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Renewable carbon 


“Innovations in cannabis with a focus on plant biomass energy storage

Our research indicates we can develop further with renewable plant based carbons


Graphitic Carbons 

Carbon Fibre

This a very strong, yet lightweight material. It is currently used in tennis rackets, skis, fishing rods, rockets and aeroplanes.

Activated charcoal

Used for the purification and filtration of water, as well as respirators and kitchen range hoods.


More recent discoveries of carbon nanotubes, other fullerenes and atom thin sheets of graphene have revolutionised hardware developments within the electronics industry. 

Carbon is the building block of the  universe.


NDRI is investigating the possible  applications found in plant based carbons as well as the sourcing of renewable non-mined carbons. NDRI believes these will play a vital role in the future of how we, as a species, develop more sustainable mainstream industry practises and meet the net carbon 2050 goals being laid out across the globe.

These play an important role in electrochemical technologies such as the performance of electrodes in batteries and fuel cells, as well as making the brushes in electric motors and for the lining in a furnace.

Plant Power

Hemp has the potential to replace timber as our fuel source to produce electricity.  

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NDRI with AHT have created Canna C which is


  • Low-weight

  • High-strength

  • Cost-efficient

  • Conductive with 0 electrical resistance

  • Corrosion and heat resistant

  • A 100% renewable and sustainable carbon



Our activated Carbons are prepared from the raw hemp stem (both bast & hurd) via hydrothermal processing and chemical activation. These are converted into functionalized carbons of a low dimensional structure, due to the certain conditions applied.

The functionalized carbons are used to construct the electrodes of supercapacitor cells, as well as the storage unit in batteries and create conductive inks and paints. The electrochemical performance of functionalized carbons used in batteries is dependant on the activation and processing conditions and the mass ratio of biochar in the chemical activation. 

Both the specific capacitance and capacitance retention increase with the increase of surface area and mesopore fraction. A simple relationship between the specific area capacitance and the fraction of micropores is proposed, via the rule of mixtures, and is supported by the experimental results. This relationship reveals the effect of the distribution of pore sizes on the specific area capacitance of electrochemical double layer capacitors.

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