Visit with 32-year-old Jacob Cox, owner-operator and lead chemist at Green Graphene LLC, and you will likely become green with envy. Jacob and his wife Anissa envision a graphene-enhanced foot powered generator that could light up big box stores, cities and personal devices – a significant source of power from their graphene-enhanced triboelectric foot-traffic energy harvesting systems.
If you find the idea of foot traffic generated power a bit unusual, even perhaps strange, just take a hike.
Green Graphene is talking to the military about foot-traffic energy harvesting systems. Green Graphene is a small operation, but with a very big reach. The company is a certified vendor for the Department of Defense (DOD) and National Space Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and is a partner working with Graphene Flagship in Europe.
Two Plank Generator
“Basically the generators are two sandwiched individual planks that have the opposing triboelectric charge materials attached to them facing each other. The individual planks are to allow better levitation by magnets which in turn gives a no wear bounce back. The generators are connected via metal film to act as one unit. The metal film connecting the bottom units conducts the stored electricity to the desired output and the metal film connecting the top units completes the circuit to allow flow”, Jacob said explaining how the propriety system works.
“The reason we’re green is we use environmentally-friendly methods and chemicals to produce graphene. For example, potassium ion intercalation of graphite then shearing to separate the layers and for the production of graphene oxide. Our common production method is bottom-up synthesis by using common carbohydrates, as well as emphasizing graphene products that are beneficial to the environment. Our insulation can increase heating and cooling efficiency in addition to our graphene-enhanced energy harvesting system,” Jacob said.
No Pictures, Please
Graphene2D asked for pictures of the foot driven generator but Jacob would not give us even a peak.
“Due to proprietary information of our setup and the sensitivity of our current generator system that will be available in the late summer of this year I sadly can’t give pictures of these.
So how many two-person companies in graphene have certified DOD and NASA vendor agreements, escaped the hectic life of Washington, D.C. for the pastoral good life of Lexington, Virginia?
None is our guess.
And we suspect others in the graphene industry will be a little green with envy at the success this young couple is having.