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Norway company could put bendable mobiles within reach. Norwegian Graphite is to conduct test drilling in to northern Norwegian mines in the hunt for more graphite. This could be used for a substance called graphene, hundreds of times stronger than steel and flexible. The hunt for graphite is on in the Sortland and Meløy municipalities in northern Norway, NRK reports. There has been little industrial activity in the Meløy after its mine was closed down in 1980. The last period, in which mica was produced for just 10 years in the '70s, was a mere interlude compared to the heyday of mining in the region between 1932 and 1945.

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Norway company could put bendable mobiles within reach

Published on Friday, 3rd May, 2013 at 20:18 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

Norwegian Graphite is to conduct test drilling in to northern Norwegian mines in the hunt for more graphite. This could be used for a substance called graphene, hundreds of times stronger than steel and flexible.

Graphene
Graphene
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The hunt for graphite is on in the Sortland and Meløy municipalities in northern Norway, NRK reports.

There has been little industrial activity in the Meløy after its mine was closed down in 1980. The last period, in which mica was produced for just 10 years in the '70s, was a mere interlude compared to the heyday of mining in the region between 1932 and 1945.

Norwegian Graphite now has started its test drilling due to the discovery of the new substance called graphene.

Graphene, a very light material composed of pure carbon, is considered to be 300 times stronger than steel but at the same time bendable. Areas of utilization are first and foremost in TVs, PCs, and lithium batteries.

In the future, it could give flexible mobile phones, ultrafast electronics, or even artificial retinas.

Another mine at the island of Senja is the only place in Western Europe where graphite is mined so far. However the company hopes that the test drilling can produce new working places in the abandoned industrial areas in the North.

Finn Nordmo at the Meløy business development park is slightly optimistic for now.

"Between 30 and 40 new jobs could be created if full production is started at Meløy," Mr Nordmo said.

Best results so far have come from the drilling in Sortland, though.

Norwegian Graphite’s Rasmus Blomquist told the broadcaster that "there might be mining again already this year if the test results prove right."

Nordic Graphite Ltd, based in London, owns Norwegian Graphite.




Published on Friday, 3rd May, 2013 at 20:18 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

This post has the following tags: norwaymining, graphene.


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