Seair’s water technology the ultimate water app for the resource sector

water-app Seair’s water technology: the ultimate water app for oil and gas, mining, water desalination, pulp and paper industries Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) is an Alberta cleantech company with its technology in operation in various sectors and with proven and commercialized technologies for gas-based water treatment: the technology put gases into liquids more effectively and with lower costs than other system in the marketplace. What does this mean? If Seair’s technology were an app for smartphones, kids would beg parents recklessly to download it. There would be knock offs by Chinese manufacturers.  Smartphones would be better, way cooler, faster and more energy…

Electric car materials jet fuel market and uranium gains a pulse

Tesla-1 InvestorIntelReport, June 2014: The InvestorIntel Gold, Base & Precious Metals members lead for the month of June 2014, up +19.01%; driven by gold and graphite player -- Triton Minerals ASX: TON +171.43%. Congratulations Triton as shareholders responded favorably to their June 23rd news release: Significant High-Grade Graphite Intersected at Nicanda Hill and catapulted them to #3 market cap in the graphite sector overnight. Also, please allow me to formally introduce InvestorIntel client Ron Tremblay, President & CEO for Levon Resources – as OTCQX: LVNF lifted +28% and TSX: LVN was up +26.67% for June. In our last interview Ron explains…

From Cannabis to ‘Cannabiz’: the New Wave of Marijuana Entrepreneurship

Harry-Barr-CSE-Photo Several entrepreneurs in North America have jumped on the opportunities to produce cannabis in response to many States and Provinces having legalized marijuana for medical and even recreational use. The new sector has also opened the market for hemp, a very strong natural fiber with a multitude of applications that include food. Nevertheless, the new wave of marijuana entrepreneurship has been lifted by the recognition that this weed can address a variety of medical needs. While, the United States and Canada have not technically approved dried marijuana as a drug in the technical sense, the courts have ruled that Canadians…

Star Minerals says that rare earths, manganese, lithium and batteries are the keys to its future

Engdahl-Jim-Star June 24, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel, speaks with Jim Engdahl, Director, President and CEO for Star Minerals (‘Star’, TSXV: SUV) about its critical metals exploration and acquisition activities in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. From 2006 until 2012, Jim was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Western Minerals Group (GWMG), which has primarily engaged in developing rare earth minerals in South Africa while also producing earths based alloys and other related value added products. Tracy asks Jim if Star will be focusing ever more on the acquisition side of the business. Jim says that…

Harley launches the Livewire: an electric ‘hog’

livewire Harley Davidson has recently unveiled a new model, one that is bound to generate waves and controversy. It would appear as a contradiction, but Harley Davidson is planning to launch its first electric motorcycle: The ‘Livewire’. This new ‘hog’ is called – is a prototype, which Harley-Davidson (‘Harley’) has launched to gauge reactions of its traditional customers with a view to mass production. The Livewire is driven by a 74 hp three-phase motor producing 70 Nm of torque, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds and a top speed of about 150 km/h (or…

Mark Smith to turn NioCorp into one of the top niobium producers in the world

Smith-Mark-NioCorp June 23, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Mark A. Smith, CEO and Director for NioCorp (TSXV: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) about the company’s Elk Creek project in southeastern Nebraska. NioCorp recently announced some very favorable drilling results. NioCorp’s Elk Creek deposit is rich in barium, rare earth element mineralization and especially high grade concentrations of niobium, which will be the main focus of the project. NioCorp announced that it has a second drill rig on site; while that may not appear to be ‘big news’, it does suggest, as Mark says, that the Company…

Discipline outweighs conviction in the financial success formula

2014-6-22-Week-in-Review Met a friend this weekend who was somewhat distressed over an account that was down 50% over a short call. “What do you think happened?” I asked. “Discipline over conviction…” -- he replied, as he shook his head. He then added: “…my decision it seems was based on conviction, and that’s where I failed.” Hmmm, I thought nervously…as he may have just summed up the reason for every financial shortfall I have ever made since the beginning of my life experience. Shortly after our conversation, I came across a Business Insider story that ran this morning titled This Hollywood Director…

Lighting the Way – Rare Earths in Lighting

United-Uranium A few weeks ago, I wrote that one of the major changes that has taken place in the rare earths space was in the lighting market. Fluorescent lights work by having electrons strike the atoms of a rarified gas in a glass tube, stimulating those atoms which then emit ultraviolet photons. Those photons then strike phosphor molecules that convert that high-energy ultraviolet light to the visible light that we read by. Oh, in case you didn’t know, if you are willing to sit under a bare fluorescent light, compact or otherwise, then you are highly trusting of the quality control…

Move to electric cars (and their Li-ion batteries) now seems unstoppable

ecar-charging In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen (it borders Hong Kong) the city government has decreed that each new residential development must have battery-recharging units for every parking space. Otherwise, the developers will not be given permission to sell the apartments even though most of their new buyers will be driving gas-fuelled automobiles. According to the Beijing-based Caixin news service the city government is concerned that lack of recharging facilities is holding back adoption of hybrid and electric cars. The city has only 81 fast-charging outlets, but only seven of those are for private car owners to use (the rest…

Obama’s 30% Disappearing Act – Step Right Up, Step Right Up, How Will He Do It?

wood-pellets If you aren’t a climate change denier, then President Obama’s recent initiative to decrease carbon emissions from power plants in the US by 30% is welcome. According to the US EPA, power plants are the single largest source of US domestic dioxide (CO2) emissions, accounting for roughly 1/3 of their annual total. Given the US plays a large role in global emissions, a cut this large to this large a fraction of their emissions is meaningful. The details are meaningful, even when we look at the fine print. The plan calls for reduction by 30% from US 2005 levels, a…

We are heading for a uranium crisis

United-Uranium Well, I think my question of a month ago might have been answered. At the beginning of May I queried whether it might be the time to take one's courage in one's hands and plunge into uranium. I began with what seemed reasonable to guess might be the bottom: "The uranium company index is down 77% since Fukushima. Spot uranium dropped another $1.75/lb this week to $30.75? If it goes below that $30, as well it might, what might become a "perma-gloom" will settle over yellowcake as an investment," I wrote. Welcome to the "perma-gloom" with spot uranium now at…

Look out for France and Brazil; they’re on a quest for critical resources as China raises the stakes again

Lifton-Weslosky2 Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel and Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC talk about the latest Chinese measures to control the rare earth market. Tracy cites a report showing China’s rare earth exports by volume, differentiating between Light (LREE) and Heavy (HREE) rare earths. More significantly, perhaps, suggests Tracy, China has decided to raise taxes on rare earths. The European Union, meanwhile, has issued a list of critical materials, which also follows the LREE/HREE differentiation: for the record, HREE are placed at the very top of the list of most critical materials. Jack suggests the…

Eliminating Critical Materials – Not Here Today, Plenty Tomorrow

sword-technology When I spoke at LSM6, the Lithium Supply and Markets Congress organized by Industrial Minerals, my topic was the double-edged sword of technology. Technology demands can suddenly turn a lackluster material, or two, into the hottest things in the market. Just look at what lithium battery demand has done for lithium and graphite. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that technology can take away, as well as give. A critical material, to me, is one that you, as an end-user, absolutely need to finish or sell a product today, and that is difficult to impossible to engineer around…

Tesla’s grand battery plan could cause re-rating of graphite stocks

TESLA Car maker Tesla's plans for a gigafactory — that is, a giant battery making factory — caused a ripple in the lithium and graphite worlds when the concept was unveiled earlier this year. But, surprisingly, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made some more recent comments that have garnered considerable attention in the technology media but not in the general investment forums — both from the point of view of graphite but also lead, used in the traditional lead-acid battery. One who did sense the implications of Musk's comment that the world by 2040 could need as many as 200 gigafactories was London-based analyst…

GeoNovus enters the lucrative medical marijuana and industrial hemp business

medical-marijuana GeoNovus Minerals Corp. (‘Geonovus’, TSXV: GNM) owns copper and gold properties in Canada and the United States, capable of supporting year round exploration (three of the properties are in Arizona) and increased opportunity for significant discoveries. Yesterday, Geonovus announced that it will enter the lucrative medical marijuana and industrial hemp business, signing a non-disclosure agreement with a private BC company which has already applied to become an MMRP (Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations) licensed producer of medical marijuana. Geonovus will, therefore, participate in a due diligence process, expected to close before June 15, 2014, to investigate a full business relationship…

Beijing signs for Russian gas supplies — a boost for both partners over U.S. interests

Putin-Oil The business deal is massive. The long-term implications for the geopolitics in East Asia are much greater with the signing in Shanghai Wednesday by Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping which will see, from 2018, Russia's Gazprom sell 38 billion cubic metres of gas a year to China National Petroleum Corp. A very telling point is made in today's The Financial Times: that there exists a strategic triangle encompassing Washington, Moscow and Bejing, and that if two of those players forge a strong relationship then it freezes out the third. Thus Nixon's opening to China left Moscow out in…

A bit of wind in phosphate’s sails

The North Atlantic trade winds could bring about a significant change in the phosphate balance of power. Or, at least, harvesting those winds could. These trade winds blow in an arc from west of Ireland, then closer to the Portuguese coast and finally intercept the land along the coastlines of Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania. Morocco, which is the country we are concerned with here because of its phosphate, now imports 20% of the electricity it needs from Spain, and so the country (and the phosphate industry) is dependent on the connection to the European grid. The Sahara Wind Power…

China to stabilize economic growth as property bubble is bursting

Bubble-China The property market has been China’s primary economic pillar in recent years. Property investment alone accounts for around 13% of GDP. Now, however, China's property bubble is stretching too far and risks bursting as construction starts and property sales have fallen sharply in the first four months of 2014. Property sales dropped 6.9 percent year on year in the first four months, which is 3.1 percentage points steeper than the decline seen in the first quarter, according to official data released on Tuesday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). However, the property sector is an engine of demand for…

From 4600 BC to today’s nanotechnology: Silver has a long shelf life

A 27-year-old man was arrested in Yokohama last week for possessing two guns made by a 3-D printer, although the police found no bullets. Poor old Yoshitomo Imura was his own worst enemy: he posted footage of the guns on the internet along with a blueprint showing  how to use a 3-D printer to make the weapons, and it wasn't long before Yokohama's finest were on his trail. According to the Nikkei news service, Imura had learned about the technology on the internet and had been encouraged by reports that a U.S. gunmaker had fired bullets from such a gun.…

Securing a medical marijuana license in Canada: harder than stumbling over a pink unicorn

Unicorn-pink Becoming a licensed of producer of medical marijuana under Health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) is as difficult as finding a pink unicorn prancing in your backyard. Still wet behind the ears from its April 1, 2014 launch, the MMPR framework is offspring to the moribund Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR). By moribund I mean that medical marijuana producers under the old MMAR should have shut down operations by April 1, 2014. However, in March 2014 it was argued by Allard that the MMPR could not meet the demands for medical marijuana. As a consequence, an interim injunction extended MMAR…