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CLIENT FEATURE: ZEN Graphene Solutions $ Creating a Sustainable Graphene Market Through Research and Development $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM at 2:43 PM on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Multiple Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements:

Definitive Graphene Manufacturing Process License Agreement

  • This agreement licenses to ZEN the intellectual property created by scientists and laboratories in collaboration with ZEN, and provides that a royalty is payable by ZEN based on the annual amount of material processed under the intellectual property.
  • Signed an 18-month exclusive initial option agreement with the University of Guelph for intellectual property regarding an electrochemical exfoliation (ECE) process to produce Graphene Oxide.
  • Collaborative Research Agreement (CRA) Template – Forms the basis of each agreement with various UBC researchers and Universities.
  • Each contributing significantly to unlocking the value of the Albany Graphite deposit and creating a strong intellectual property foundation.

Graphene Aerogel Battery Development Program:

Coordinating with the German Aerospace Center

  • A proprietary aerogel formulation containing doping with either ZEN’s reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) or Graphene produced via ZEN’s licensed process was tested. The unoptimized results are believed to be better than those currently reported in the literature for Graphene Aerogel batteries.
  • Graphene-containing aerogels could have the potential to be a low-cost, low-weight, high-performance composite materials for near future energy storage applications.
  • Results extremely positive, and DLR applied for and received federal funding to create a new Innovation Lab (the Center for Aerogels) to work with industrial partners on the development of Aerogels and other graphene-based products.

Albany Graphite:

  • Significantly outperforms both flake/sedimentary graphite and synthetic graphite, demonstrating the uniqueness of ZEN’s graphite and its superior performance to exfoliate into graphene products.
  • ZEN currently has an inventory of approximately 110 tonnes of graphite-mineralized material with an average grade of 6% graphitic carbon (Cg), 110 kilograms of 86% Cg material, 18 kilograms of 99.8% Cg, and 300 grams of GO.
  • The Company will continue to process material and manufacture graphene-related products on an as-needed basis for research and development (R&D) and marketing
  • ZEN’s is developing a proposed webstore which has an anticipated launch date in the first quarter of 2020, for which it is developing an inventory in advance of sales.
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About ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd.

ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is an emerging advanced materials and graphene development company with a focus on new solutions using pure graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Our competitive advantage relies on the unique qualities of our multi-decade supply of precursor materials in the Albany Graphite Deposit. Independent labs in Japan, UK, Israel, USA and Canada have demonstrated that ZEN’s Albany Graphite/Naturally PureTM easily converts (exfoliates) to graphene, using a variety of simple mechanical and chemical methods.

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CLIENT FEATURE: $GRAT Gratomic Submits Mining License: Able to Start Aukam Graphite Mine at Full Capacity $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM at 10:40 AM on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Vertically integrated graphite to graphene advanced materials development company
  • Gratomic submitted its application for Mining License 215 (M L215).
  • The License area falls within the proximity of the Aukam Processing Plant and the Graphite bearing shear zone for a total of 5002 hectares
  • The mining license was the last step required for the company to go into full production.
  • The license submission is timed strategically with the construction of Gratomic’s onsite processing plant located at the Aukam Graphite Mine in Namibia and in conjunction with the recently announced long-term Graphene supply agreement with Vittoria Tires and Gratomic’s partner Perpetuus Advanced Materials.

About Gratomic Inc.

Gratomic is an advanced material company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products, most notably high-value graphene-based components for a range of mass market products.

Keep Your Eye on Raw Materials: A Bull Market Could Be Coming $LBSR $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 1:49 PM on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

As one bull market appears to be nearing its end, another may soon be on the horizon. Following years of underinvestment and tepid growth, raw materials in the form of copper, aluminum and nickel could be poised for a dramatic rebound.

The Next Bull Market?

Stocks, cryptocurrencies and even energy have taken the shine away from primary metals in recent years, but that could be about to change as investors look for new market-beating revenue streams. According to The Wall Street Journal, prices of copper, aluminum and nickel could rise more than 40% in the coming years as markets grapple with a severe supply crunch following a prolonged period of underinvestment.

This year, spending among global mining companies is expected to fall to less than a third of 2013 levels, when investment in new mines topped $121 billion. The year before, spending reached $144.05 billion, according to data from Wood Mackenzie. In 2018, total spend on new mining projects is expected to reach $35.4 billion. For many analysts, this means a major supply crunch is on the horizon.

Demand Drivers

On the demand side, the growth and widespread adoption of electric vehicles will only exacerbate the supply gap as manufacturers raise order books for copper and aluminum. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the number of electric vehicles on the road is forecast to reach 125 million by 2030 compared with just 3.1 million in 2017. The surge in electric vehicles also means higher demand for lithium and cobalt, two key components in electric-car batteries.

A growing global economy also playing into the hands of raw materials. Although the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is forecasting slower growth over the next two years, the downbeat view is largely tied to U.S.-China trade relations. Emerging-market growth remains an important driver for commodities.

Assets to Consider

Market participants wishing to gain exposure to raw materials have several options to choose from. In addition to trading futures contracts, resource-rich exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are an easy way to play the market, especially for the long haul. Some of the most notable are SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME), Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF (LIT), iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF (PICK) and Global X Copper Miners ETF (COPX). The SPDR S&P Global Natural Resources ETF (GNR) is also an option for those looking for a higher concentration of energy companies.

In terms of individual stocks, large miners such as Glencore Plc (GLEN), Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) and Vale SA (VALE 3) also provide a good option for diversifying into the sector. In addition to being global mining heavyweights, these companies share something else in common: they have significantly reduced capital expenditure in recent years (once again, this plays into the narrative that supply constraints will drive up the value of raw materials).

Investors betting big on the electric-car revolution have no doubt placed Tesla Inc. (TSLA) on their radar. For all its recent troubles, Elon Musk’s company recently reported a massive earnings beat, including a return to profitability for the first time since Q3 2016.

In addition to Tesla, automotive suppliers are also poised for a major breakout should the electric-car revolution play out as expected. Some companies to put on the short list are Aptiv PLC (APTV), Delphi Technologies PLC (DLPH), Magna International Inc. (MGA) and TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL).