Vorbeck Materials Corp. (Vorbeck) first caught my eye in 2011 when I started to look for investment opportunities in the graphene market. Vorbeck is a renowned technology company that currently sells graphene-based conductive ink to the electronic application market. According to its website, it’s also the first and only company to receive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval for the commercial production and sale of graphene-based products.
For me, the most interesting of its projects is the company’s effort, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) and Princeton University, to commercialise next generation lithium batteries incorporating graphene technology.
Vorbeck says on its website it is partnering with Hardwire LLC to integrate the new batteries into hybrid military vehicles and is collaborating with other companies to incorporate the new technology within toys, tools, and commercial vehicles. This particular development sounds like a tremendous investment opportunity to my ears; I’m a firm believer in the upcoming energy storage bull market and the pivotal role graphene will play in it.
The decision to feature Vorbeck prominently on my blog was influenced by two recent announcements: In December 2011 the company completed a fully subscribed series 3 financing deal, totalling $10 million. Black Powder, LLC and Fairbridge Venture Partners, LP led the round, which included 15 additional investors. This puts the company in a strong position to develop further. Then in February 2012 Vorbeck was one of three winners to be named by the Department of Energy as America’s Next Top Energy Innovator. This achievement bodes well for the company’s future.
However, it’s not clear to me at this point how I could invest in Vorbeck. For starters, I can’t find a link for investors on its website. All I know at this point is that the company did some series financing in the past few years…certainly an interesting starting point for the journey I’ll describe on this blog!