MANHATTAN (KSNT) — A Canadian company announced Tuesday that it will open a new manufacturing facility in Manhattan.
HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. will use its new facility to produce graphene, a nanomaterial used by a wide range of industries, as well as hydrogen for alternative energy fuels. Manhattan was chosen as the new location because Hydrograph has worked with Kansas State University for several years.
“The proximity of our manufacturing facility to our research partners at Kansas State University will help us maintain our competitive edge with a virtuous cycle between our commercial production and continued R&D (research and development),” said Stuart Jara, managing director of HydroGraph. .
HydroGraph exclusively licensed the patented detonation process first discovered by Chris Sorensen, a K-State University professor and distinguished professor at Cortelyou-Rust University, in 2017. According to Jara, the method of Sorensen creates the most consistent, high quality and economical process. – efficient graphene available on the market and leaves the lowest environmental footprint.
“Watching the research grow from a patentable discovery to an international enterprise has been an exciting and rewarding process,” said Aarushi Gupta, Licensing Partner at K-State Innovation Partners. “The global impact of our world-class researchers is truly incredible.”
Production is expected to begin in the Manhattan pilot facility as early as fall 2022. The location has been established in an existing building in Pottawatomie County. The company plans to expand to a larger production plant and create more than 100 well-paying jobs in the Manhattan area.
“HydroGraph is the type of business we want to attract to Kansas, and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen Manhattan as their new home,” said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. “International investment and innovation-based growth are important economic drivers for Kansas, and we are proud to partner with HydroGraph to grow the innovation ecosystem in the state.”
K-State Innovation Partners and Manhattan Knowledge-Based Economic Development worked together to facilitate the company’s manufacturing presence in the region.
“This project aligns with our community’s economic development strategies to drive innovation and entrepreneurship and is a great example of how targeted economic growth can work when academic, community and industry partners come together around common purpose,” said Jason Smith, president and CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the board of KBED.