competitive’ cost. It is being produced by Graphene Lighting, a spin-out based on a strategic partnership with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester to create graphene applications. The University of Manchester has a stake in Graphene Lighting.

Professor Colin Bailey, deputy president and deputy vice-chancellor of the universitysaid: “This lightbulb shows that graphene products are becoming a reality, just a little more than a decade after it was first isolated – a very short time in scientific terms.

“This is just the start. Our partners are looking at a range of exciting applications, all of which started right here in Manchester.”

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