Cealtech: Ready for mass production of supermaterial

The Norwegian company Cealtech will start production of graphene – a material that can be important in everything from oil and gas to electronics, solar, medicine and spacecraft.

“It sounds like a material that will be a major revolution for new material technologies in the future,” says Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.

She newly met the Norwegian company that will soon mass-produce the super material graphene – known to be the thinnest and strongest material that has been created, with the potential to revolutionize a number of industries.

After the meeting Solberg said that it is important that we are able to develop new technologies.

“Norway is a country that is very good at material technology. It has been a priority since the early 80’s.

Super material

The material with a number of unusual characteristics, one of them being that it is 200 times stronger than steel, but very flexible, was first isolated by physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004 – with the help of a fairly common piece of tape and graphite.

The two later won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work with graphene.

The structure of the material is only one atom thick, based on carbon-shape graphite, with qualities that allow applications that span from industries such as oil and gas to electronics, solar, medicine and spacecraft.

– It’s a supermaterial. If we can find large-volume applications for graphene at sufficiently low prices, we will enter into a new age, says Lars Helge Helvig.

He is the largest owner and Acting General Manager of the Stavanger-based company Cealtech.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg met Cealtech in Oslo last Tuesday. From right: David Boyd at Caltech University, Technical Manager Marius Andreassen Jakobsen in Cealtech and Acting General Manager in Cealtech, Lars Helge Helvig.