Daniel Carlson on the ‘Holy Grail’ of oil sand companies and the value of water

July 25, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Daniel Carlson, the CFO for American Sands Energy Corp. (‘AMSE’, OTCBB: AMSE) about their key role in oil sands production as suggested in a recent article by Peter Epstein, who described AMSE as the ‘Holy Grail’ of oil sands companies. Daniel believes that what inspired Peter Epstein to use the evocative ‘Holy Grail’ description are AMSE’s unique cost structure and its low environmental footprint in the context of the oil sands industry. This means that, compared to others…

Hybrid and electric cars to help Japan fight way back into Chinese market

Japan is fighting to regain market share in China’s automobile sector with hybrid and electric cars being in the forefront of the effort. Nissan Motor has launched a demonstration test of its 300 electric vehicles in three Chinese cities ahead of the release of the EVs in China this autumn. And, in a research development, 3-D printing is coming to the electric car business. According to a report in China Daily, Japanese carmakers jointly held a market share of 19.4% in 2011. At their peak in 2008, they had more than…

Suddenly, it’s blue skies for nuclear — but the price-setters haven’t noticed

Three pieces of good news in a week for nuclear power. When was the last time that happened? Yet those who influence the uranium price do not seem to have factored this in to their calculations, with the spot price remaining this week at $28.35/lb, down in the basement at the same level as it has been since May. On several occasions I have made the point (not an original one — a few of the more perspicacious analysts put the thought into my head) that we are heading for a…

China’s mandate for 30% electric cars and hybridising with lithium

It’s easy to get fatigue with the “China demand” story which has been trotted out for just about every mineral category in the last decade. Some however have run their course (e.g. iron ore) with linkages between certain products and large scale construction and infrastructure projects, while others may have been promoted too soon while still not having begun to see their potential come into play. The prime candidate in the latter group is lithium (though we might also say something similar about uranium in the Chinese context). In the case…

As information continues to bombard us every day, there’s a need to keep some perspective

In the mining business there’s always the risk of over-reach. Back in mid-2011, Citigroup Global Markets added up the 400 largest greenfield mining projects around the world and the capital commitment through to 2020 for those totalled close to $500 billion — or half a trillion, to put that figure in more dramatic terms. But the analysts also calculated that some twenty-four per cent of those projects were unlikely to be delivered. We await Citigroup someday going back to do an update. I bet the situation compared to their forecasts could…

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

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…

Electric car materials jet fuel market and uranium gains a pulse

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Harley launches the Livewire: an electric ‘hog’

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…
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Dyes Help Harvest Light

July 30, 2014 (Source: A*STAR) -- Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) rely on dyes that absorb light to mobilize a current of electrons and are a promising source of clean energy. Jishan Wu at the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering and colleagues in Singapore have now developed zinc porphyrin dyes that harvest light in both the visible and near-infrared parts…

Carbon Dioxide can be Future Fuel Source

July 30, 2014 (Source: ZEE News) -- In a significant breakthrough, scientists have synthesised a catalyst that improves the system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas -- a precursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products. Scientists from University of Illinois in Chicago developed a unique two-step catalytic process that uses molybdenum disulfide and an ionic liquid to "reduce", or transfer…

All-In-One Energy System Offers Greener Power for Off-Grid Homes

July 30, 2014 (Source: Newcastle University) -- An innovative 'trigeneration' system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential  for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad. Developed by a consortium led by Newcastle University and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the small-scale combined cooling, heat and…

France to earmark 10 bln euros of funding to promote renewable energy use

July 29, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- France will mobilise about 10 billion euros ($13.41 billion) for a package of tax breaks, low-cost loans and bonuses to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas bill, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Tuesday. Royal, President Francois Hollande's fourth energy minister in two years, is tasked with reducing…

Solar energy bill hanging in the balance

July 29, 2014 (Source: Boston Globe) -- A bill designed to spur the growth of solar energy in Massachusetts is at the center of an intense Beacon Hill fight that could endanger its passage and dash Governor Deval Patrick’s hopes of leaving office with aggressive long-term goals for solar generation in place. The lobbying battle, which numerous participants have described…

Japan gives Caribbean US$15m for climate change projects

July, 29, 2014 (Source: Jamaica Observer) -- Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cope with the impact of climate change. The "Project for Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership" will help Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Dominica and Belize build the capacity to cope with climate change. The agreement was…

Ministry urges prudence over solar dispute

July 29, 2014 (Source: China Daily) -- China's Ministry of Commerce has urged the United States to handle the latest dispute over solar trade "prudently," saying that trade friction is unavoidable but governments have a responsibility to prevent it from harming China-US relations. The ministry's comment on Monday followed a preliminary decision by the US Commerce Department on July 25 to extend punitive…

Turning Bio-Waste into Hydrogen

July 29, 2014 (Source: CORDIS) -- Whilst hydrogen cars look set to be the next big thing in an increasingly carbon footprint-aware society, sustainable methods to produce hydrogen are still in their early stages. The HYTIME project is working on a novel production process that will see green hydrogen being produced from grass, straw and food industry residues. When sustainability and bioeconomy…

Geothermal Energy: Is It the New Frontier in Latin America?

July 28, 2014 (Source: Latin Post) -- Enhanced data, a drop in costs and increased demand for electricity has provoked many countries to reconsider geothermal as an energy source. The World Energy Outlook said in 2011, 1 percent of the world's electric power came from geothermal energy, now it is 4-5 percent. There are 700 geothermal projects under development in 76 countries. Large…

Brazil State to Purchase Solar Power After Failing to Lure Buyer

July 28, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Brazil’s Pernambuco state, which held the nation’s first solar-energy auction last year, said it is on the hook to buy the power after it was unable to find other bidders. Pernambuco’s government agreed this month to buy the electricity from solar projects with the capacity to produce 96 megawatts of power, said state Secretary…

Stanford Study Shows How to Power California with Wind, Water and Sun

July 25, 2014 (Source: Stanford University) -- Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun. A new Stanford study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to convert California’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered…

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. Reports Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2014

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. (the "Company") (NYSE:BIN)(TSX:BIN) reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014. Second quarter highlights Consolidated revenues of $513.5 million in the second quarter, a decline of 0.6% from the comparative period. Excluding a negative impact of $13.0 million in foreign currency translation, consolidated revenues increased 1.9% Consolidated…

Spinach Could Lead to Alternative Energy More Powerful than Popeye

July 24, 2014 (Source: Purdue University) -- Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the…

Yingli to Supply 32-Megawatt Solar-Power Project in Japan

July 23, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. (YGE), the largest solar-panel maker, will supply 32 megawatts of panels to Pacifico Energy K.K. for a project in Okayama, Japan. Yingli will supply the Tokyo-based developer with the panels in 2015, the Baoding, China-based company said today in a statement, without disclosing terms. General Electric Co.’s energy investing unit is…

A Tree May Have the Answers to Renewable Energy

July 23, 2014 (Source: University of Wisconsin) -- Through an energy conversion process that mimics that of a tree, a University of Wisconsin-Madison materials scientist is making strides in renewable energy technologies for producing hydrogen. Xudong Wang, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at UW-Madison, recently collaborated with researcher, Dr. Zhiyong Cai, in the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison…

SunEdison to Provide Solar Electricity to Southern Nevada Water

July 22, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- SunEdison Inc. (SUNE), the best-performing solar company this year, agreed to provide electricity to Southern Nevada Water Authority under a 20-year power-purchase contract. As part of the deal, SunEdison will build and operate a 14-megawatt solar plant in Clark County, Nevada, the St. Peters, Missouri-based company said today in a statement. Terms weren’t disclosed. When the solar…
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