Over the time, generations have witnessed a number of enhancements in technologies in myriad sectors including the electric bulb. Every new upgrade claims to be more efficient in terms of electricity consumption with better lifespan. Researchers of University of Manchester and the U.K’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) have come up with such an electric bulb, made out of graphene called Graphene Bulb. They claim that Graphene bulb is cheap to manufacture, have low energy emissions and are more durable than currently ruling LED bulbs.
Graphene which is an allotrope of carbon is 200 times stronger than steel and a million times thinner than human hair. The bulb contains an LED light shaped like an incandescent bulb’s filament coated with graphene’s nanotube fibers.
“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,” Colin Bailey, deputy president of the University of Manchester, said in a statement.
Graphene bulb is expected to hit markets in late 2015 while the price of the bulbs may be lower than LED bulbs. There are currently more than 35 companies partnering with the NGI. In 2017, the University will open the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), which will speed up the process of bringing products to market.
Success of Graphene Bulb will encourage researchers to extend the use and application of graphene and to produce efficient products in near future.