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CLIENT FEATURE: Gratomic $GRAT.ca Bringing the Aukam Graphite Deposit Back To Life $GRAT.ca $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca $NMI.ca #TODAQ

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 4:12 PM on Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Gratomic recently made 2 announcements accelerating the Aukam Mine toward commercial production.

  1. Retained 100% of the rights and interests in the Aukam Mining and Exploration License
  2. Final Phase of construction on Aukam Processing Plant set to begin

Gratomic will optimize the potential of the Aukam graphite mine through it’s 100% ownership and the accelerated development of the building process. The final phase of foundation construction for the Rotary Drier, Filter Press, Cyclone, Material Hopper, Material Thickener Tank and Product Thickener Tank is currently in process and sets up the final build out for the Aukam Mine and production. Gratomic is focused on low-cost mine to market commercialization of carbon-neutral, Eco-friendly, high purity vein graphit. These critical steps allow Gratomic to become a key player in EV and Renewable Resource supply chains.

  • Aukam Graphite is high purity graphite and ideal for North American battery grade standards for use in Li-ion battery anodes.
  • Retaining 100% ownership and advancing Aukam toward commercial production are key steps toward becoming a leader in the emerging EV Market.

Watch the Evolution of the Aukam Mine:

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Concrete Expert Arrives On Site to Complete Final Phase of Construction on Gratomic $GRAT.ca Aukam Processing Plant $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca $NMI.ca #TODAQ

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 12:43 PM on Friday, November 20th, 2020
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Gratomic Inc. (“GRAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV:GRAT)(OTC Pink:CBULF)(FRANKFURT:CB81)(WKN:A143MR) is pleased to announce the arrival of Fanie Barnard to its Aukam Graphite project in Namibia. Mr Barnard has been appointed to complete onsite construction and oversee the concrete work on the Aukam Graphite processing plant which is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Mr Barnard has steel and concrete experience on previous projects with many high-profile companies including Glencore and Anglo American. He has been tasked to supervise rebar and baseplate installations and the pouring of concrete foundations. Fanie Barnard is leading the final phase of foundation construction for the Rotary Drier, Filter Press, Cyclone, Material Hopper, Material Thickener Tank and Product Thickener Tank.

Gratomic would also like to report that a local company, Pro Edge Steel, in Keetmanshoop is responsible for designing and supplying various structural base plates and steel frames. Pro Edge has delivered the first order of steel structures to the Aukam Processing site and we expect further delivery of the steel frames in short order.

Excavation work for the multiple foundations on site was completed in late October. In total, Company employees excavated approximately 414 tonnes of material. This work will accommodate the multiple tanks and final pieces of equipment for the Company’s custom designed Graphite Processing Plant with a design capacity of 20,000 tpa. The Processing Plant has been designed on a modular basis with an over-engineered front and back end to accommodate easy future expansion through the inclusion of added columns and mixing tanks.

With excavation work completed on Aukam, the team has begun installing concrete forms and rebar in preparation for the final construction phase. The structural base plates and hold-down bolts are being carefully positioned into the concrete foundations during the pouring process. Once the concrete has been properly cured, the equipment structures and support frames will be assembled and installed onto the new foundations.

Fanie Barnard, and Gratomic’s Aukam team have begun work on the installation of rebar and pouring of concrete on all required foundations. The rotary dryer foundation is the first equipment foundation being poured on the expansion of the Company’s Graphite Processing Plant. The custom built rotary dryer consists of 6 steel frames, a dryer inlet frame, inlet support frame, main support frame, outlet frame, drive frame and motor-gearbox frame.

The mounting frames and rotary dryer will be installed and mounted once the concrete foundation has cured. The drive motor assembly and final hookups to the unit will then be completed, tested and calibrated upon plant commissioning. At 39 feet long and a drying capacity of 5 tonnes per hour, the rotary dryer will play a key role in the final processing phase of generating high quality graphite concentrate from Aukam.

The Company would like to provide an additional update on the progress made by the local masonry crew from Aus (see press release November 9th, 2020). The crew has now completed the construction work on the base frame of the water filtration and deionization unit.

Workers have completed the excavation work on the processing plant’s settling reservoir. The excavation has been completely lined with a black plastic liner to prevent seepage of water. Concrete pouring of the foundation started this morning and has subsequently been completed. Workers will now start pulling up the six tier overflow settling reservoir walls which will be plastered with a chemical and water tight seal to further minimize seepage. When completed the reservoir will be filled with water and left to cure for 21 days allowing the cement to cure.

Gratomic would also like to provide an update on the graphite flotation circuit. Company workers recently disassembled and removed the components from the pilot processing facility. This equipment was utilized to generate the data sets required to engineer the 20,000 tonne per year processing facility at Aukam. The new mixing tanks and vertical flotation columns were manufactured by Pro Edge Steel and will be installed on the existing sump that was utilized for the pilot facility. The sump was originally designed to a size that will allow it to fully contain all the water from the new six commercial sized columns with a minimum free board of 4 feet, if all of them were to fail at the same time. This is another great example of the Company’s capability to plan ahead for future development and make sure it is doing its part to sustain the environment in which it is working.

The Company wishes to advise that C.B Burger engineering has completed manufacturing the Material Hopper and Graphite Concentrate Chipper. The material hopper and chipper were designed by the company’s engineering team alongside the manufacturing team from South Africa, C.B Burger Engineering. We would like to thank our Chief on-site geologist, Corne Coetser, for his agility in taking on this part of the processing plant and organizing the execution and build of these vital pieces of equipment.

The company designed the Material Hopper to hold up to 80 tonnes of graphite material and to act as a buffer to keep the processing plant running for up to 1 and a half days without flow disruption during maintenance. The Hopper will be fed continuously by the already constructed crushing and screening circuit of the processing plant. The material hopper was designed to feed directly into the rod mill with a horizontal screw conveyor using a VSD (variable speed drive) to control the material fed into the rod mill.

The custom designed Graphite Concentrate Chipper which will be fed by the filter press, is made from stainless steel to prevent any contamination of the Company’s final product. The chipper has a capacity to handle up to 2.7 tonnes per hour of graphite concentrate that will feed directly into a supply hopper for the rotary dryer. With these last two equipment components completed and en-route to site, Gratomic is pleased to advise that all components for the Aukam custom built processing plant are now manufactured and assembly will be completed over the upcoming weeks.

“With multiple skilled crews now working on-site, we could not be more proud of the progress being made on our custom designed processing plant. We would also like to thank our very supportive shareholders and investors, who have given Gratomic the opportunity to bring the Aukam graphite deposit back to life.” says President and CEO, Arno Brand.

“The custom built plant, carefully designed to optimize the processing of the unique material we expect to obtain from the Aukam deposit, is one of the Company’s best competitive advantages,” says COO & Head of Graphite Marketing and Sales, Armando Farhate.

About Gratomic Inc.

Established in 2014, Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on low-cost mine to market commercialization of carbon-neutral, Eco-friendly, high purity vein graphite and is set to become a key player in EV and Renewable Resource supply chains. Gratomic Inc. is a leader among peers, anticipating full operational capabilities in late 2020 and aiming to transition to an open pit operation as early as the end of 2021.

Gratomic is in the process of solidifying its development plans for micronization and spheronization of its clean Aukam graphite. This significant milestone is a small, additional step in the Company’s existing Eco-friendly processing cycle and will allow its naturally high purity graphite to meet ideal North American battery grade standards for use in Li-ion battery anodes.

The Company promises to deliver mine-to-market traceability and guaranteed quality control. This will be accomplished by providing documented tracking on all graphite generated at its flagship Aukam Graphite Project. The tracking will begin at Aukam and will be verified at every stage during transport.

Two off-take purchase agreements are currently held for lump-vein graphite sourced from Gratomic’s Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia, Africa. Fulfillment of the contracts is slated to begin in 2021. The agreements exist with TODAQ and Phu Sumika.

TODAQ is an innovative tech company and will partner with Gratomic on its mine-to-market commodity tracking.

Phu Sumika is a large global graphite supplier to battery and lubrication companies.

Gratomic Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

For more information: visit the website at www.gratomic.ca or contact:

Arno Brand at [email protected] or 416 561-4095

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Industry Bulletin: UK Regions Vie to Host Country’s First Battery Gigafactory SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $LMR.ca $CJC.ca $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 10:20 AM on Friday, November 20th, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko has an option for 100% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

  • The Guardian claims that the West Midlands, south Wales, and the north-east of England are among the regions all vying to be home to the United Kingdom’s first battery gigafactory, part of a £1 billion automotive transformation bid by the country.

According to The Guardian, industry actors are growing impatient with the UK Government which has yet to fully commit to EV batteries, despite a vague £1 billion committed for an Automotive Transformation Fund.

Gigafactories – a term coined by industry darling Elon Musk which simply refers to a large battery manufacturing facility – are expected to be a key component in any major economy’s efforts to transition towards a low carbon way of life, but without government backing are left reliant solely upon industry to take up the mantle.

Which is not to say that industry is not taking up the mantle, but government backing and financial support is vital if the automotive industry, for example, is to be able to transition quickly enough to the large-scale battery manufacturing required to deliver anticipated demand.

Carmakers around the world are finding themselves under increasing pressure to offer more electric vehicle options, which in turn requires ever more EV batteries.

As current demand increases, future demand is made more secure, and when future demand is secured, governments and industry are more willing to make long-term commitments.

“You’ve got to look at the demand picture,” said Julian Hetherington, director of automotive transformation at the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the body in charge of disbursing UK government investment in the sector, speaking to The Guardian. “People will make commitments when they’re certain they’ll have offtake [of batteries].”

The APC, along with Innovate UK, as well as the UK’s Departments for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and for International Trade, outlined the Automotive Transformation Fund earlier this year, a new programme which has allocated £1 billion “to put the UK at the centre of the global transition to zero emissions.”

Specifically, the Fund is intended to “support the large-scale industrialisation of an electrified supply chain.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to The Guardian, is expected to address the automotive sector with a 10-point plan as soon as this week, while the newspaper speculated that a commitment to support a gigafactory in one of the country’s regions could form part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review on 25 November.

In fact, according to the most recent reports, Boris Johnson’s government is set to bring forward a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030.

Currently, the majority of the world’s EV batteries are being made overseas – with China, Japan, and South Korea accounting for 85% of the world’s EV battery manufacturing, according to an October Greenpeace report – which risks automotive employment shrinking in markets which are not manufacturing their own EV batteries.

If countries traditionally used to manufacturing ICE vehicles suddenly find themselves no longer manufacturing key components for EV vehicles, a major component of a country’s economy and workforce could suffer.

Plans for British gigafactories are few and far between. Currently, EV battery manufacturing in the UK is led by a 2GWh annual capacity factory alongside Nissan’s car factory in Sunderland.

A joint venture announced in 2018 between Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group outlined a plan to build another battery making facility in Coventry to build 10,000 battery packs a year, and Unipart has also been chosen as a key player in Jaguar Land Rover’s battery assembly plant.

However, the biggest plans currently in the open are those between British start-ups AMTE Power and Britishvolt, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May which could eventually yield a gigafactory with a potential 35GWh capacity.

SOURCE: https://thedriven.io/2020/11/17/uk-regions-vie-to-host-countrys-first-battery-gigafactory/

Gratomic $GRAT.ca Signs Agreement to Acquire Remaining 37% Interest in Aukam Property $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca $NMI.ca #TODAQ

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:55 PM on Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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November 19, 2020 / Gratomic Inc. (“GRAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV:GRAT)(OTC PINK:CBULF)(FSE:CB81)(WKN:A143MR) is pleased to report that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) with Next Graphite, Inc. (“NextG”), for the acquisition of NextG’s 37% interest (the “Interest”) in Gazania 242 Pty Ltd. (the “Acquisition”), the Namibian company which holds the licenses on the Aukam property (“Aukam”). The Agreement was dated November 12, 2020 and executed on November 16, 2020. The parties negotiated an amendment to the Agreement dated November 16, 2020 which was executed on November 19, 2020. Upon completion of the acquisition, Gratomic will hold 100% of the rights and interests in the Aukam Mining License (ML215) and exploration License (EPL 3895).

Arno Brand, President and CEO commented, “It has been a pleasure working with Cliff Bream and his team at Next Graphite over the years and I look forward to continuing a strategic business relationship and building a strong future for Aukam together.”

In consideration for the Interest, Gratomic will, upon closing of the Acquisition (the “Closing“), issue 18,986,188 common shares (the “Escrowed Shares“), valued at $0.14 per share, and 2,272,727 common shares (the “Additional Shares” and collectively with the Escrowed Shares, the “Consideration Shares“)) in the capital of Gratomic (the “Common Shares“). Additionally, Gratomic has agreed to honour its previous contractual condition to provide NextG with US$500,000 from the first US$1,000,000 of net revenue generated from sales of graphite from the Aukam property pursuant to the issuance of the Additional Shares and the agreement to pay US$250,000 (the “Revenue Amount“). In the event the Revenue Amount is not paid in full by the 12-month anniversary of the Closing (the “Due Date“), then any outstanding Revenue Amount will be settled by the issuance to NextG of that number of common shares (the “Settlement Shares“) as is arrived at by dividing the then outstanding Revenue Amount by the closing price of the Common Shares on the first trading day following the Due Date, less the maximum discount allowed by the rules of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV“).

The Consideration Shares will be issued to third parties and NextG shareholders (the “NG Recipients“), as directed by NextG, upon condition that no such issuance will result in any such recipient holding more than 9.9% of the Common Shares of Gratomic post issuance. The Escrowed Shares will be subject to an 18-month escrow subject to a release of 1/3 of the original balance every 6 months, pro rata, and the Additional Shares will be subject to an 12-month escrow and shall be released from escrow, pro rata, on the Due Date.

Gratomic has also granted the NG Recipients a right to participate in any future financings of Gratomic at the same price as any other participants on a pro rata basis to its percentage holding in Gratomic (calculated on the basis of the number of Consideration Shares remaining in Escrow) at the time of any such fundraise (calculated on a non-dilutive basis).

The Acquisition (including the issuance of the Consideration Shares and Additional Shares, if any) is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent as are customary for transactions of this size including the approval of the TSXV.

Cliff Bream, President and CEO of Next Graphite said, “we feel that combining the interests in Aukam will optimize the potential of Aukam and allow the shareholders of NextG to participate in the success of Gratomic. Many of us in the two companies have worked together for years, and we have great confidence that Gratomic will be successful with the Aukam project”.

About Gratomic Inc.

Established in 2014, Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on low-cost mine to market commercialization of carbon-neutral, Eco-friendly, high purity vein graphite and is set to become a key player in EV and Renewable Resource supply chains. Gratomic Inc. is a leader among peers, anticipating full operational capabilities in late 2020 and aiming to transition to an open pit operation as early as the end of 2021.

Gratomic is in the process of solidifying its development plans for micronization and spheronization of its clean Aukam graphite. This significant milestone is a small, additional step in the Company’s existing Eco-friendly processing cycle and will allow its naturally high purity graphite to meet ideal North American battery grade standards for use in Li-ion battery anodes.

The Company promises to deliver mine-to-market traceability and guaranteed quality control. This will be accomplished by providing documented tracking on all graphite generated at its flagship Aukam Graphite Project. The tracking will begin at Aukam and will be verified at every stage during transport.

Two off-take purchase agreements are currently held for lump-vein graphite sourced from Gratomic’s Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia, Africa. Fulfillment of the contracts is slated to begin in 2021. The agreements exist with TODAQ and Phu Sumika.

TODAQ is an innovative tech company and will partner with Gratomic on its mine-to-market commodity tracking.

Phu Sumika is a large global graphite supplier to battery and lubrication companies. Gratomic Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

For more information: visit the website at www.gratomic.ca or contact:

Arno Brand at [email protected] or 416 561-4095

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Lomiko $LMR.ca Forms Technical, Safety, and Sustainability Committee and Charter to Oversee La Loutre Assessment $CJC.ca $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:04 AM on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Vancouver, B.C., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lomiko Metals Inc. (“Lomiko”) (TSX-V: LMR, OTC: LMRMF, FSE: DH8C) is focused on the exploration and development of flake graphite in Quebec for the new green economy.  Lomiko is pleased to announce the Board of Directors has formed a Technical, Safety, and Sustainability Committee (“LTSSC”), reporting to the Board of Directors.  At the time of formation, the LTSCC is comprised of A. Paul Gill, CEO, and two Independent Directors, Gabriel Erdelyi and Julius Galik.

LTSSC Committee Responsibilities

The LTSSC will oversee the assessment of the La Loutre Flake Graphite Property, and liaise with service providers, technical staff and stakeholders to put forward a series of crucial technical documents including, but not limited to, a Scope of Work (SOW), Graphite Characterization and Metallurgy, Response for Proposal (RFP) on a Preliminary Economic Assessment, and, if required, pre-feasibility, bulk samples, pilot plant, feasibility and construction plans.  The Committee will govern the hiring of technical staff, liaise with extra-company agencies and representatives, and provide a conduit to the Board of Directors to make crucial decisions on the project.

Further additions to the Committee and the Lomiko team are anticipated and will be announced when confirmed.

Lomiko’s Near Term Goals

Graphite demand is expected to increase exponentially for the mined natural graphite material, as more is used in the production of spherical graphite for graphite in the anode portion of Electric Vehicle Lithium-ion batteries.

Lomiko completed a $ 750,000 financing October 23, 2020 and plans to work on its near-term goals:

1) Complete 100% Acquisition of the Property, currently 80% owned by Lomiko Metals.

2) Complete metallurgy and graphite characterization to confirm li-ion anode grade material.

3) Complete a Technical Report to confirm that the extent of the mineralization equals or surpasses the nearby Imerys Mine, owned by an international mining conglomerate.

A “technical report” means a report prepared and filed in accordance with this Instrument and Form 43-101F1 Technical Report, and includes, in summary form, all material scientific and technical information in respect of the subject property as of the effective date of the technical report;

4) Complete Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA)

A PEA means a study, other than a pre-feasibility or feasibility study, that includes an economic analysis of the potential viability of mineral resources.

For more information on Lomiko Metals, Promethieus, review the website at www.lomiko.com, and www.promethieus.com, contact A. Paul Gill at 604-729-5312 or email: [email protected]

On Behalf of the Board

“A. Paul Gill”

Director, Chief Executive Officer

Gratomic $GRAT.ca Updates Masonry and Concrete Work Progress at Aukam Mine $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca #TODAQ $NMI.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:31 PM on Monday, November 9th, 2020

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / November 9, 2020 / Gratomic Inc. (“GRAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV:GRAT)(OTC Pink:CBULF)(FRANKFURT:CB81)(WKN:A143MR) is pleased to announce that local concrete and brick crews have recently arrived on-site at Aukam. The local contractors have been employed to construct the foundations for the custom designed and constructed water filtration deionization unit, settling reservoir, and product thickener tanks, along with various smaller non-structural components of the processing plant build-out.

Gratomic is very pleased to include local, independent builders in the construction of its Aukam Graphite Project. This collaborative effort will allow the Company to adhere to its strict timelines, while simultaneously providing opportunities to local businesses and community members. The workers have been commissioned from the nearby town of Aus to complete construction work on various foundations and tanks.

Upon arrival on site, the crews promptly began pouring concrete and commencing the brick work required on the foundational platform designed to house the custom water filtration & deionization unit. The crew has since completed this project, which will accommodate ten separate water storage tanks with a cumulative capacity of 100,000 liters. The construction crews have since moved onto the build-out of the settling reservoir tanks, from there they will continue onto constructing the walls for the product thickener tank.

Completion of the water filtration and deionization system will allow the Company to achieve its objective of a 95% water recycling rate during the graphite processing phase. The Company is very pleased to have completed the build-out on this aspect of the processing plant and is dedicated to preserving and protecting natural resources, securing them for future generations.

“We are ecstatic to have completed this phase of construction so quickly and look forward to seeing the rapid progress made by the talented professionals we have brought in to assist with the completion of the Aukam Processing Plant project.” says President and CEO, Arno Brand.

About Gratomic Inc.

Established in 2014, Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on low-cost mine to market commercialization of carbon-neutral, Eco-friendly, high purity vein graphite and is set to become a key player in EV and Renewable Resource supply chains. Gratomic Inc. is a leader among peers, anticipating full operational capabilities in late 2020 and aiming to transition to an open pit operation as early as the end of 2021.

Gratomic is in the process of solidifying its development plans for micronization and spheronization of its clean Aukam graphite. This significant milestone is a small, additional step in the Company’s existing Eco-friendly processing cycle and will allow its naturally high purity graphite to meet ideal North American battery grade standards for use in Li-ion battery anodes.

The Company promises to deliver mine-to-market traceability and guaranteed quality control. This will be accomplished by providing documented tracking on all graphite generated at its flagship Aukam Graphite Project. The tracking will begin at Aukam and will be verified at every stage during transport.

Two off-take purchase agreements are currently held for lump-vein graphite sourced from Gratomic’s Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia, Africa. Fulfillment of the contracts is slated to begin in 2021. The agreements exist with TODAQ and Phu Sumika.

TODAQ is an innovative tech company and will partner with Gratomic on its mine-to-market commodity tracking.

Phu Sumika is a large global graphite supplier to battery and lubrication companies.

Gratomic Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

For more information: visit the website at www.gratomic.ca or contact:

Arno Brand at [email protected] or 416 561-4095

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The Hummer EV, the Harley-Davidson E-Bike and Higher Ed. SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $LMR.ca $CJC.ca $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 4:50 PM on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko has an option for 100% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

  • Electrification, online learning, alternative credentials and low-cost degrees at scale.

October was a big month for us electric mobility nerds. First came the Hummer EV reveal, and next came the announcement of a Harley-Davidson electric bike.

What about this $112,595 1,000-horsepower electric vehicle, this still unknown price or specifications e-bike, has anything to do with colleges and universities? The answer to this question depends on how you think about the future of higher ed.

For cars and trucks, the destination of the future is clear, if not the timing. Eventually, at some point, batteries will replace internal combustion. Electric cars are not only emissions-free, they contain exponentially fewer moving parts than traditional vehicles. The electric car or truck of the future will be simpler to produce and will have few parts to break down. This simplicity and reliability will eventually drive down the total costs of ownership.

How long the transition to electric vehicles takes will depend on how long it takes for battery technology to improve. While coming down in price quickly, batteries large enough to power a car for any reasonable range are still hugely expensive. Beyond range anxiety, charging times remain significantly longer than filling up a gas tank, and the charging infrastructure is nowhere near as built out as gas stations.

The Hummer EV is straight out of the Tesla playbook for vehicle electrification. Start with a high-priced luxury model and then use those revenues to drive down the production costs for less expensive models. Nobody needs a $112,000 electric truck. I highly doubt that almost any Hummer EV buyers will drive the thing off-road. The Hummer EV is a status symbol, pure and simple. We may think that this thing is ridiculously over-the-top, but if it helps get us to the transition to affordable electric vehicles, we are happy that GM is going for it.

In higher ed, neither the future destination nor timing is as clear as it is with cars and trucks. There are no direct analogs for internal combustion engines or batteries across the postsecondary ecosystem.

However, we can make some broad projections about the dominant trends shaping the future of higher education. As with the need to move away from internal combustion due to the necessity to decarbonize in the face of a climate emergency, higher ed faces its own reckoning in the form of demographic shifts and diminished public funding. The environment that almost every college and university must navigate will only get more challenging in the years to come. The declining number of high school graduates in the Northeast and Midwest, combined with dwindling state support levels, will force schools to evolve their business models.

Just as GM is not doing away with gas-powered cars, colleges and universities will not abandon their core residential degree programs. These residential degree programs, however, will be increasingly joined and supplemented by online programs. Schools have no choice but to go after new markets for students, especially at the master’s level. The full-time master’s student will still exist but in ever-diminishing proportions. The future of graduate school belongs to the adult working professional, and that means online programs.

The question is, will most schools stop at online learning? I don’t think so. We are likely to see an industrywide shift to both alternative online credentials (certificates) and lower-cost online degrees at scale. If online education is like vehicle batteries, alternative credentials and low-cost scaled degrees are like autonomous driving. The future of mobility is not only electric but also self-driving (and perhaps ride sharing).

Today, autonomous vehicles are still controversial. Nobody knows when the self-driving future will arrive, and automakers are pursuing different strategies to develop these technologies. Alternative online credentials and low-cost degrees at scale are similarly controversial within higher ed. Some schools are going all out in creating that future. Others are hanging back. Like auto companies, colleges and universities that wait too long to develop the capabilities for certificates/scaled degrees might find themselves on the wrong side of the future.

What about the electric bicycle from Harley-Davidson? I think that lesson here is about a willingness to experiment. Harley might find that e-bikes serve as a gateway drug to electric motorcycles. Who knows. A technology-forward electric bike will make the Harley brand relevant to a segment of consumers that doesn’t think much about motorcycles.

Too often, colleges and universities are afraid to experiment in adjacent sectors (motorcycles to e-bikes) out of fear of damaging their brands. Many more colleges and universities could be following the lead of Georgia Tech or Boston University or Illinois by offering affordable online degrees at scale. We don’t know if these scaled online programs can be delivered with high quality or if offering them reduces the demand for existing residential programs.

The only way to figure this out, however, is to experiment. If a company as traditional as Harley-Davidson can try something new with an e-bike, shouldn’t we be willing to do the same?

SOURCE: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/learning-innovation/hummer-ev-harley-davidson-e-bike-and-higher-ed

Gratomic $GRAT.ca Begins Its Ascent into the EV Battery Market Supply Chain $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca #TODAQ $NMI.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 12:23 PM on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / October 28, 2020 / Gratomic Inc. (“GRAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV:GRAT) (OTC Pink:CBULF) (FRANKFURT:CB81) (WKN:A143MR) announces that it is in the process of submitting 243 Kg of high purity graphite concentrate obtained from its pilot testing program for characterization for use as anode material in Lithium Ion battery cells. The graphite will initially be put through an Air Classification process in Toronto, Ontario and from there will be sent to Dorfner Anzaplan in Germany to undergo spherical micronization and classification. This verification process should establish Gratomic as a leader among its peers in proving that its graphite will be suitable for the anode material supply chain for North American battery manufacturers like Tesla, Panasonic, and others.

High grade Aukam graphite is taken to 99.9% purity through a non-invasive and carbon neutral process. Upon verification of quality and purity, the graphite will then be put through the spherical micronization process where it is ‘polished’ and ‘rounded,’ taking it from a flake to potato shape. Next the graphite will be put through a coating process, which strengthens the mineral improving surface area and increasing cycle times of the particles leading to improved conductivity. From there, it will be acceptable for use in Lithium Ion battery applications.

Being only a few short weeks away from completion of its processing plant (see Press Release dated October 15, 2020), Gratomic is providing a leg up on the competition in this rapidly expanding sector with its Eco-friendly and clean graphite options. Follow the link provided to view progress on final construction of the Aukam Graphite processing facility, which will include an on-site Air Classification unit in the near future https://gratomic.ca/aukam-2020/?et_fb=1&PageSpeed=off

President and CEO, Arno Brand, along with COO and Head of Graphite Marketing and Sales, Armando Farhate, have collaborated on next steps for Gratomic Inc. and its clean Aukam graphite. The pair have conducted extensive research into battery manufacturing requirements for graphite and are laying the groundwork for the Company’s transition into this sought-after market. The pair will continue with Gratomic’s current outreach program to North American EV battery manufacturers.

Experts agree that graphite anodes will remain in use for the foreseeable future, as breakthrough alternative versions of battery anodes are still years away from commercial production. In the meantime, Gratomic intends to provide the EV Market and Renewable Energy Sectors with clean, Eco-friendly graphite with a near neutral carbon footprint.

The Graphite concentrate is scheduled to leave Namibia for Toronto on October 30th after a slight delay related to COVID – 19 restrictions implemented by the Government of Namibia.

Steve Gray, P. Geo. and a Director of the Company has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release and is the Company’s “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Dorfner Anzaplan

The Company is currently preparing to initiate a development process in partnership with German specialist Dorfner Anzaplan, in order to identify the ideal process route for micronization and spheronization of its high purity graphite sourced from its Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia. Gratomic aims to meet stringent specifications from potential battery manufacturing strategic partners and clientele.

“ANZAPLAN offers advanced graphite evaluation services for high value applications including strongly growing markets such as anode materials in lithium ion batteries and expandable graphite. Starting with the initial characterization of the graphite ore through development of a beneficiation process to obtain a high-quality flake graphite concentrate, shaping and purification into battery grade spherical graphite, characterization of electrochemical performance and testing of Li ion cells”(Anzaplan. “Graphite.” ANZAPLAN, ANZAPLAN, 2020, www.anzaplan.com/minerals/graphite).

“ANZAPLAN’s facilities offer process design and engineering for flake graphite for a wide range of downstream products including purified spherical graphite with a cost and time efficient spheroidization equipment developed in cooperation with a renown German equipment manufacturer NETZSCH” (Anzaplan. “Graphite.” ANZAPLAN, ANZAPLAN, 2020, www.anzaplan.com/minerals/graphite/).

Established in 1985, ANZAPLAN is the leading company for engineering and consulting services for metals and mineral projects. They provide various services utilized by mining companies to de-risk projects, provide insights, aid in product development, and assist with planning requirements. The Company even presented at the 2020 Lithium-Ion Battery Materials & Rare-Earth Elements Supply Chain Seminar this past February.

About Gratomic Inc.

Established in 2014, Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on low-cost mine to market commercialization of carbon-neutral, Eco-friendly, high purity vein graphite and is set to become a key player in EV and Renewable Resource supply chains. Gratomic Inc. is a leader among peers, anticipating full operational capabilities in late 2020 and aiming to transition to an open pit mine as early as 2021.

The Company promises to deliver mine-to-market traceability and guaranteed quality control. This will be accomplished by providing documented tracking on all graphite generated at its flagship Aukam Graphite Project. The tracking will begin at Aukam and will be verified at every stage during transport.

Two off-take purchase agreements are currently held for lump-vein graphite sourced from Gratomic’s Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia, Africa. Fulfillment of the contracts is slated to begin in late 2020. The agreements exist with TODAQ and Phu Sumika.

TODAQ is an innovative tech company and will partner with Gratomic on its mine-to-market commodity tracking.

Phu Sumika is a large global graphite supplier to battery and lubrication companies.

Gratomic Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

For more information: visit the website at www.gratomic.ca or contact:

Arno Brand at [email protected] or 416 561-4095

Lomiko $LMR.ca Talks Up Biden’s Critical Mineral Plans $CJC.ca $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:29 AM on Monday, October 26th, 2020

Lomiko Metals Inc. is focused on the exploration and development of graphite for the new green economy. Lomiko has been monitoring emerging legislation aimed at reducing dependence on Chinese supply of graphite, lithium and other electric vehicle battery materials. One hundred per cent of graphite is currently imported to the United States as there are no domestic graphite mines able to produce material for graphite anodes used in electric vehicles. Please also refer to news releases dated Sept. 9, 2020, and Oct. 7, 2020, related to changing government policies regarding critical minerals.

U.S. Election Bonus for Critical Minerals Mining

In a boon for the critical minerals mining industry, former vice-president and current presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s campaign has privately told U.S. miners it would support boosting domestic production of metals used to make electric vehicles, solar panels and other products crucial to his climate plan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Mr. Biden, who served as Barack Obama’s vice-president and is well regarded in conservation circles, has been expected to continue in that vein. The U.S. Democratic presidential candidate also supports bipartisan efforts to foster a domestic supply chain for graphite, lithium, copper, rare earths, nickel and other strategic materials that the United States imports from China and other countries, the sources said. Mr. Biden is also well regarded by the Canadian government on issues of mining and green energy which has a Canada-U.S. supply strategy agreement.

On Sept. 28, 2020, Canadian ministers discussed opportunities to drive Canada’s natural resources advantage by building on Canada’s strong environmental, social and governance performance record to attract investment, generate new value chains and create job opportunities across Canada, including for indigenous businesses and communities. Ministers agreed that an inclusive approach that builds capacity and ensures diversity is a key ingredient to Canada’s successful economic recovery.

Co-chaired by Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Ranj Pillai, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources for Yukon, they agreed to work together to build an all-Canadian critical minerals and battery value chain across sectors and pursue engagement with Lomiko’s partners in the United States and beyond.

“Canada’s economy is in a strong position to recover and excel post-COVID because of our natural resource potential. All communities across Canada should play a part, whether it is contributing critical minerals to the supply chain, advancing innovative energy development, or adding jobs and capacity to our remote and northern communities,” said Mr. Pillai.

Lomiko’s opportunity in the supply chain

Graphite demand is expected to increase exponentially for the mined natural graphite material, as more is used in the production of spherical graphite for graphite in the anode portion of electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries.

With the completion of a $750,000 financing on Oct. 23, 2020, Lomiko plans to work on its near-term goals as follows:

  1. Complete 100-per-cent acquisition of the property, currently 80 per cent owned by Lomiko Metals;
  2. Complete metallurgy and graphite characterization to confirm lithium-ion anode-grade material;
  3. Complete a technical report to confirm the extent of the mineralization equals or surpasses the nearby Imerys mine, owned by an international mining conglomerate;
  4. Complete preliminary economic assessment (PEA).

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Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 1:51 PM on Monday, October 19th, 2020
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  • Mobilizing all three of its 100% owned drills to execute a strategic diamond drill program targeting areas proximal to known graphite mineralization

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / October 19, 2020 / Gratomic Inc. (“GRAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV:GRAT)(OTC Pink:CBULF)(FRANKFURT:CB81)(WKN:A143MR) is pleased to provide a graphite mineralization update for its Flagship Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia, Africa.

Gratomic Inc. is currently mobilizing all three of its 100% owned drills to execute a strategic diamond drill program targeting areas proximal to known graphite mineralization previously defined by mining, diamond drilling, and surface sampling. The drill program will also incorporate exploratory drilling, testing known structures along strike and optimized targets indicated by recent Geophysical Surveys.

Two phases of diamond drilling will be executed. The first of which will involve tightly spaced infill drilling in ML215 (Figure 1), targeting areas below and along visible strike from the main underground workings within, and around, the graphite bearing shear zone. Delineation drilling in EPL3895 & EPL6710 of known structures and new targets optimized by geophysical surveys will also be tested. Strategic planning of the drilling program is expected to assist with calculating a NI 43-101 mineral resource at Aukam in support of the completion of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA).

Figure 1: Gratomic Inc. Mining and Exploration Licenses

2020 Diamond Drilling

Diamond drilling executed on Mining License ML215 will first test the strongest EM conductor C1 on Grid 1 (Fig 2 & 3). Drill holes will initially be spaced 40 metres apart testing each of the five conductors delineating the extent of the graphite mineralization proximal to past mining activities. Two holes per drill set up will initially be completed targeting 20 metres below the overburden, with the second hole drilled steeper to intersect 40 metres below the first hole. Subsequent infill drilling, based on delineation results, are to be drilled on 20 metre centres between the 40 metre spaced holes both along strike and at depth (down dip).

Drilling planned in Grid 2 – EPL6710 will concentrate on conductors C1a & C1b (Fig 2 & 4) with delineation drilling spaced initially at 40 metre centres.

Figure 2: Geophysical Survey & 2020 Diamond Drill Areas

Figure 3: Grid 1 Geophysical Survey & Drilling Areas
HLEM response: Conductors C1 to C5 interpreted as graphitic mineralization with C1 the strongest EM anomaly.

Figure 4: Grid 2 Geophysical Survey & Drilling Areas
Analytical Signal (AS) response: C1 interpreted as graphitic mineralization.

Arno Brand, President and CEO of Gratomic Inc, states “Now that travel restrictions due to Covid-19 have softened enough to allow our Geologic Team to make their way to site, planned drilling, specifically infill drilling, will allow us to quickly outline areas at Aukam which we plan to bulk sample. Upon completion of our Graphite Processing Plant during Q4-2020 we expect to process both current stockpiles and the intended bulk sample material in Q1-2021.”

Steve Gray, P. Geo. and a Director of the Company has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release and is the Company’s “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Gratomic Inc.

Established in 2014, Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of carbon-neutral, high purity vein graphite. The Company is focused on producing low-cost, eco-friendly graphite and is set to become a key player in EV and Renewable Resource supply chains. Gratomic Inc. is a leader among its peers, promising to deliver mine-to-market traceability and guaranteed quality control. This will be accomplished by providing documented tracking of the nearly negligible carbon footprint on all graphite generated at its flagship Aukam Graphite Project. The tracking will begin at Aukam and will be verified at every stage during transport.

Two off-take purchase agreements are currently held for lump-vein graphite sourced from Gratomic’s Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia, Africa. Fulfillment of the contracts is slated to begin in late 2020. The agreements exist with TODAQ and Phu Sumika.

TODAQ is an innovative tech company and will partner with Gratomic on its mine-to-market commodity tracking.

Phu Sumika is a large global graphite supplier to battery and lubrication companies.

The Company anticipates full operational capabilities in late 2020 and aims to transition to an open pit mine as early as 2021.

Gratomic Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

For more information: visit the website at www.gratomic.ca or contact:

Arno Brand at [email protected] or 416 561-4095

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