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INTERVIEW: HPQ Silicon $HPQ.ca Discusses Importance Of Operational “Mini Model” Of Planned 200 tonnes Per Annum Pilot Plant

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:19 PM on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

PUREVAP(TM) Pilot Plant Testing Starting Early With Commissioning of $HPQ.ca 1/250 Scale Pilot Equipment

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 7:40 AM on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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  • Advanced, second stage bench testing program is about to commence
  • Gen 2 PUREVAPtm Quartz Reduction Reactor (“QRR”) reactor, 1/250 scale model of the planned 200 tonnes per annum (tpa) Pilot Plant will be operational in the coming weeks

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Sept. 19, 2017) – HPQ Silicon Resources Inc (“HPQ”) (TSX VENTURE:HPQ)(FRANKFURT:UGE)(OTC PINK:URAGF) is pleased to advise shareholders that an advanced, second stage bench testing program is about to commence. PyroGenesis Canada Inc (PyroGenesis) has informed HPQ that the Gen 2 PUREVAPtm Quartz Reduction Reactor (“QRR”) reactor, 1/250 scale model of the planned 200 tonnes per annum (tpa) Pilot Plant will be operational in the coming weeks.

Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and CEO of HPQ Silicon stated, “The design and construction of the Gen 2 PUREVAPtm QRR is another exciting step toward commercialization and is a result of the collaborative efforts of PyroGenesis and HPQ. Building on our success to date the Gen 2 PUREVAPtm QRR will allow for further refinements to the silicon purification and testing of the numerous process improvements now planned for the Pilot Plant. This will greatly de-risk our project and provide valuable information sooner as we continue to make the process adjustments needed to produce Solar Grade Silicon Metal.”

GEN 1 PUREVAPtm QRR REACTOR: SUCCESSFUL AND NOW BEING RETIRED

The first generation batch lab scale PUREVAPtm QRR (now referred to as Gen 1 PUREVAPtm) was built to prove the concept that quartz could be transformed in one step into Silicon Metal (Si), for the solar panel industry. A series of tests using the Gen 1 PUREVAPtm were ordered (September 2, 2016 PR) to generate key technical data required for the design of the 200 tpa pilot plant capable of producing Solar Grade Si (SoG Si). The Gen 1 PUREVAPtm process succeeded, demonstrating significant impurity removal, in one step, transforming low purity SiO2 (Quartz) into 3N+ Purity Si (99.97% Si) (May 16, 2017 PR, January 26, 2017 PR, November 29, 2016 PR, November 2, 2016 PR and September 29, 2016 PR). This product exceeds the highest purity level of the Metallurgical Grade Silicon Metal (Mg Si) industry, a US$5.5 billion dollar per year industry1.

1 Source CRU, 2018 MG Si demand projected at 2,5 M tonnes, 2018 prices US$2,200 per tonne (Ferroglobe)

Our next key milestone is to produce quantities of solar grade silicon for testing of its electrical characteristics, sending material to industry participants and finalize Pilot plant design en route to commercialization. CEO Bernard Tourillon commented, “Our Gen 1 PUREVAPtm was a great success and we believe the reactor will eventually make its way to a science and engineering hall of fame. It has currently reached its maximum operational efficiencies and nothing more could be gained by additional tests.”

GEN 2 PUREVAPtm QRR REACTOR PRESENTS MAJOR DE-RISKING MILESTONES

The Gen 2 Purevap™ QRR will focus on Process Refinement, Characterization, Metallurgical Testing and purity improvements using the new semi-continuous feed 1/250 scale pilot-plant (May 4, 2017, PR).

Based on Gen 1 PUREVAPtm results, PyroGenesis completed the detailed engineering and design of the 200 tpa pilot plant, including substantial process modifications. Gen 2 PUREVAPtm therefore is an upgraded version of the Gen 1 Purevaptm that will be a true 1/250 scale replica of the planned larger pilot plant (Gen 3 PUREVAPtm). The Gen 2 PUREVAPtm is undergoing final manufacturing, assembly and testing and will be operational during the first weeks of October 2017.

The start of this new metallurgical testing program using The Gen 2 PUREVAPtm represents major de-risking of the Pilot Plant program for the following reasons:

  • Gen 2 will allow specific process design improvements and modifications derived from Gen 1 PUREVAPtm test work to be implemented and perfected;
  • The Gen 2 produces larger silicon Metal (Si) samples to test improvements to the purification process;
  • Gen 2 allows an intermediate step in scaling up to the Pilot Plant, mitigating that scaling up risk;
  • Gen 2 will allow the following Milestones to be reached sooner than originally planned;
    • Producing larger Si samples for testing by potential purchasers;
    • Allows HPQ and Pyrogenesis to test the electrical parameters of the High Purity Si;
    • Produce enough material to send samples to Solar industry participants;
    • Provide data to demonstrate the economics of PUREVAP™ QRR.

PYROGENESIS CEO REMARKS

We are pleased to join HPQ in announcing both reaching this new milestone and commencing the second stage testing program,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “I also wish to commend the team, both at PyroGenesis and HPQ, for having persevered through the many challenges to date and for all the discoveries they made along the way (the ability to transform low purity Quartz into 3N+ Silicon Metal in one step at lab scale not being the least of them). As we have said in the past, it will not be a straight line to success, but given the results to date we are more confident then ever before that we will have a commercial success. What level of success, is yet to be determined. As in all projects, delays will occur, but I firmly believe we are on the right track to have a significant impact in the high purity silicon and solar markets.

UPDATE ON SILICON METAL PURITY TESTING

Further to our June 23, 2017 press release, the company continued to work with PyroGenesis and a number of specialized laboratories on silicon analysis protocols. Specifically, efforts focus on analytical procedures, certification, and analysis turn around time. We are working with our partners to resolve the analytical bottlenecks.

Results will be reported in a comprehensive report on the proof of concept and phase one process characterization and metallurgical testing programs, being prepared by PyroGenesis.

This Press Release Is Available On The Company’s CEO Verified Discussion Forum, A Moderated Social Media Platform That Enables Civilized Discussion and Q&A Between Management and Shareholders.

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc is a TSX-V listed resource company planning to become a vertically integrated and diversified Metallurgical Grade and Solar Grade Silicon Metal producer.

Our business model is focused on developing a disruptive one step High Purity and Solar Grade Silicon Metal manufacturing process (patent pending). HPQ plans to generate high yield returns and significant free cash flow within a relatively short time line. The process will have a greatly decreased carbon footprint, energy footprint, and will eliminate the use of the toxic chemical reagents and by products now in use by the current solar silicon production technologies, which fundamentally date from designs made in the mid 1900’s.

Disclaimers:

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s on-going filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the 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.

Shares outstanding: 170,003,173

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc.
Bernard J. Tourillon
Chairman and CEO
(514) 907-1011

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc.
Patrick Levasseur
President and COO
(514) 262-9239
www.HPQSilicon.com

Great Atlantic Receives Diamond Drilling Permits Golden Promise Gold Property in Central Newfoundland

Posted by Er at 7:52 AM on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

 

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  • Permit allows for up to 8,000 meters of drilling and 48 drill holes
  • First phase of drilling scheduled in early October, focusing on the Jaclyn Main Zone
  • Zone has been traced for 450 meters and locally to a vertical depth of 175 meters

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / September 14, 2017 / GREAT ATLANTIC RESOURCES CORP. (TSX-V.GR) (the “Company” or “Great Atlantic”) is pleased to announce it has received a permit for diamond drilling from the Newfoundland and Labrador Dept. of Natural Resources for its Golden Promise Gold Property in central Newfoundland. The permit allows for up to 8,000 meters of drilling and 48 drill holes. This permit expires on July 26, 2018. Multiple gold bearing quartz veins occur within the permit area including the Jaclyn Main, Jaclyn North, Jaclyn South and Jaclyn West Zones. The Company is planning to commence the first phase of drilling in early October, focusing on the Jaclyn Main Zone and area east of and along strike of the Jaclyn North Zone, including areas of high grade gold bearing quartz boulders.

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    Phase I drilling will include the Jaclyn Main Zone, located in the northern region of the property. Most of the historic work was conducted at the Jaclyn Main Zone. A National Instrument 43-101 compliant inferred resource of 921,000 tonnes at an average grade of 3.02 g/t Au (89,500 ounces contained gold) was reported in 2008 for the Jaclyn Main Zone. Gold recovery from a reported 2,241 tonne bulk sample collected in 2010 at the Jaclyn Main Zone was reported to average 4.47 g/t Au. The average tails grade for the sample was reported to be 1.12 g/t Au. A “back-calculated head grade of 5.59 g/t Au” was reported for the bulk sample. The Jaclyn Main Zone has been reportedly traced for a strike length of approximately 800 meters (northeast to east striking) through trenching and diamond drilling to approximately 420 meters vertical depth.

    To view Jaclyn Main Zone – 2010 Bulk Sample Area, please click the following link:
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    The second area of focus during Phase I drilling is the Jaclyn North Zone, reported approximately 250 metres north of the Jaclyn Main Zone. Drill holes are planned to test the extension of Jaclyn North Zone along its projected strike to the east. Recent trenching in this area revealed thick overburden (predominantly greater than 3 or 4 metres in recent trenches). Gold bearing angular quartz bounders were discovered in till within these trenches including multiple high grade boulders in one trench approximately 260 meters east of the eastern-most historic Jaclyn North drill hole. Grab samples of boulders from this trench returned 31.96, 78.05, 163.99 and 332.67 g/t gold (9.7 oz./ton gold) (News Release of August 31, 2017). The area of this particular trench is a high priority target for the Company and will be tested during the Phase I drilling.

    The northeast striking Jaclyn North Zone has been reportedly traced by diamond drilling (13 holes) for approximately 450 meters and locally to a vertical depth of 175 meters. The zone is reported to contain 3 quartz veined sub-zones. Reported drill intersections include (core length):

    • GP03-32: 12.13 g/t Au / 0.35m & 12.30 g/t Au / 0.30m
    • GP07-76 (Upper Sub-zone): 11.28 g/t Au / 0.30m
    • GP06-51 (Middle Sub-zone): 5.24 g/t Au / 1.70
    • GP06-47 (Lower Sub-zone): 15.23 g/t Au / 0.30m
    • GP10-103: 6.19 g/t Au / 0.35m

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    The 2008 NI 43-101 Technical Report states the style of veining, mineralization, alteration, host rock and tectonism at Golden Promise most closely resembles other turbidite-hosted (or slate belt) gold deposits throughout the world.

    Access is excellent with a paved provincial highway transecting the property. The property is located near the town of Badger and approximately 50 kilometres northeast of the Valentine Lake Property of Marathon Gold Corp.

    Readers are warned that historical records referred to in this News Release have been examined but not verified by a qualified person. Further work is required to verify that historical assays referred to in this News Release are accurate.

    David Martin, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the technical information contained in this News Release.

    About Great Atlantic Resources Corp.: Great Atlantic Resources Corp. is a Canadian exploration company focused on the discovery and development of mineral assets in the resource-rich and sovereign risk-free realm of Atlantic Canada, one of the number one mining regions of the world. Great Atlantic is currently surging forward building the company utilizing a Project Generation model, with a special focus on the most critical elements on the planet that are prominent in Atlantic Canada, Antimony, Tungsten and Gold.

 

 

Invested in Canadian Solar $CSIQ ? $HPQ.ca continues to make great strides through purification for production of Solar Grade Silicon Metal

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:25 PM on Monday, September 11th, 2017
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Scaling Up Milestones; 62% Increase in Impurity Removal Using Low Purity Feedstock; 531% Conversion Yield Increase

  • New stage report entitled “Update on The PUREVAPtm Process Characterization Testing #2” pertaining to tests completed (26/01/17).
  • Objectives of test #37 to #74 was increasing Si yield at lab scale by continuously improving process parameter and implementing alternative purification routes while still using low purity feed stock
  • Salient points of the report are significant in that they validate systematic and methodical approach to bench scale test purification work and scaling up our process of converting quartz into high purity silicon metal

$NSM.ca Northern Sphere Mining Corp. Announces Approval for Listing on the OTCQB

Posted by Er at 10:23 AM on Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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  • United States  symbol “NSMCF” effective September 7, 2017.
  • Increases its potential audience of international investors
  • NSM currently is currently drilling 2 properties in Canada & US

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – September 7, 2017) – Northern Sphere Mining Corp. (CSE: NSM) (OTCQB: NSMCF) (“Northern Sphere” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company’s common shares have been approved for trading on the OTCQB Venture Market (the “OTCQB”) in the United States under the symbol “NSMCF” effective September 7, 2017.

Listing on the OTCQB is part of Northern Sphere’s overall strategy to increase its potential audience of international investors. It will provide the Company with a significant trading platform for its current shareholders and future investors from the U.S. and internationally.

The OTCQB is the ideal marketplace for emerging U.S. and international companies. To be eligible for the OTCQB, companies must be current in their reporting obligations with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, meet a minimum price bid test and undergo an annual verification and management certification process. These quality standards and appropriate regulations coupled with a solid technical platform provide investors with a high level of confidence and enhance their trading experience.

Northern Sphere will continue to trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange under its current symbol “NSM”.

About Northern Sphere Mining Corp.

Northern Sphere is dedicated to growth through the acquisition and development of mining assets, with an emphasis on near term production opportunities. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Northern Sphere has a strong project pipeline of properties with a focus on gold, silver and other metal production in pro-mining jurisdictions.

Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which reflect Northern Sphere’s current expectations regarding future events. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those projected herein. Northern Sphere disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements other than as required by applicable securities laws.

For further information, please contact:

A. John Carter
Chief Executive Officer
Northern Sphere Mining Corp.
Tel: 905-302-3843

HPQ Announces AGM Results, Up Date On Purity Testing And Launches “CEO Verified” Discussion Forum On AGORACOM $HPQ.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:48 PM on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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  • As a result of review, HPQ and PyroGenesis have now approved a new testing protocol to be used going forward for the Silicon Metal produce by the PUREVAP™ QRR
  • New testing protocol will first assess the homogeneity of the silicon phase by Scanning Electron Microscope – Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) in back scattering mode before any destructives test are completed

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc (“HPQ”) (TSX Venture: HPQ) is pleased to report that all matters submitted to the shareholders for approval as set out in the Company’s Notice of Meeting and Information Circular, were approved during the Annual General and Special Meeting of the shareholders held on Wednesday June 21, 2017 in Montreal (the “AGM”).

Over 72,619,168 shares representing 42.97% of the 168,987,616 shares issued and outstanding as at the record date were voted.

RESULTS OF THE AGM VOTES

The following persons were re-elected as directors of the Corporation, to hold office until the next Annual Meeting or until their successors are elected or appointed:

With 99.85% of the vote in favor, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, LLP, chartered accountants, were appointed auditors of the Corporation for the ensuing year.

Bernard Tourillon, Chairman and CEO of HPQ stated, “We extremely pleased with obtaining 42.97% shareholder participation, up from 42.31% last year. Such a strong vote of confidence for the board and management team, during this transition year bodes very well for the future.

UPDATE ON ONGOING SILICON METAL PURITY TESTING

On June 2, 2017, PyroGenesis Canada Inc (“PyroGenesis”) submitted to HPQ a Technical Memo entitled “Analysis options for characterization of silicon products for PUREVAPtm”, as mention in our May 16, 2017 PR.

As a result of this review, HPQ and PyroGenesis have now approved a new testing protocol to be used going forward for the Silicon Metal produce by the PUREVAP™ QRR.  The new testing protocol will first assess the homogeneity of the silicon phase by Scanning Electron Microscope – Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) in back scattering mode before any destructives test are completed.  While the addition of this step increases the time before we get any results above 3N+ purity, this step was deemed critical in assessing sample purity level.

Once these results have been analyzed, the material will be sent to a third-party laboratory for either Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry (GDMS) testing or Inductively-Coupled-Plasma Mass-Spectrometry (ICP – MS) testing and in some case even both.

Testing for the purity of some of the material produced using lower quality feedstock (test #54 to #74) and some material produced using high Purity Quartz (99.5% SiO2) (Test #75 and above), but still using the old set-up of the PUREVAP™ QRR,have begun this week.

Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and CEO of HPQ Silicon stated, “Building on our success to date, the coming months should allow us to continue to make improvements to our scaling up program, while simultaneously testing for the best and greenest pathway to produce Solar Grade Silicon Metal at lab scale, prior to start-up of the Pilot plant scheduled for 2018.”

LAUNCH OF HPQ SILICON “CEO VERIFIED” DISCUSSION FORUM

AGORACOM has launched “CEO Verified” Discussion Forums, the first ever verification of small cap executive posts on a finance platform, as a superior alternative to general social media sites.  For the first time ever, small cap CEO’s and other company officials can use AGORACOM discussion forums as their main social media platform to post comments and interact with both shareholders and the broader investment community in a fully moderated and verified forum. Posts to AGORACOM are shareable on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn so that companies can continue to maintain a presence on key social media sites.

“CEO Verified” Discussion Forums represents an industry first, as small cap CEO’s and officials simply could not communicate with shareholders in any finance community due to lack of verification and the risk of impersonation leading to catastrophic consequences.  AGORACOM “CEO Verified” Discussion Forums will create incredible levels of engagement between companies and investors that have long desired civilized, constructive and factual conversation, with no limitations to character limits and use of multi-media.

The HPQ Silicon CEO Verified Discussion Forum can be found at https://agoracom.com/ir/HPQ-SiliconResources/forums/discussion.  There are no log-in requirements for investors to read posts.  Those wishing to post questions, comments and interact with HPQ Silicon management can quickly log-in using their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, or create a new user account in under 1-minute.

Verified HPQ Silicon officials will be:

  • Bernard Tourillon – Chairman and CEO
  • Patrick Levasseur – President and COO

Bernard Tourillon stated, “I encourage all of our investors to join our CEO Verified Discussion Forum and create great, vibrant, factual and constructive discussion for the long term benefit of everyone. This is a great concept that will replace our individual conversations with retail investors. This new format creates 100% transparency because all shareholders will see the questions and answers, as well as, making us more efficient by eliminating repetition. As such, it is a far superior format that we will fully embrace.”

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc is a TSX-V listed junior exploration company planning to become a vertically integrated and diversified High Value Silicon Metal (99.9+% Si), and Solar Grade Silicon Metal (99.999+% Si) producer.

Our business model is focused on developing a disruptive High Purity and Solar Grade Silicon Metal manufacturing process (patent pending) and becoming a vertically – integrated High Value Silicon Metal and Solar Grade Silicon producer that can generate high yield returns and significant free cash flow within a relatively short time line.

Disclaimers:

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s on-going filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

 

Neither the 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.

 

For further information contact

 

Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and CEOTel (514) 907-1011 Patrick Levasseur, President and COOTel: (514) 262-9239 www.HPQSilicon.com

INTERVIEW: Missed the AGM? You’re In luck – HPQ Goes Beyond The AGM – June 23, 2017 $HPQ.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:46 AM on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

INTERVIEW: HPQ Discusses New Scaling Up Milestones; 62% Increase in Impurity Removal Using Low Purity Feedstock; 531% Conversion Yield Increase $HPQ.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:53 AM on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

New Scaling Up Milestones; 62% Increase in Impurity Removal Using Low Purity Feedstock; 531% Conversion Yield Increase $HPQ.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:07 AM on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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  • New Scaling Up Milestones
  • 62% Increase in Impurity Removal Using Low Purity Feedstock
  • 531% Conversion Yield Increase

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc (“HPQ”) (TSX VENTURE:HPQ)(FRANKFURT:UGE)(OTC PINK:URAGF) is pleased to inform its shareholders that PyroGenesis Canada Inc (“PyroGenesis”) has submitted a new stage report entitled “Update on The PUREVAPtm Process Characterization Testing #2” pertaining to tests completed since our last technical PR (26/01/17). The objectives of test #37 to #74 was increasing Si yield at lab scale by continuously improving process parameter and implementing alternative purification routes while still using low purity feed stock. The salient points of the report are significant in that they validate our systematic and methodical approach to our bench scale test purification work and scaling up our process of converting quartz into high purity silicon metal.

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT SHOWING SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL TOWARD REACHING HIGHER PURITY

The report confirms that ongoing modifications to the PUREVAP™ QRR process have resulted in a 62% improvement in the impurity removal capacity of the system. This outcome is based on third party laboratory results1, comparing the total average impurities count of 856.6 ppm (99.91%) for the Si produced by test #24 completed prior the modification with the total impurity count result of 328.98 ppm (99.97%) for the Si produced by test #51 completed after, using the same low purity quartz feedstock with total impurity count of 18,900 ppm (98.14 SiO2).

Bernard Tourillon, Chairman and CEO of HPQ-Silicon stated, “These results demonstrate that the PUREVAPtm QRR quartz purification process can continue to be successfully improved while using low purity feedstock at the bench scale. This represents yet more important technical milestones being reached in our path toward production of Solar Grade Silicon Metal. At this stage of our development, we continue to pass critical milestones consistently and must continue our ‘iterative’ approach of incrementally increasing size, and purity step by step”.

Table 1: Removal efficiency of main impurities from Si Sample

Removal efficiency
Element Test#24 Test#51
Al 72.0% 93.9%
Ca 95.5% 98.8%
Fe 98.1% 99.3%
Mg 97.0% 99.9%
Mn 98.5% 99.5%
Na 99.6% 100.0%
K 96.4% 100.0%
Ti -15.0% 79.8%
P 44.7% 53.1%
S 99.9% 100.0%
W 55.6% 100.0%
B 34.0% 44.3%
Average 73.0% 89.1%
1 Analyses completed by Evans Analytical Group, (“EAG” of Liverpool, NY, USA) – using Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry (“GDMS”)

Results for key impurities from test 51 indicate that the process modification implement are now allowing removal efficiencies of 100% for Na, K, S and W, > 99% for Fe, Mg and Mn, 98.8% for Ca, 93.9% for Al, 79.8 % for Ti (one of the most difficult impurity to remove), 53.1% for P and 44.3% for B.

Final results regarding process improvement using lower quality feedstock in test #54 to #74 will be reported once analysed by third party laboratory. PyroGenesis will submit a technical proposal to HPQ shortly, highlighting the best way to proceed with the final batch, based upon process and test results to date.

TESTING USING FEEDSTOCK WITH 99.5% SiO(500 PPM OF IMPURITIES) BECOMES KEY FOCUS

Once the results from samples #54 to #74 are completed, the effort will focus on applying purification techniques to higher purity quartz feedstock. Presently the industry produces standard grade Si (MG-Si 98-99% Si) using as feedstock a quartz with no more then 500 ppm of impurities (99.5% SiO2) and a maximum iron oxide (Fe) content of 0.1-0.15 wt%.

With the exception of the proof of concept phase, all of the tests to date that produced 99.9+% Si were completed using quartz feed stock with a total impurity count of 18,900 ppm (98.14 SiO2) and iron oxide (Fe) content of 0.9 wt%, or 9 times greater than the industry standard for Fe.

Having successfully secured access to high purity Quartz (99.5% SiO2) from both HPQ – owned quartz deposits and from outside suppliers, the next phase will apply the high efficiency impurities removal techniques to the higher purity feedstock. The objective of using the higher purity feedstock is to test the ability to reach the 5N threshold at the bench scale, and provide more data necessary for the final design of the pilot plant. These tests will commence as soon as the latest process improvements announced in our May 4, 2017 PR, are completed on the lab scale PUREVAP™ QRR.

“We are pleased with the progress to date,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “We have now reached a stage where we can start testing using high purity feedstock which will allow us to validate the impurity removal capacity of the lab scale reactor and ultimately, to further improve the product purity.”

TESTING CONTINUES TO CONFIRMS BENCH TEST SCALABILITY OF PUREVAP™ QRR PROCESS

The report confirms that process modifications done to the PUREVAP™ QRR are responsible for a 531% increase in yield of the Si produced. This is based on the fact that the process modifications has made it possible to produce the same quantity of material as produced by test #32 (PR January 26, 2017) using smaller batch size (55 wt% less) without sacrificing the purity of the final product.

Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and CEO of HPQ Silicon stated, “Building on our scaling up success to date, the coming months should allow us to continue to make improvements to our scaling up program, while simultaneously testing for the best and greenest pathway to produce 5N (99.999% Si) Solar Grade Silicon Metal at lab scale, prior to start-up of the Pilot plant scheduled for 2018.”

Pierre Carabin, Eng., M. Eng., has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release.

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc is a TSX-V listed junior exploration company planning to become a vertically integrated and diversified High Value Silicon Metal (99.9+% Si), and Solar Grade Silicon Metal (99.999+% Si) producer.

Our business model is focused on developing a disruptive High Purity and Solar Grade Silicon Metal manufacturing process (patent pending) and becoming a vertically – integrated High Value Silicon Metal and Solar Grade Silicon producer that can generate high yield returns and significant free cash flow within a relatively short time line.

Disclaimers:

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Bernard J. Tourillon
Chairman and CEO
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PyroGenesis Announces Contract for Second Phase Lab Scale Testing Program Totalling CAN$170,000 with HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:19 AM on Thursday, May 4th, 2017

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  • Signed a contract for CAN$170,000 with HPQ Silicon Resources Inc
  • PyroGenesis will provide a second phase of Process Characterization Testing using a newly upgraded version of the lab scale PUREVAP™ Quartz Reduction Reactor
  • Purpose of Testing to build upon the bench scale success made to date and to push the design of the lab scale Reactor to a point that will allow it to operate in a semi-batch mode to produce silicon (Si) samples

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(May 4, 2017) – PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that it has signed a contract for CAN$170,000 with HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (“HPQ”), wherein PyroGenesis will provide a second phase of Process Characterization Testing (the “Testing”), using a newly upgraded version of the lab scale PUREVAP™ Quartz Reduction Reactor (the “Reactor”).

The purpose of the Testing is to build upon the bench scale success made to date and to push the design of the lab scale Reactor to a point that will allow it to operate in a semi-batch mode to produce silicon (Si) samples. The Testing will use higher purity feedstock (99.5% SiO2.) with a goal of producing at least 5N (99.999% Si) Solar Grade Silicon Metal at lab scale.

This Testing program will take place over the next several months, and will be in conjunction with the delivery of the pilot plant Reactor scheduled for October 2017. The objectives of these metallurgical tests will be, amongst others, to: (i) generate and collect data that can be used for the scale-up of the lab scale Reactor and ultimately, for the commercial scale-up of the PUREVAP™ process; and (ii) to continue testing different purification alternatives.

PyroGenesis will provide HPQ with samples for third party independent purity validation as well as a milestones report and final report summarizing the results and analysis.

“We are eager to start this additional testing phase,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis. “This new testing will allow us to validate the design of pilot plant Reactor and to further improve the product purity.”

“The further we proceed in this project, the more confident we are that we have found a plasma-based application that can be applied to quartz in a commercial setting,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “We are very pleased with the results to date. That is not to say we have succeeded, will succeed, or that there won’t be challenges ahead. To the contrary, we fully expect there will be challenges as in any project; however we are certain that we will meet those challenges as we have with other projects, and find the best possible solution, if any. Once again, we are extremely pleased with the success of the project to date and the results that we have achieved.”

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. PyroGenesis provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing (3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Its core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Its operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com