Good news for technology metals: renewables are booming

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In the first quarter of 2015, many clean-tech funds handily outperformed the S&P 500. That from international consulting firm McKinsey & Co. And one more piece of good news: McKinsey estimates that the cost of producing lithium-ion batteries, now about $400 per kilowatt hour, could go as low as $150 by 2020. If the report (Lower oil prices but more renewables: What’s going on?) is right, then the rare earth elements used in various renewable technologies, along with silver, lithium, graphite and others are assured of a bright future. The trend…

Next Steps at Great Lakes Graphite

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Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) is holding its shareholder meeting today in Toronto, Ontario. Since no nominees apart from management’s slate of directors has appeared, it’s probable that management's nominees will be elected to execute on the company’s business plan. The shareholder circular is here at SEDAR. Also on the agenda are the usual shareholder house-keeping proposals. It is this team, led by Paul Gorman, CEO, that will have to propel the company's business plan forward, driven in part by the June 17/15 press release in which Great Lakes Graphite announced…

Talga Resources’ on breaking the cost barrier for producing graphene

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June 23, 2015 — InvestorIntel Publisher Tracy Weslosky in an interview with Mark Thompson, Managing Director for Talga Resources Ltd. (ASX: TLG) discuss operating what is arguably the world's highest grade NI 43-101resource for graphite. A resource-based company, Talga is now moving into the technology materials space with plans to start producing commercial-grade graphene at one of the most cost effective prices in the world. Tracy Weslosky: Mark I don't think I've ever worked harder to get a client then I worked to get you. I got up several mornings in…

Lifton on the “GLARE” of Technology Materials: Graphite, Lithium and Rare Earths

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A New Due Diligence Paradigm for Natural Resource Production I sincerely hope to offend the bulk of my fellow sector analysts with this essay. I am today going to discuss technology, innovation, and the near-term value of so-called “disruptive technologies.” Although we all believe that we are able to recognize new technologies, in general, we in fact only see and hear about  consumer-product ( i.e., mass produced) technologies, because those are the only ones that main stream media journalists understand well enough to notice and report. And more to the point…

Northern Graphite – Purity Matters

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Purity matters in graphite because a higher carbon content and larger mesh size usually translate to higher value. No two graphite deposits are the same. A review of Northern Graphite's press releases shows that it has spent considerable effort educating the markets about the special purity of its Bissett Creek graphite deposit. Northern Graphite's latest substantive press release (not including the MD&A and financials) from March 2, 2015 looked at the independent testing results carried out on that graphite by NGS Naturgraphit GmbH. Naturgraphit tested large flake and combined XXL /…

Talga sets cracking pace in graphene race

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Not such a bad deal to acquire, for just $433,500 and a 1% smelter royalty (with just $43,000 to take the option in the first place), and end up with, one, an established graphite deposit and, two, something with a type of graphite that lends itself to comparatively simple processing into graphene. Yes, of course we are talking about Talga Resources (ASX:TLG) and its graphite play in Sweden. Now, of course, we know that the company has a project which it says allows for large-scale commercial graphene applications to go ahead,…

Ecclestone on German investors banking on a mining market recovery

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June 15, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Christopher Ecclestone a Principal and mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel discuss why the German investor is of increasing interest to public companies in the emerging markets and how he will be championing the new InvestorIntel site targeted for launch in mid-August. Christopher provides insight on the German investor and why “the TSX could wake up in 4 or 5 years from now and find that more volume is being done in Germany…

Dr. Flint on Graphite Deposits: Potential Based on Processing

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An analysis of the current junior mining projects, both public and private, around the world suggests that the following production figures are theoretically available. Thus, it is possible to produce the graphite required by the battery industry by 2020 (rounded to the closest 50,000). All processing assumes purification only to 90-93% with the remaining upgrading done at a specialized refinery. Costs are not considered in this review. Class 1A: The most common source of graphite currently being explored originates from carbonate rocks. Calcium carbonate contains 12% carbon by mass. Pure calcium carbonate…

Graphene: Emerging signs of commercial impact?

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“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future” So said Nobel Laureate Nils Bohr.  Well, I’m not a Nobel Prize winner (and no desire to be one either) so I’ll be brave and have a go at peeking into the near future for a specific area. Those of you who have read my previous columns will know that I’m a little sceptical of some of the claims for graphene applications because it is rather hard to make the large-scale sheets of the stuff for the electronic devices of the…

Elcora – Fast-tracking Graphite to Production.

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Flinders Resources (TSXV: FDR) (with its Woxna mine) and Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA) (with its Ragadera mine) are the Roadrunners of the graphite industry. Most of the rest though are destined to be like Wile E. Coyote, looking down to find they have nothing underneath them. This is an all too familiar situation for those that have watched the Rare Earth space in recent years. The difference between the two pacers in the graphite industry and the “rest” is that both Flinders and Elcora took on recently producing graphite mines with…
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News Releases & Media

Northern Graphite Corp.: IIROC Trading Resumption

July 3, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Trading resumes in: Company: Northern Graphite Corp. TSX-Venture Symbol: NGC Resumption (ET): 8:00 AM IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt) of trading in a security of a publicly-listed company. Trading halts are implemented to ensure a fair and orderly market. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all…

Northern Graphite Files Final Prospectus for Equity Offering

July 2, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Northern Graphite Corporation ("Northern" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NGC)(OTCQX:NGPHF) is pleased to announce that it has filed and obtained a receipt for a final short form prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia for a proposed public offering of up to 4,166,667…

Northern Graphite Corp.: IIROC Trading Halt

July 2, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: Northern Graphite Corp. TSX-Venture Symbol: NGC Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET): 15:12 PM IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt) of trading in a security of a publicly-listed company. Trading halts are implemented to…

Great Lakes Graphite Closes Financing for Matheson Micronization Facility

July 2, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. ("GLK" or the "Company" (TSX VENTURE:GLK)(OTC PINK:GLKIF)(FRANKFURT:8GL) announced today that the Company has closed the financing announced on June 25, 2015 to provide project funding for the recommissioning of the Matheson Graphite Micronization Facility. The financing has been structured as a debenture, (the "Note") that provides the Company with debt…

Graphene’s potential sparks a flurry of mining companies exploring for graphite

July 2, 2015 (Source: ABC News) -- It is 200 times stronger than steel, as transparent as glass, flexible and can conduct electricity more efficiently than copper. Fundamentally, graphene is a single layer of graphite and is tipped to change the way we produce things like computers, mobile phones and aviation materials. It was only discovered a decade ago, when…

Alabama Graphite Announces Closing of $2.875 Million Brokered Private Placement

July 2, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALP)(OTCQX:ABGPF)(FRANKFURT:1AG)(WKN:A1J35M)(ISIN# CA0102931080) is pleased to announce the closing of its private placement (the "Private Placement") as previously announced on June 17, 2015 led by First Republic Capital Corporation ("First Republic") to raise gross proceeds of $2,875,000, which amount includes First Republic's option to have sold such number of additional…

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles

June 30, 2015 (Source: Rice University) -- Flexing graphene may be the most basic way to control its electrical properties, according to calculations by theoretical physicists at Rice University and in Russia. The Rice lab of Boris Yakobson in collaboration with researchers in Moscow found the effect is pronounced and predictable in nanocones and should apply equally to other forms…

Aussie mine set to become source of almost magical material graphene

June 30, 2015 (Source: Sydney Morning Herald) -- An Australian mine is at the forefront of producing a magical material that could revolutionise the way we make everything around us. It's not often that a Nobel Prize winner is created using nothing more than a roll of sticky tape and the lead found in pencils, but that's exactly how graphene…

Great Lakes Graphite Inc.: IIROC Trading Resumption

June 26, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Trading resumes in: Company: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. TSX-Venture Symbol: GLK Resumption (ET): 9:30 AM IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt) of trading in a security of a publicly-listed company. Trading halts are implemented to ensure a fair and orderly market. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all…

Great Lakes Graphite Secures Financing For Micronization Plant

June 25, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. ("GLK" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GLK)(OTC PINK:GLKIF)(FRANKFURT:8GL) announced today that the Company has entered into an agreement with F2 Capital of Lincoln, Massachusetts to provide project funding for the recommissioning of the Matheson Graphite Micronization Facility. The financing has been structured as a debenture, (the "Note") that provides the Company with debt…

Breakthrough in graphene production could trigger revolution in artificial skin development

June 25, 2015 (Source: University of Exeter) -- A pioneering new technique to produce high-quality, low cost graphene could pave the way for the development of the first truly flexible ‘electronic skin’, that could be used in robots. Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered an innovative new method to produce the wonder material Graphene significantly cheaper, and easier,…

Great Lakes Graphite Inc.: IIROC Trading Halt

June 25, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: GREAT LAKES GRAPHITE INC TSX-Venture Symbol: GLK Reason: Pending Clarification of News Halt Time (ET): 9:29 AM IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt) of trading in a security of a publicly-listed company. Trading halts are implemented to ensure a fair and orderly…
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