Monthly Archives: June 2016

Scientists just made it cheaper to produce Hydrogen from water with Nickel – Vanadium Electro catalyst

Electrocatalytic water splitting is about to get less costly, thanks to research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Credit: Image courtesy of KTH The Royal Institute of Technology A hydrogen-fuel economy could finally become a reality with the recent discovery of a cheap, stable and efficient means of getting hydrogen from water. If a cheap, stable and efficient way could be found to produce hydrogen from water, a hydrogen-fuel economy could finally become a … Continue reading

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Is Graphite The Next Big Thing In The World Of Alternative Energy?

David Drake on The Huffington Post Chairman, LDJ Capital Climate change is upon us. It needs to be addressed and be a priority. Searching for sources of alternative energy is an important topic and there is an important mineral that can potentially make a huge difference for future generations. For several years now, I enjoy getting business advice from CVMR Corporation (CVMR) CEO Kamran Khozan. His firm CVMR has a nanotech and metallurgical expertise … Continue reading

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Chile’s Codelco to decide on partner for Lithium development in 2017

SANTIAGO – The world’s No 1 copper producer Codelco is expected to make its decision on who to partner with to develop its lithium assets in the first quarter of next year, Chile’s Mining Minister Aurora Williams told Reuters on Thursday. Lithium is an important ingredient in rechargeable batteries and is used in electric cars. Annual demand for lithium is forecast to more than double by 2020 from 95 000 t now. Most lithium … Continue reading

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Indonesia considers onshore financial center after tax amnesty

Indonesia is considering forming a special region that will serve as an onshore financial center in which domestic firms can create shell companies without having to go to tax haven countries, its finance minister said late on Wednesday. Southeast Asia’s largest economy is in the early stages of overhauling its tax system. It has announced many plans that the government hopes will get more people to pay taxes and empower the tax authority, including … Continue reading

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New Philippine minister says open-pit mining is “madness”

Incoming mining minister is a passionate environmentalist Says open-pit process is “horrific” for environment By Manolo Serapio Jr MANILA, June 23 The incoming minister in charge of Philippine mining has slammed the use of open pits to extract minerals, describing it as “madness” even to consider the method in the resource-rich country because of the environmental impact. The stance by Regina Lopez, an environmentalist who on Tuesday accepted President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to head … Continue reading

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Chinese investments in Lithium rise

The Tesla gigafactories are just one part of the demand story Following China Molybdenum’s US$1.5 billion purchase of Anglo American’s phosphate and niobium unit, Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co has had its proposed purchase of RB Energy’s Quebec lithium development – which the vendor once said was capable of producing “the highest-quality lithium carbonate in the world” – approved by a Canadian court. The Chinese group paid an undisclosed amount for the property that … Continue reading

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IceWind modernized ancient Persian technology with new materials and Engineering

Iceland may be a cold, hard place to live, but the locals sure have made the most of what they’ve got. The country runs on 100 percent renewable energy, thanks to its geothermal pockets and hydroelectric dams. Hello World’s Ashlee Vance paid a visit to the capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of the green energy story. He found a startup called IceWind that has designed a wind turbine to perform … Continue reading

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China launches Graphite Industry Development Alliance

China is looking to encourage investment in graphite as, despite becoming the world’s leading producer, it still trails other more advanced countries in terms of processing and supply chain development. China has launched the Graphite Industry Development Alliance in Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province, one of the biggest graphite-producing bases in China. While China has become the world’s leading graphite producer, consumer and exporter, the country’s graphite industry still has a long … Continue reading

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Fitch Revises Solway Investment’s Outlook to Positive; Affirms ‘B-’ IDR (Fitch Inc)

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) LONDON, June 21 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has revised Swiss-based Solway Investment Group’s Outlook to Positive from Stable, while affirming the company’s Long- and Short-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘B-’ and ‘B’, respectively. The Outlook revision reflects the mining company’s improved liquidity position, debt reduction and continuing ramp-up of key project Fenix, which will secure higher absolute (and potentially more stable) operating cash-flows over the … Continue reading

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Why Graphite is the Next “Diamond” of Alternative Energy

By David Drake Experts forecast that the consumption of graphite in all its forms will double by 2020. There will be a continued shift in world graphite markets away from amorphous natural graphite towards flake and synthetic graphite as emerging applications typically require large flakes and very high-purity. This increase will be pronounced as graphite has been recently used by CVMR® Corporation, a metal refining company, to develop blocks, sponges, lakes and powders of … Continue reading

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