UBCO Special Research Project – “BDV” Biomass Derived VAGNA (Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)

UBCO Special Research Project – “BDV” Biomass Derived VAGNA (Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)

Biomass Derived VAGNA

(Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)


Creating Rechargeable Battery Material

Our Blue Planet (OBP) is pleased to announce a special research project in conjunction with the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Engineering Department for the development of “BDV” Biomass Derived Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays (VAGNAs). Dr. Lukas Bichler is the supervising Professor of the special research project.

Derived from 100% sustainable waste wood products, the structured VAGNAs have been shown to be an extremely conductive material, suitable for use in rechargeable batteries and other energy storage devices.

Using a proprietary OBP process, we hope to demonstrate alignment and customization of pore size range spanning from macro, meso, micro to promote superior ion exchange, faster charge times, and superior energy density.

The use of biomass to create graphene nano arrays in the most sustainable way as possible was the overall project driver. Having zero petroleum based carbons as a battery anode will have a dramatic reduction in GHG emissions, and will deviate from current battery anode graphite that is derived from environmentally damaging extractive processes such as mining or from fossil fuel products.

UBC Okanagan Engineering Department:
Research Assistant Madisyn Szypula, with Our Blue Planet President Scott Farnham, in Lab with precursor biomass material.

Climate Change Week 2019

Climate Change Week 2019




It is very fitting that on the fourth anniversary of co-cofounding Our Blue Planet it is also Climate Change week. Unless you’re living in a cave you will have seen the thousands and thousands of protesters and young people striking out of school and work to get the attention of our political decision makers.

Their message is clear: 




We are being schooled by the children of the world. They know what needs to be done, NOW. They deserve to have the same luxuries of fresh air and water that we had the pleasure of enjoying growing up. If we do not commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – 2030 Agenda, we will have nothing left to leave our children.

  • We are speaking to YOU: Governments, Companies (private, public, big or small), Organizations and Groups, Non Profits, Academia, Military and Families… every single person on the planet


This is not a problem “out there” that “someone else” will take care of. As a human being you have a responsibility to do the right things.

  • We implore you to start something today within your sphere of influence to make a sustainable change.
  • Create a “Sustainability Challenge” and invite your boss, peers, colleagues, neighbours, parents, siblings to participate…


If you don’t know where to start, please reach out to our experts and we will guide you.
Press on the link below to be taken to the website:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – 2030 Agenda