A new material called graphene will revolutionize the smart home industry and become a key factor in smart home tech advancements and innovations. Although there have been attempts to study graphene since the mid-1800s, it wasn’t until 2004 when scientists discovered and isolated a single atomic layer of carbon for the first time. Since then, research has skyrocketed, and graphene is now considered to be the strongest substance known to science and might be one of the world’s most useful “wonder” materials.
Graphene forms a nearly transparent, flexible sheet about one atom thick (which, to put in perspective, is one million times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair). It is 200 times stronger than steel yet six times lighter. It is a conductor of electrical & thermal energy, it is eco-friendly sustainable, with unlimited possibilities to create the perfect smart home (and more).
1. Smart building
Concrete is the most common building material, along with steel, but greenhouse gas emissions from concrete and cement-making remain high. Cement-making accounts for 6 percent of global carbon emissions. Graphene, when incorporated into concrete and cement, makes for a stronger, more water-resistant composite material that could reduce emissions. This material can be used directly on building sites, enabling construction of strong,durable buildings, using less concrete while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The process reduces roughly half the amount of materials used to make concrete, at a lower cost.
2. Smart paint
Researchers have created a smart graphene coating that indicates breaks and fractures by changing color. This could revolutionize the home inspection process. Graphene also has been used to make eco-friendly paint. Because graphene is a superconductor, the addition of graphene to paint can improve the thermal regulation of buildings, requiring less heating and air conditioning. Graphene’s inclusion in paints, coatings and other building materials greatly enhances strength, durability and coverage.
3. Smart solar
Graphene can be made into transparent solar cells turns any surface into a source of electric power. This tech turns a garage door, window or roof into a solar conductor, while maintaining the desired look of the home.
4. Smart light
Glowing walls could soon replace the light bulb with of glowing “wallpaper”, while providing a more pleasant, adjustable light across a room compared to lightbulbs, and is more energy-efficient. It’s also a highly efficient conductor of both heat and electricity reducing the need for mining copper.
5. Smart sound
To produce sound, regular speakers create a pressure wave in the air by physically moving back and forth. Graphene can create a non-moving solid-state audio device eliminating the need for a large sound system and speakers. Researchers believe they can incorporate speakers into ultra-thin touch screen technologies, in which a screen is able to produce sound on its own.
6. Smart battery
Graphene can make batteries that are light, durable and suitable for high capacity energy storage, as well as shorten charging times. It will extend the battery’s lifetime and will add conductivity without requiring the amounts of carbon that are used in conventional batteries.
7. Smart water
Water conservation is a high priority in our country. Graphene membranes can be used as water filters, filtering 85 percent of salt out of seawater. Although this percentage is not quite pure enough for drinking purposes, it is perfect for agricultural and landscaping use. This help regions affected by the drought, near large bodies of salt water & maintains a modern, low-water landscaping with a eco-friendly solution.