Understanding Graphene: Part 4 – The Hammock Index

Graphene: Wonder material, a solution looking for a problem, a source of riches. It also a source of immense frustration that we cannot make the stuff in the large-scale sheets needed to realise this potential. ‘Hold on’, I hear you say, ‘surely there are lots of people making graphene?’ There are indeed many organisations making graphene. To be precise there are 63 organisations around the world producing…

Pacific North West Capital builds green profile on lithium and platinum metals

July 29, 2016 -- Pacific North West Capital Corp. (TSXV: PFN | OTCQB: PAWEF | Frankfurt: PJ7) is a mineral exploration company focused on the discovery, exploration and development of one of Canada's largest primary platinum group metals (PGM) deposits, the River Valley PGM Project, located in the Sudbury region of Northern Ontario. The company also has a lithium division with five projects, four in Manitoba and…

Hinterland Metals to add lithium to the Abitibi Greenstone Belt output

Hinterland Metals Inc. (TSXV: HMI) is a mineral exploration company focused on the Abitibi Greenstone Belt in Quebec. The Abitibi is Canada's most prolific mining region both in terms of historic and current mineral production. Over one hundred mines have contributed to impressive historical production statistics that include: 18 billion pounds (8.2 million tonnes) of copper  35 billion pounds (15.9 million tonnes) of zinc  161 million ounces…

Lifton on Recycling Lithium Ion Battery Systems

The recycling of lithium ion batteries (LiBs) cannot today be profitable solely from recovering the lithium used in their construction for the purpose of re-refining it and offering it for sale into the lithium battery construction materials market. But LiB recycling can be made profitable at the present time through the extraction of an optimum amount of the total recoverable specialization value in a LiB system. Most…

Amanda Lacaze of Lynas on recent rare earth trends

July 28, 2016 -- There seems little need to introduce Lynas Corporation Ltd. (ASX: LYC | OTC: LYSDY) to readers; after all, it appears, each time we write about this Australian rare earths producer, it unleashes a torrent of well-informed (and sometimes torrid) comment from InvestorIntel readers. Lynas remains a company of red-hot interest to investors.  Lynas has been back in the news of late, reporting record…

China demand for bauxite holds prices

Bauxite prices over the last year have held up while those of other commodities fell drastically. As ever, the main driver behind these prices was China, whose demand created a spot market for bauxite. However, given the capital costs associated with smelters and refiners, the aluminium industry in the West has largely been vertically integrated right back to the bauxite mines themselves. In fact, at present there…

Almonty to position as China tungsten output plateaus

It seems that the tungsten market is getting tighter. Prices for ammonium paratungstate (APT) have been firming, and that is also the case with ferro-tungsten. Buyers have apparently become concerned that Chinese supply of both mined tungsten concentrate and ferro-tungsten are stalling at present levels and the chance of lower price quotes disappearing. But it is not before time, given the poor prices that prevailed in late…

Gold breaks psychological barrier of $1,300/oz

The investor demand for gold as a safe haven asset in 2016 has been well documented with the yellow metal up around 30% so far this year. Gold has recently broken through the psychologically important barrier of $1300/oz and is still finding overall bidding interest despite the slight declines in the price during the last few weeks. This is no surprise given the overall weak economic growth…

Turkey – Treasure Chest or Lobster Trap?

In their heyday, one of the principles that the Rothschilds (supposedly) operated by was that the best time to invest was “when the blood was running in the streets”. In more recent times the mantra has been cited by Mark Mobius, the guru/PM of Templeton as a measure for testing emerging markets for investability. By this criteria Turkey would certainly be a very attractive market for bottom-fishers…

Graphene 101 — Adrian Nixon explains the basics

July 26, 2016 -- Who is making graphene and where — that is an important thing to know. The author of the new Global Graphene Manufacturing Report, Adrian Nixon, asked this basic question when writing his columns for InvestorIntel. Adrian was surprised there was no single authoritative source of information about the state of the art of graphene manufacture worldwide. So he has created one for InvestorIntel.…

H20 Innovation’s growing reach in the water and wastewater business

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July 26, 2016 -- H20 Innovation Inc. (TSXV: HEO | OTCQX: HEOFF) is known for its state of the art water and wastewater treatment systems. Through the years, the company has developed a strong knowledge of membrane filtration and a solid understanding of the water industry. It offers complete engineering services, in-house manufacturing and thorough after-sales service. The company is now in the process of acquiring Utility…

InvestorIntel Report: The big cobalt catch-up; Cruz makes another move; Investor excitement; Top performers

Here’s the big cobalt question: why did it take so long? By that, I mean, why did it take so long for the market, and miners, to realize that — with the expected huge surge in demand for lithium-ion batteries — there would also be a large rise in demand for cobalt. Sure, some people were aware of it. Back in 2007, for example, the CEO of a small…

HPQ Silicon confirms greater than 99.9% purity silicon metal, waits for next results

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (TSXV: HPQ) announced the results of multiple lab analyses showing PyroGenesis’ PurevapTm Quartz Vaporization Reactor (QVR) output at greater than 99.9% purity. This marks a significant threshold in the technology’s path to commercialization and shareholders should pay close attention as the final purity level in ppb (parts per billion) has yet to be determined because the impurities in the samples were below the…

Iron giants go separate lithium ways

If you look at the latest operational report out this week from global mining major Rio Tinto, it lists its Jadar lithium and borates project in Serbia as being one of its slate of early-stage projects. Indeed, the coverage of the report by the Australian Financial Review concluded with the remark that, of all Rio's new project line-up, Jadar was far and away the most exciting. Two…

Gold – the strategic investment metal

A funny thing happened after Great Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 23. According to Reuters, the British people quickly rediscovered their need for some gold reassurance. From Reuters “After Brexit, ordinary Britons warm to gold as a safe haven” "Dealers are seeing an unprecedented amount of interest in gold, much of it from first-time buyers, to take advantage of its role as a safe…

Lifton challenges the WSJ editorial on Honda no longer using heavy rare earths

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This morning The Wall Street Journal editorial page, no less, “reports” that Honda will no longer use “heavy” rare earths in its “hybrid” car engines after 2017. What the WSJ editorial staff does not understand is that this is shilling for Honda and says nothing about the use of rare earths in general for EVs, electrified, not hybrid, vehicles. Honda is among the world’s largest manufacturers of…

Petersen on the challenges of storing electricity generated from solar panels

July 20, 2016 -- InvestorIntel senior editor John Petersen wrote here last week that "since our planet has roughly 5,500,000 MW of installed generating capacity, the 9,025 MW of installed new technology energy storage is little more than a tentative first step in the right direction. We’re all trying to figure out where the path leads from here." Now, in an interview with InvestorIntel Publisher Tracy Weslosky,…

Recycling Recycling: the great lithium challenge

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The first words of the title of this article are intended to be read, respectively, as an adjective and a noun. I want to address the topic of recycling with the focus of the discussion to encompass the conservation of the rare technology metals. Ironically the main driver for the extensive and — in the cases of iron, copper (the key technology metal) and lead — comprehensive…
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Ucore Announces Closing of Royalty Conversion

July 29, 2016 (Source) -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:UCU) (OTCQX:UURAF) ("Ucore" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it closed on the conversion of the final $450,002 investment in the Royalty Agreement previously announced on July 6,…

Canadian Metals to Amend PEA and Announces Granting of an MCTO

July 29, 2016 (Source) -- Canadian Metals Inc. (the "Corporation") (CSE:CME) was informed by the Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF") that the technical report titled NI 43-101 Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Langis Silica Deposit and Metallurgical Silicon Processing Plant…

Search Minerals Announces Proposed Warrant Extension

July 28, 2016 (Source) -- Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") (TSXV: SMY), is pleased to announce that it will be applying to the TSX Venture Exchange for approval to the extension of the expiry date for the following…

U3O8 Corp. Announces Changes to its Board of Directors

July 28, 2016 (Source) -- U3O8 Corp. (TSX: UWE; OTCQX:  UWEFF; SSE:  UWECL) announces the appointment of Darin Milmeister to its Board of Directors and the resignation of John Ross as a director. Mr. Ross will continue in his management…

Otis Initiates 2016 Kilgore Drill Program

July 25, 2016 (Source) -- Otis Gold Corp. ("Otis" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:OOO)(OTC PINK:OGLDF) is pleased to announce that it has commenced a first phase 5,500-meter, 20-hole drill program at its flagship Kilgore Gold Project, Clark County, Idaho. This…

Cruz Capital Corp to Acquire Six Cobalt Prospects

July 25, 2016 (Source) -- Cruz Capital Corp (TSXV: CUZ) (OTC: BKTPF) has entered into a share purchase agreement with Cobalt Locaters Inc. The assets of Cobalt Locaters Inc. consist of 6 separate cobalt prospects. 4 are located in Ontario…

Electrovaya Joins the OTCQX Market in the United States

July 22, 2016 (Source) -- Electrovaya (TSX: EFL) (OTCQX: EFLVF) today announced that it has been approved to trade on the OTCQX Best Market in the United States under the symbol "EFLVF." Electrovaya will continue to trade on the Toronto…

Signature Announces Closing of Final Tranche of Private Placement

July 21, 2016 (Source) -- Signature Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SGU)(OTC PINK:SGGTF) ("Signature" or the "Company") is pleased to announce today that it closed the second and final tranche (the "Second Tranche") of its unit (the "Units") financing (the "Financing") initially…

Harte Gold Closes Private Placement & Announces Strategic Investor

July 21, 2016 (Source) -- HARTE GOLD CORP. ("Harte Gold") (TSX:HRT)(OTC:HRTFF)(FRANKFURT:H4O) has raised gross proceeds of $4,050,000 pursuant to the closing on July 20, 2016 of a non-brokered private placement of 13,500,000 Units ("Units") priced at $0.30 per Unit. Each…

Cancana JV Discovers Gold Anomalies on Rondonia Property Package

July 19, 2016 (Source) -- Multi-commodity team returns early positive results Pan concentrate and soil sampling outlines multiple gold anomalies Reconnaissance pan program and soil sampling program continues Cancana Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:CNY) (the "Company" or "Cancana") and its…
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