Rodeo – Round-up of Latin American Mining – Part 2

It seems a good moment to review what has transpired, what has changed and what might happen when financing improves.. This we shall do here on a country by country basis with Part 1 covering Argentina to Colombia. Part 2 covers Ecuador to Venezuela. Ecuador – Viva la Banana Unfortunately for miners this quintessential banana republic discovered oil and thus felt it did not need to get “down and dirty” with developing a mining industry. Unfortunately the government also failed to notice that the oil industry hardly makes any jobs and…

Triton Minerals Beats All Expectations with Maiden JORC Resource

On October 21st, Triton Minerals (ASX: TON) announced its much anticipated maiden JORC compliant mineral resource estimate for the Nicanda Hill graphite deposit at the Balama North project in Mozambique. The company's management team promised it would be good, and they more than delivered. Not only is the maiden resource the largest known in the world, but it includes both Indicated and Inferred categories. There was a possibility that the maiden resource would only be Inferred, however due to the shallow depth and proven wide-scale dissemination (high continuity) of the deposit,…

Building a global mine-to-renewable energy business platform

When a kind word is spoken and praise is heaped upon a technology mining conglomerate by the doyen of the renewable energy sector, it doesn’t go unnoticed by our editorial team. Grafoid CEO Gary Economo and his partner teams at Focus Graphite, Stria Lithium, Hydro-Quebec, Braille Battery and Alcereco are responsible for why I am writing a commentary that was published this week by Jim Greenberger, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries ("NAATBatt")...to me, this is the most aggressive and revolutionary market to be in -- as I stare at…

Elcora Resources changes its name and focus on the Graphene revolution

October 15, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews Dr. Ian Flint, VP of processing and Refining at Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA), a world renowned expert on graphene, about the kind of graphite that is best suited to produce graphene. The main advantage of Elcora’s Sri Lankan graphite is that it comes out of the ground already possessing purity levels of about 93%, presenting an orderly crystal like structure. This makes it easier to process, achieving very high purity levels. Indeed, Elcora’s goal was always to get into…

Graphite Market Review: Mixed performance despite a lot of good news

Graphite Market Review — Of the graphite stocks InvestorIntel tracks, market performance was mixed, down 1.33% overall. The biggest winners for the week ended October 10, 2014 were; Energizer Resources Inc. (TSXV: EGZ) (OTCQX: ENZR), up 11.11% and 8.02%, respectively. Mason Graphite Inc. (TSXV: LLG) (OTCQX: MGPHF) up 7.81% and 10.71%, respectively on positive news, (see below). On the down side there were 4 stocks off more than 10%. Triton Minerals Ltd (ASX; TON) was down 16.18%, despite positive news, (see below). Flinders Resources Ltd. (TSXV: FDR) was down 15.25%. Sovereign…

Ecclestone selects Alabama Graphite as one-of-five most likely to prosper

In working up an institutional research piece on Alabama Graphite Corp. (TSXV: ALP | OTCQB: ABGPF) over the last month a few things have struck me and are worth highlighting. These are elements of the company’s story which are unique and separate it out from the pack in the graphite “race”. Past-Production is Princely We keep repeating the mantra of the moment that “production is king”. By implication past-production is princely. The recent addition of the former Bama mine, which produced until the 1940s, was a major coup for Alabama Graphite. Already favorable…

Market Movers of the Week: Stria Lithium +16.67%, Energizer Resources +11.11% & Mason Graphite +10.71%

Did you catch the news Theralase Technologies Inc. put out last week about their partnership with SAFC in the manufacturing of anti-cancer drugs? Allow me to congratulate them for their ongoing efforts towards the elimination of pain, reduction of inflammation and dramatic acceleration of tissue healing in our planet as they averaged up the InvestorIntel biotech members to +0.45% for the week -- TSXV: TLT up +1.82%. Speaking of pain, I listened to CNN describe the market as “tanking" all morning long and would like to respectfully request that the media utilize less artillery driven descriptives…

Hykawy’s Focus on Focus: Through a Mining Lens

The natural graphite sector is not really that complicated. Yes, there are different industries using the material, and yes there are different flake sizes at different purities sold at different prices, but every company in the space has to live with those prices. The variation in earning power between companies comes from the richness of the deposit, driven to large degree by simple in situ grade and the distribution of graphite flake size within the deposit. There will be exceptions to this simplified view, since every rule-of-thumb has to take an…

Smart Wearable Electronics Systems (SWS) mark the beginning of yet another era in consumer electronics

The unveiling of the Apple Watch (NASDAQ: AAPL) in September marked a new era in consumer electronics. Apple isn’t the first vendor to come up with wearable electronics as for example Fitbit, but Apple’s market recognition and reach suggest wearable electronics are shifting well past the guaranteed enthusiasm of early adopters toward mainstream consumers, marking the beginning of yet another era in consumer electronics. First there was the enlightened age of desktop computers, then there was the emancipation of computing during the era of laptops, then there was the liberating epoch…

The Tesla Beauty Contest

Tesla has confirmed that it will proceed with plans to build the battery ‘gigafactory’, choosing Nevada as the location. Now, it will have to secure the critical raw materials to launch production and keep the plant running. There has been much focus on the lithium supply requirement, but for the initial period, Tesla does not need to secure a lithium offtake agreement as there are two or three major suppliers in the western United States (such as Western Lithium – TSX: WLC - in Nevada), which have expansion capabilities. Three new lithium mines have also opened in…
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Elcora Resources Announces the Results of the First Phase of Test Work to create Graphene Optimized Graphite Crystals

October 23, 2014 (Source: The Newswire) -- Troy Grant, President and CEO of ELCORA RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV: ERA | Frankfurt: ELM), (the "Company" or "Elcora"), is pleased to release the results of the first stage testing of the Sakura – Ragedara graphite’s suitability for the production of high expansion ratio expandable graphite.  The October 14, 2014 report titled “Expandable Graphite…

Great Lakes Graphite Partners With Schulich School of Business on Strategy

October 22, 2014 (Source: Newsfile) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company") announces today that the Company has been selected out of many candidates by a team of MBA students from the Schulich School of Business at York University to participate in a project to be conducted over the next two months. The project provides an…

Graphene Oxide New Tool in Fight Against Diseases

October 22, 2014 (Source: Korea Herald) -- A leading South Korean biochemistry researcher believes graphene oxide ― oxidized sheets of carbon atoms ― will eventually play a key role in conquering hepatitis C, cancer and genetic diseases. This is mainly because graphene oxide is water-soluble, and can bind to DNA and RNA molecules ― making it more convenient for medical uses.…

Mason Graphite Initiates Pilot Plant Testing on a 60 Tonne Bulk Sample at 29% Cg

October 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason Graphite" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LLG)(OTCQX:MGPHF) is pleased to announce that a pilot plant test for the Lac Guéret graphite project has been initiated at COREM's research facility in Quebec City. The operations are under the supervision of engineering firm Soutex, also based in Quebec City. The pilot program is planned…

Flinders Resources and Big North Graphite provide merger update

October 21, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR DISSEMINATION DIRECTLY, OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES. Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders") (TSXV: FDR) and Big North Graphite Corp.("Big North") (TSXV: NRT) announce that further to the joint news release of September 2, 2014,  announcing…

Focus Graphite Confirms Significant Mineralization at Depth Below a Discovery of 88.5 Metres Grading 12.82% Graphitic Carbon at its Lac Tetepisca Project

October 20, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Metallurgical Results Show an average of 94.7% Total Carbon in Plus 200 Mesh Flake, Including 97.7% Total Carbon for Plus 80 Mesh Flake; Similarities in Carbon Content to Focus' Lac Knife Deposit Focus Graphite Inc. ("Focus" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) is pleased to announce that significant widths of graphitic mineralization ranging from 95 to…

Scientists have built the world’s thinnest electric generator – and it’s only one atom wide

October 20, 2014 (Source: Science Alert) -- Researchers have created a graphene-like material that generates electricity every time its stretched, and could power the wearable technology of the future. Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia Engineering in the US have shown they can generate electricity from a layer of material that’s just one atom thick. The generator…

Energy storage of the future

October 20, 2014 (Source: Phys.org) -- Personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops could get a boost from some of the lightest materials in the world. Lawrence Livermore researchers have turned to graphene aerogel for enhanced electrical energy storage that eventually could be used to smooth out power fluctuations in the energy grid. The team found that graphene aerogel-based…

New Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons Brings Scientists a Step Closer to Revolutionizing Electronics

October 17, 2014 (Source: UCLA) -- First characterized in 2004, graphene is a two-dimensional material with extraordinary properties.  The thickness of just one carbon atom, and hundreds of times faster at conducting heat and charge than silicon, graphene is expected to revolutionize high-speed transistors in the near future. Graphene’s exotic electronic and magnetic properties can be tailored by cutting large sheets…

Graphene NanoChem PLC: Collaboration To Develop Graphene-Enhanced Lithium-ion Battery For Electric Buses

October 17, 2014 (Source: Graphene NanoChem PLC) -- Graphene NanoChem (AIM: GRPH), the performance chemicals and advanced materials company, is pleased to announce that Platinum Nanochem Sdn Bhd; its wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a product development and collaboration agreement ("Agreement") with Sync R&D Sdn Bhd ("Sync R&D") on a joint initiative to develop a 'next generation', graphene-enhanced lithium-ion battery ("Li-on…

Cavan Appoints Eric Hughes Former President of Chi Hemp Industries Inc. to Advisory Board

October 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- CAVAN VENTURES INC. (TSX VENTURE: CVN) ("Cavan" or "the Company") is pleased to provide a corporate update in regards to the continuing exploration of the potential Hemp/Cannabinoid industry. Cavan Ventures Inc. previously announced (see news release dated 2014-03-25) the diversification of its growth plan into the Medical Marijuana and Hemp industry. To accelerate this process,…
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