Dan Blondal on Nano One’s breakthrough in lithium-ion cathode materials and the ‘million mile battery’

“The idea of a single crystal cathode has been around for a while but the conventional methods for making them are very expensive. You want to spend as little time in the furnace as possible and we have developed a way to do that. Our crystals form very readily in the furnace and they self coat in the furnace so you don’t have to have a secondary coating process. We have simplified the process. It is less complex and because the crystals form quickly we get an inexpensive way of making them that doesn’t have the downside of spending too long in the furnace.” States Dan Blondal, CEO, Director & Founder of Nano One Materials Corp. (TSXV: NNO), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Tracy Weslosky.

Dan went on to say that even with single crystal there is degradation but if you coat that single crystal the cathode material lasts four times longer. Dan further added, “by making the material more durable you can get many more charges out of it. The electric battery that goes into a car is somewhat restricted by the durability of the materials. If the material is not very durable then you have to make the battery a bit bigger. A more durable battery allows you to either drive a million miles which is important for taxi drivers, buses and utilities, or charge is much faster because as the battery is more durable it can take more aggressive charge or drive a little bit further everyday.”

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Moovly’s Brendon Grunewald on the video media revolution in the home office

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people work, learn, and the way they communicate. The physical meetings have just evaporated. We need tools that we can communicate effectively with and video is a great way to communicate. If a picture is worth a thousand word, then a video is worth a million.” States Brendon Grunewald, President, CEO and Director of Moovly Media Inc. (TSXV: MVY), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Tracy Weslosky.

Brendon went on to say that there is an increased awareness among people and companies, both big and small, about Moovly Media. He added that even existing customers are extending their contracts which means that Moovly is delivering great value to its customers.

Brendon also spoke on the competitive advantages of Moovly Media over its competitors. He said, “We democratize the access or ability to make really high-end quality content. We strive to always to make it very simple to use but at the same time offer a wide variety of different solutions. It you are someone who just wants to make a quick social media video you can do that within seconds using our templates. If you are an experienced videographer then you can use some of our advanced features like green screening and screen recordings. We have also got automated subtitling. That brings me to the second USP which I would say is our automator. Increasingly we are seeing companies want to make vast volume of content using programs or spreadsheets where they import data and mass personalize and customize videos. Thirdly we have an exceptionally good price offering which makes us very competitive in the market in terms of value for money.”

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Nano One’s Dan Blondal on improving the performance, durability, and safety of lithium-ion batteries

“We use a process that is environmentally friendly, we have no waste stream, we combine all of the coating and crystallization and all of the preparation of nickel, manganese, and cobalt all into one step. So there are fewer steps, there’s less energy consumed, less waste, and results in a longer-lasting battery material that could lead to more durable battery.” States Dan Blondal, CEO, Director & Founder of Nano One Materials Corp. (TSXV: NNO), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Ron Wortel at PDAC 2020.

Dan went on to say that Nano One has developed intellectual property and patents to make battery materials that can improve the performance, durability, and safety of batteries. Dan also spoke on Tesla’s million-mile battery. He said that Tesla has used cathode material supplied by a Chinese manufacturer in the battery. Dan continued, “Nano One has intellectual property and patents that have nanocrystalline coated material which is very much akin to what they were using except ours is commercially viable.” Dan also provided an update on Nano One’s other battery technologies. He said that the company is working on lithium iron phosphate batteries used in electric buses, grid storage, etc. Nano One is also working on cobalt-free battery material which is aimed at next-generation solid-state batteries.

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Dan Blondal on oversubscription and the increasing market support for Nano One’s lithium-ion battery technology initiatives

In an InvestorIntel interview during PDAC 2020, Tracy Weslosky secures an interview update with CEO, Director & Founder Dan Blondal on Nano One Materials Corp. (TSXV: NNO), a technology company with patented technology for the low-cost production of high-performance lithium-ion battery cathode materials used in electric vehicles, energy storage, and consumer electronics.

Dan spoke on Nano One’s patented technology which can improve the durability of battery cathode materials and could enable electric vehicle manufacturers to significantly increase the lifespan and driving range of their batteries. Market interest is coming back into the battery materials sector with the rise in electric vehicle demand. Dan continued, “We have done a fantastic job by bringing Volkswagen and government funding into the company, and other partners. All that happened last year when it was really hard to get…”

Dan also provided an update on Nano One’s recently closed private placement which was oversubscribed by 80%. In addition to the proceeds from the private placement, Nano One has also received $5 million in non-dilutive and non-repayable contributions from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

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Jeff Mount on helping the “middle-class millionaire” feel more confident

“We are certainly seeing the rise of artificial intelligence in trading, financial planning and of course we have robo-advisors who have very quickly risen to compete in terms of assets under management with even the insurance companies and bank brokerages. I don’t know if they will ever take over the big wirehouses but they certainly have done a very impressive job in terms of growth in assets under management with those smaller accounts.” States Jeff Mount, President of Real Intelligence LLC, in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Tracy Weslosky.

Jeff went on to say that Real Intelligence’s objective is to help the “middle-class millionaires” feel more confident about matching up their assets vs their liabilities, have a clear understanding of what they can and cannot do and know that there is a human-centric financial planner who is behind this to make sure that the strategic thought that comes out of the plan can be applied very quickly and easily. Real Intelligence is working towards empowering wealth consultants to overcome the competitive challenges of artificial intelligence.

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Peekaboo Beans’ Traci Costa on building a long-term high-quality brand for children

“Great brands take time to build. They don’t happen overnight. My mission with Peekaboo Beans has always been about creating a long-term high-quality valuable brand for children. We have gone through a lot of change and that is because of the retail environment. Now we are at a place where we are happy in this environment and the distribution model we have now. We have a fantastic brand, powerful mission, incredible product, 38% customer returning rate. Our numbers are off the chart right now as far as our growth and website visitors are concerned. Growth in the US is up 5% over last year. All of our metrics are pointing in the right direction. We are finally excited to launch our subscription box which is a transmedia augmented reality subscription box that is a storybook adventure. We are thrilled to be launching that next month…” States Traci Costa, President and CEO of Peekaboo Beans Inc. (CSE: BEAN), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Tracy Weslosky.

Traci went on to say that Peekaboo Beans just reported record quarterly sales in Q1 F2020, an increase of 229% from Q4 2019 and an increase of 21% over the same period last year. Traci also provided an update on Peekaboo Beans’ vintage buyback program. Most of the textile wastes end up in landfills. She said that Peekaboo Beans creates high-quality products that are designed to last and the company will buy back its products and resell them to keep it out of the landfills.

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Dr Dube on the competitive advantage of ZEN Graphene’s Guelph Facility for Graphene Materials Production and Development

“We can get graphite to 99.8% purity. Now, we need to take that very high-end graphite and turn it into graphene. We are working with some of the best teams in Canada, a bunch of different universities to do those things. The first agreement that we signed was with a university in Canada. That agreement is to do graphene production. This process uses heat, pressure and grinding to break the graphite into smaller bits and pieces. Basically, bringing it down to five to ten layers graphene. We can do kilograms of this material already. The process is patented and developed. We are going to keep trying to improve on it but it is already a very well established patent. The next one is with Prof. Chen at the University of Guelph. They are working on two different processes. A chemical process and an electrochemical exfoliation process where we are trying to make graphene oxide. This product is high end. We are getting down to one to three layers product. It is functionalized with oxygen groups in there. This will have very high value in the marketplace. The third one is with UBC Okanagan. We are doing a lot of research with them. We are doing graphene oxide. We are also doing graphene quantum dots which is really the very high-end stuff. This sells for four thousand dollars a gram on the marketplace. They are also doing things with batteries, with aluminum, with coatings…” States Dr. Francis Dube, Chairman, CEO, and Director of ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSXV: ZEN), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Tracy Weslosky.

Dr. Dube went on to provide an update on the grand opening of the Guelph Facility for graphene materials production and development. He said that the company is currently sourcing and purchasing the necessary equipment to build a small-scale pilot plant to produce products like Graphene, Graphene Oxides and Graphene Quantum Dots. Dr. Dube also said that the Graphene Quantum Dots market is expected to be a $30 billion market by 2030. He said that ZEN Graphene is in a unique position to dominate the market because it has a high-grade source material and a great team of scientists.

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