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INTERVIEW: Gratomic Chairman, Sheldon Inwentash Discusses Company’s First Mass Market Graphene Product – The Gratomic Tire

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:36 PM on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

After working in “stealth mode” over the past 18 months and building on a plan to establish the first vertically integrated Graphite to Graphene to Mass Market Product, Gratomic has emerged with an announcement it will be going into commercial production this year via the “Gratomic Tire“.   This is no small feat. Graphene has been touted as a miracle material, a superhero of modern chemistry. Yet, no small cap company has been able to produce any commercial success from graphene.

That is all about to change according to the following statement by Ian Walters of Perpetuus Carbon Technologies:
“We can only conclude that the Gratomic Tire due to be launched later this year is well placed to revolutionise the commercial Tire market and establish the first Graphite mine to commercial exploitation “vertical” for graphenes derived from mined graphite.”
More than just lip service, Perpetuus has over 500 customers testing their graphenes and has tested every graphite in the world. Graphene derived from Gratomics’ Aukam Graphite Mine in Namibia has beat them all.
In his first interview ever as Gratomic Chairman, Sheldon Inwentash discusses why the global tire market is the first mass market product to evolve from its’ partnership with Perpetuus and how big of an opportunity it represents. In short, “this is where the rubber hits the road”.
Enjoy the video and we look forward to your questions below.

CKR Carbon $ Extends Case Zone 300 Metres South at Buckingham #Graphite Project

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:33 AM on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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  • Start of drilling and trenching at it’s 100% owned Buckingham graphite project in Quebec
  • To date one hole and two trenches have been completed, all of which show visible graphite mineralization

Toronto, Ontario–(August 17, 2017) – CKR Carbon Corporation. (TSXV: CKR) (FSE: CB81) (“CKR” or the “Company”) an integrated graphite to hybrid graphenes advanced nano material development company is pleased to announce the start of drilling and trenching at it’s 100% owned Buckingham graphite project in Quebec. To date one hole and two trenches have been completed, all of which show visible graphite mineralization.

Graphite in the first hole occurs in mineralized marble from 20 metres to 30 metres and from 50 to 107 metres, with un-mineralized quartzite in between. Graphite also occurs in marble in the second hole from 10 metres to 28 metres which is the current depth of the hole.

Trenching is following up on electromagnetic anomalies determined by an airborne survey carried out in the fall of 2016. Two trenches have been completed, the first of which uncovered graphite mineralized marble with the graphite mineralization easily identified by blue-grey coloured smearing in the bottom of the trench (see Figure 1). The second trench also shows marble hosted graphite mineralization with the north wall of the trench appearing to be well mineralized (see Figure 2). The graphite mineralization uncovered by the trenches extends the known mineralization in the Case Zone a further 300 metres along strike to the south.

Figure 1. Blue grey smearing of graphite mineralized marble on floor of trench

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Figure 2. Graphite mineralization in wall of trench

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“We are pleased with the initial results of our drilling and trenching program at the Buckingham Project,” said Roger Moss, Chief Executive Officer of CKR Carbon. “We look forward to providing updates as the work continues.”

The technical content of this News Release was approved by Roger Moss Ph.D., P.Geo, a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

About CKR Carbon Corporation

CKR Carbon Corporation is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. We are collaborating with a leading European manufacturer of graphenes to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol CKR.

About the Buckingham Project

The 100%-owned Buckingham Graphite Property is located 7 kilometres northwest of the town of Buckingham, Quebec, Canada and consists of eight claim blocks totaling 480 hectares. Well-maintained bush roads provide easy access to the property. The property lies within the Central Metasedimentary Belt of the Grenville Geologic Province with graphite occurring disseminated in paragneiss and within veins hosted within pegmatite, diopside skarn, marble and gneiss.

Two graphitic zones, the Uncle Zone and the Case Zone have been discovered to date, with both zones showing high grade occurrences of disseminated flake and vein type graphite and yielding assay values as high as 81.1% Cg. Initial crushing and flotation of two samples from the Uncle zone has achieved purity up to 99.4% Cg from a single flotation test without process optimization (see news release dated February 17, 2015).

For more information: visit the website at or contact:

Roger Moss, CEO, +1 416-704-8291 E-mail inquiries: [email protected]

For graphite product enquiries:

Arno Brand, +1 416-561-4095 [email protected]

“Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.”

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains forward-looking statements, which relate to future events or future performance and reflect management’s current expectations and assumptions.  Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company. Investors are cautioned that these forward looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ materially from those expected. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and by those made in our filings with SEDAR in Canada (available at


NEW CLIENT ALERT: AGORACOM Welcomes CKR Carbon Corporation $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:04 AM on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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  • Only historical graphite producer in Namibia
  • High grade vein type deposit
  • Produced 25,000 tonnes of graphite periodically between 1940 and 1974
  • Occurs within a shear zone within the Namaqua Complex
  • Medium to large flake distribution
  • Located 120 miles from the Port of Luderitz
  • Underground water available on site


View Aukam Graphite Deposit 2016 Technical Report

CKR is an emerging Advanced Materials company focused on developing its 63% owned Lump graphite mine in Namibia. CKR expects to generate revenue supplying feed to a pre-existing processing facility in Namibia for refinement. CKR intends use of proceeds to contribute to its internal development of a Graphene tire to supply to the auto industry within the next 12 to 18 months.

The Aukam Mine


Requires Namibian Ministry of natural resources approval (2 environmental assessments) to reinstate all the mine; which has sat idle since 1974. There are open adits, underground narrow high grade veining of high quality, around 20% Carbon.  The graphite has the highest degree of crystallinity of all forms of graphite. There is no need to prove up mine beyond certain parameters, the mine is not the “asset” driving value; it’s the quality and purity of the graphite that allows for better economics in processing into graphene for “future” uses.

It’s the refinement of their “asset” for commercialization purposes that will drive value. CAPEX is very low, starting at 800k, CKR plans to produce 100tonnes of graphite per annum at $80 to 100$ p/t.

Aukam is scaleable – within the context of a growing market.

Commercialization will occur inside Namibia, qualifying the purification/processing of its graphite into a saleable, refined graphene suitable as inputs into the burgeoning Advanced Materials market. CKR intends to utilize its own graphene for development and industrial production of automobile tires containing graphene.  The addition of graphene is intended to reduce wear and tear and achieve greater longevity.

The Aukam mine  is a small though integral element for CKR to augment into its desired state, without it the company would not be as opportunistic  in the belief that they can mine, process and refine to revenue that will support their R&D in an emerging Graphene market. CKR seeks to develop sustainable revenue through Aukam mining that is supportive of internal R&D, developing applications for consumer and commercial uses within the car tire subsegment of the Automobile Industry

Accessibility, Climate, Local Resources, Infrastructure and Physiography


Access to the property farm gate is via a 52.6 km graded gravel road (D446 and D727) from the main tar road (B4 Highway). This road is accessible to conventional cars. From the farm gate to the foot of the range that hosts the deposit (another 1km) is accessible by four-wheel drive gravel track, but essentially all-weather. The mine site workings are on a rugged slope and there is limited access by a bulldozed road. Access to the upper adits and open pit is by foot.


The Aukam Graphite deposit is located in an area of southern Namibia with both summer and winter rainfall. In the austral summer, daytime temperatures peak in the mid 40° Celsius, while in winter temperatures can go as low as freezing. Rainfall in winter is generally light drizzle with occasional harder falls and sometimes flurries. In summer, the rainfall is associated with occasional thunderstorms and is of short duration, but can be of very high intensity. All of the streams within the area are ephemeral and can flow very strongly after summer rainfall. Average annual rainfall is 50-150 mm.


The infrastructure in the area is good with access to the site possible throughout the year. The Aukam Graphite deposit is relatively close to a main tar road and well graded so the only construction required would be a ±2 km long access road to site. There is a national power grid that passes 2 km from the property. A link would likely be required. Water is available in large amounts from underground aquifers (there is an old pump station at the foot of the mountain which was used previously to supply operations with water). The nearest rail link is located next to the main highway (some 70 km from site). Suitable areas for tailings dams and flotation plants are available dependent on eventual plant design. The nearest town of Aus is some 87 km away by road. The area is very arid farmland. 


The Aukam Graphite deposit lies at an elevation between 1150m and 1300m above sea level. The surrounding area is up until 1450m above sea level at the highest point. The area is rugged with steep sided valleys and abrupt changes in local relief caused by differential erosion.

Geological Setting

The Aukam graphite deposit daylights in an erosional window incised through the hard layers of sedimentary rocks that mantle southern Namibia. The older hosting rocks, known as the Namaqualand Complex, are assemblage of gneisses, marbles, schists, quartzites, amphibolites with nested intrusive rocks including granite and gabbros. This suite of rocks indicates that the entire complex was once deeply buried. Intrusive events of charnockites have been dated between 1300 and 900 million years ago (Kroner and Blignault, 1976). Steep dipping shear zones are common and some are dated by Joubert (1974) around 1200 million years ago.

A prominent flat-lying and resistant sediment layer overlies the erosional unconformity at the top of the Namaqualand Complex. The specific formation has yet to be confirmed; however, it is likely to be the lowest most member of the Nama Group (Dabis Formation).

Hydrothermal alteration is common to some rocks in the window as is pegmatite veining. Both are evidence of hot water flowing through the rock. The graphite occurs at one such site where over-pressured hot waters evidently carrying carbon dioxide and maybe methane mineralized carbon into a zone of broken rock. This hosting “shear zone” is exposed for 350 m.

Reimer (1984) identified the sheared host rock at Aukam as Proterozoic granite hydrothermally altered to kaolinite and speculated on a biogenic origin to the graphite. However, he also considers Mueller’s (1971) opinion that veins from an unspecified location in Namibia sounding like Aukam was an “inorganic derivation of the hydrocarbons”.

Schneider and Genis [2001] have published a brief description of the graphite deposit:

“The zone comprises three parallel lodes. Veins, lenses and pockets of ore, several centimeters wide, dip 70 to 90 degrees to the south. The graphite, which is of the fine-flakey to lumpy type, usually contains malachite specs, while sulphur occurs along cracks. The graphite veins are flanked by a pale-green, highly epidotized and kaolinized granite which is soft and highly decomposed.”

The grayish rock and lineaments in the Aukam shear zone are clearly visible in satellite imagery. An inspection of the satellite data has yet to find a similar structure, although there are multiple locations demonstrating alteration that need to be investigated.




Lomiko Receives TSX Venture Approval to Invest $300,000 in Graphene 3D Lab Reverse Takeover

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:19 PM on Friday, May 16th, 2014

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(May 16, 2014) – LOMIKO METALS INC. (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(PINKSHEETS:LMRMF)(FRANKFURT:DH8B)(Europe: ISIN: CA54163Q1028, WKN: A0Q9W7,) (the “Company”) announces that it has received conditional approval from the TSX Venture Exchange to invest, through its wholly owned subsidiary, $300,000 in a private placement at .25 for 1,200,000 shares of Matnic Resources Inc. (“Matnic”), a public company that trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX VENTURE:MIK). The transaction is subject to Matnic receiving regulatory approval to a reverse takeover (“RTO”) by Graphene 3D Lab (“Graphene 3D”).

In addition, Lomiko has created the new 100% owned subsidiary, Lomiko Technologies Inc. (“Lomiko Tech”). The above investment will be done through Lomiko Tech and will only proceed if the RTO receives the approval of the Exchange. This transaction is further to the Company’s investment in Graphene 3D, as approved by the Exchange on December 3, 2013. The Company made a $50,000 investment for a 15% interest and was issued 250,000 Series “A” Preferred stock of Graphene 3D. If the RTO is successful, Lomiko will exchange its 250,000 shares of Graphene 3D to shares in the newly formed graphene entity created through the RTO.

“This is an exciting time for graphene and 3D printing companies with large multi-nationals such as Imerys, Samsung and General Electric entering the market.” stated A. Paul Gill, CEO, “Lomiko Technologies allows Lomiko to invest in the future of 3D printing and graphene while Lomiko Metals works toward a 43-101 graphite resource in the near term.”

On September 17, 2013, Lomiko and Graphene Labs reported that in the first step of the conversion process of graphite to graphene, natural graphite flakes were oxidized and turned into Graphene Oxide (“GO”) by a modified Hummer’s method. The properties of graphene, including its high conductivity, mechanical strength, and high specific surface area, make it an ideal electrode material.

On January 20, 2014 Graphene 3D Lab reached a significant milestone by filing a provisional patent application for the use of graphene-enhanced material, along with other materials, in 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing).

Additive Manufacturing is the process of creating a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital file, of virtually any shape. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, whereas successive layers of material are laid down and create different shapes.

Adding graphene to polymers which are conventionally used in 3D printing improves the properties of the polymer in many different ways; it improves the polymers mechanical strength as well as its electrical and thermal conductivity. The method described in the provisional patent application allows consumers to use the polymer, infused with graphene, together with conventional polymers in the same printing process, thereby fabricating functional electronic devices using 3D printing.

New developments in 3D printing will allow for the creation of products with different components, such as printed electronic circuits, sensors, or batteries to be manufactured. 3D Printing is a new and promising manufacturing technology that has garnered much interest, growing from uses in prototyping to everyday products. Today, it is a billion dollar industry growing at a brisk pace

Graphene 3D Lab Inc. Background

Graphene 3D Laboratories Inc a spin-out of Graphene Laboratories Inc, and Lomiko Metals and focuses on the development of high-performance graphene-enhanced materials for 3D Printing. For more information on Graphene 3D Labs, Inc, visit

Lomiko Metals Inc. Background

Lomiko Metals Inc. is a Canada-based, exploration-stage company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of resource properties that contain minerals for the new green economy. Its mineral properties include the Quatre Milles Graphite Property and the Vines Lake property which both have had recent major discoveries.

On Behalf of the Board

A. Paul Gill, Chief Executive Officer

We seek safe harbor. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Lomiko Metals Inc.
A. Paul Gill
[email protected]

Beyond Pencils and Green Technology: The Best Graphite Stocks (NGC, SGH, GPH, CHGI, GTI & GRPH)

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:53 AM on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Graphite is an increasingly important technology component with graphite mining stocks including Northern Graphite Corp (NGC), Standard Graphite Corp (SGH), Graphite One Resources (GPH), China Carbon Graphite Group (CHGI) and Graphite Corp (GRPH) plus GrafTech International (GTI).

Nov 6, 2012 1:33:42 AM PST

Most investors are probably unfamiliar with graphite, a popular choice for electrodes because of its electric conductivity, in part because most of the publicly traded graphite stocks like Northern Graphite Corp (CVE: NGC), Standard Graphite Corp (CVE: SGH) and Graphite One Resources (CVE: GPH) trade on Canadian exchanges but there are a options for US investors, including China Carbon Graphite Group (PINK: CHGI), GrafTech International Ltd (NYSE: GTI) and Graphite Corp (PINK: GRPH). So why should investors be interested in graphite and hence, graphite stocks?

What is Graphite?

First a bit of history: Back in in 1789, the material known as graphite was named “graphite,” a derivative from an ancient Greek word meaning “to draw/write,” because it was already being used in pencils. In fact, most pencil “lead” is actually ground up graphite. Today, graphite is mostly used for batteries, brake linings, expanded graphite, foundry facings, lubricants, refractories and steelmaking. However, the real and potentially “unlimited” (up to a certain point) growth for graphite comes from potential new uses in the form of green initiatives like electric cars, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries (Note: There is 10 times more graphite than lithium in lithium-ion batteries plus it takes 30-40 times more graphite to make these batteries thanks to losses during processing), nuclear energy, solar energy and semiconductors. Likewise, the rise of China, Brazil, India and other emerging markets is creating strong demand for traditional graphite uses e.g. steel making and the automotive industry.


In addition, its worth noting that China produces around 70% of the world’s graphite but production and export growth there is leveling off, costs are rising and quality is falling. Hence, new sources of graphite will need to be developed – meaning there are opportunities for North American based mining stocks.

Price Range for +80 mesh, 94-97%C graphite (US$/tonne)


Canada Listed Graphite Stocks

Among the many small Canadian graphite stocks, the following are worth mentioning briefly as they also trade on the OTC:

Northern Graphite Corp (CVE: NGC). Also trading on the OTCBB under the symbol “NGPHF,” Northern Graphite Corp’s principal asset is the Bissett Creek graphite project that is located 100km east of North Bay, Ontario and 15km from the Trans Canada highway. Northern Graphite Corp believes it will be in a position to begin construction of the mine sometime in early 2013 but those plans will be subject to the availability of financing. On Monday, Northern Graphite Corp rose 1.27% to C$0.80 (NGC has a 52 week trading range of C$0.74 to C$3.47 a share) for a market cap of C$37.50 million plus the stock is down 14.9% since the start of the year and down 30.4% since April 2011 according to Google Finance.


Standard Graphite Corp (CVE: SGH). Positioning itself as North America’s premier pure-play graphite exploration company that also trades on the OTC under the symbol “NGPHF,” Standard Graphite Corp controls a 100% interest in 12 prospective graphite properties within known graphite districts in both Quebec and Ontario. Standard Graphite Corp is currently undertaking an exploration plan and intends to soon commence construction on its Bissett Creek Mine, subject to financing. On Monday, Standard Graphite Corp closed at C$0.180 (SGH has a 52 week trading range of C$0.16 to C$1.07 a share) for a market cap of $3.99 million plus the stock is down 45.45% since last January.


Graphite One Resources (CVE: GPH). Also trading on the OTCQX under the symbol “GPHOF,” Graphite One Resources is a mineral exploration company focused on its Graphite Creek Property located on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. According to Graphite One Resources, the property offers significant potential for the discovery and development of a large-flake, high-grade graphite mineralization exposed at surface – meaning an open pit mine can be used. Graphite One Resources plans to advance Graphite Creek to a NI 43-101 compliant resource in 2013. On Monday, Graphite One Resources rose 3.03% to C$0.170 (GPH has a trading range of C$0.06 to C$0.40 a share) for a market cap of C$14.59 million plus the stock is up 54.5% since the start of the year and down 62.2% over the past five years.


US Listed Graphite Stocks

The few pure US listed graphite stocks that investors should be aware of include the following:

China Carbon Graphite Group (PINK: CHGI). Founded in 1986 as a state-owned carbon and graphite manufacturer and restructured in 2002 as a private enterprise. China Carbon Graphite Group is one of China’s leading wholesale suppliers of fine grain and high purity graphite and it’s a top overall producer of carbon and graphite products. There is not too much written about China Carbon Graphite Group but for what its worth given it’s a Chinese company, the company does issue regular earnings reports with the last one noting the ramp up of its higher margin business. On Friday (the last day CHGI traded), China Carbon Graphite Group fell 9.8% to $0.460 (CHGI has a 52 week trading range of $0.32 to $1.26 a share) for a market cap of $11.15 million plus the stock is up 2.2% since the start of the year and down 22.5% over the past five years according to Yahoo! Finance.

Chart forChina Carbon Graphite Group, Inc. (CHGI)

GrafTech International (NYSE: GTI). A world leader in graphite material science with more than 125 years of experience in the carbon and graphite industry, GrafTech International products are used in a variety of applications in various industries, including metal production, electronics, chemicals, aerospace and transportation. The last time GrafTech International reported earnings, shares soared because they beat expectations although revenue and net income both fell. Likewise, GrafTech International’s sales for its core industrial-materials business fell 14% but the smaller engineered-solutions segment (e.g. consumer products) rose 41%. In addition, GrafTech International’s bottom line had surged 46% in the second quarter thanks to higher prices for its graphite electrodes and needle coke. On Monday, GrafTech International rose 0.38% to $10.63 (GTI has a 52 week trading range of $8.45 to $17.69 a share) for a market cap of $1.43 billion plus the stock is down 22.1% since the start of the year and down 39.7% over the past five years.

Graphite Corp (PINK: GRPH). An exploration stage company focused on the evaluation, acquisition and development of domestic graphite mining opportunities, Graphite Corp believes the best alternate source of flake graphite is located in Alabama along with Montana. Hence, Graphite Corp is an investor’s best bet for a pure play graphite stock whose source of graphite is safely located in the USA should there be an interruption with supplies of graphite from China. Moreover, Graphite Corp has completed a total of $750,000 worth of equity financings to fund the acquisitions of its properties in Alabama and Montana and to begin initial work programs while budgets and exploration plans are being developed with work to beginning this quarter. Hence, Graphite Corp is a graphite stock investors should be watching. On Monday, Graphite Corp fell 2.56% to $0.760 (GRPH has a 52 week trading range of $0.20 to $1.05 a share) for a market cap $18.01 million plus the stock is down about 5% since last October.

Chart forGraphite Corp. (GRPH)

The Bottom Line. Irrespective of the economy, graphite will only meaning investors at least need to keep an eye on graphite stocks like Northern Graphite Corp, Standard Graphite Corp, Graphite One Resources, China Carbon Graphite Group, GrafTech International and Graphite Corp.


Lithium-Ion Battery that Charges 120 Times Faster than Normal Developed

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:38 PM on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

A super fast-charging lithium-ion battery capable of being recharged 30 to 120 times faster than conventional li-ion batteries has been developed by researchers.


The researchers think that they can use this technology to create a battery pack for electric vehicles that will fully charge in less than a minute.

The primary issue with rechargeable batteries is the increased charging time that results as their volume grows. Since batteries charge from the outside towards the inside, the thicker the battery becomes the longer it will takes to charge. This is solvable to a degree by breaking the larger battery into smaller individual cells, but there are limits to that.

“The Korean method takes the cathode material — standard lithium manganese oxide (LMO) in this case — and soaks it in a solution containing graphite. Then, by carbonizing the graphite-soaked LMO, the graphite turns into a dense network of conductive traces that run throughout the cathode. This new cathode is then packaged normally, with an electrolyte and graphite anode, to create the fast-charging li-ion battery. Other factors, such as the battery’s energy density and cycle life seem to remain unchanged.”

The networks of carbonized graphite created by this process essentially function as blood vessels. They allow nearly the whole of the battery to recharge at the same time, speeding the recharge up by 30 to 120 times.

“Now, for all intents and purposes, this is a standard lithium-ion battery that could be used in smartphones and laptops — but the network of conductive traces does increase the overall size of the battery, so it’s probably better suited for use in electric vehicles (EVs). Obviously, an EV that can be recharged in under a minute is pretty crazy — though it still only brings them in-line with their gas-guzzling cousins. Being able to charge quickly is convenient, but it doesn’t get around the fact that li-ion battery packs are incredibly expensive — and the Korean carbonized LMO battery certainly won’t be cheap.”

Fast-charging batteries for phones and computers sound very appealing, though, so I can’t imagine that this technology won’t end up being applied that way eventually. The researchers also mention potential applications in wireless mice and keyboards, and other small electronics.

Imagine being able to charge an electric car in a minute; cheap, fast, no gasoline fumes, and no CO2 emissions.

Source: Clean Technica (