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Stria Lithium Announces Funding Commitment from the Government of Canada

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:17 AM on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014


Innovation Funding Commitment to assist in the Company’s Development of Novel, Environmentally Sustainable Lithium Processing Technologies


OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Nov. 12, 2014) – Stria Lithium Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRA) (“Stria” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received a funding commitment of up to $137,700 from the Government of Canada through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) in support of the Company’s continuing development of novel lithium processing technologies aimed at producing low-cost, very high purity lithium products.

Stria Lithium is advancing development of proprietary spodumene mineralization to lithium concentrate processing technologies capable of producing a low cost high-grade Li-metal, Li-carbonate and Li-hydroxide products.

On October 17, 2014, the Company announced it had completed a dense media separation study (“DMS”) with SGS Canada Ltd., demonstrating the mineralogical quality and viability for purification of spodumene mineralization from its 100% owned Pontax Lithium Project, Northern Quebec.

The mineralization will be used to feed Stria’s pilot plant located in Kingston, Ontario, scheduled for startup in early 2015.

Stria President and Chief Operating Officer Julien Davy said: “The federal government’s commitment of financial support bodes well for us in meeting our planned future production milestones, beginning with our pilot plant in Kingston. We are extremely grateful for NRC-IRAP’s business and technical advisory services, along with financial support, at this time in our process development.”

“Battery manufacturers are looking to the resource sector to find innovative solutions to lower production costs.

“Our decision to build our business on the development of new, proprietary processing technologies has attracted industry attention,” Mr. Davy added. “We believe our technologies hold the prospect of resolving not only cost and purity issues, but also, an industry imperative to do so on an environmentally sustainable basis.”

Stria’s aim is to license its potential technologies to electric vehicle and large-scale industrial energy storage battery manufacturers.

“Being able to ‘walk the talk,’ environmentally speaking,” Mr. Davy said, “is critical to our future success in the lithium industry.”

About Stria Lithium Inc.

Stria Lithium (TSX VENTURE:SRA) is a Mining Technology company that owns the Pontax spodumene lithium property in Northern Quebec and the Willcox brine lithium property in southeastern Arizona. As announced in January 2014, Stria is developing proprietary, in-house processing technologies for both projects with the purpose of reducing processing costs on an environmentally sustainable basis.

Stria’s technologies, based on recovering lithium metal directly from mineralization and from brine liquids, will be more efficient, will require fewer controls, less chemistry and require less energy from compact facilities designed to enable easy automation.

Forward Looking Statement – Disclaimer

This news release may contain forward-looking statements, being statements which are not historical facts, and discussions of future plans and objectives. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove accurate. Such statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those anticipated or projected. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations are in our documents filed from time to time with the TSX Venture Exchange and provincial securities regulators, most of which are available at

Stria Lithium Inc.
Mr. Julien Davy
President and COO
[email protected]

Tesla’s Reno ‘Giga-Factory’ choice steps company toward mass produced EV

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:38 AM on Friday, September 5th, 2014

Proposed 10k-sq-ft facility projected to be running by 2017 for Model 3 launch.

September 4, 2014


RENO, Nev. — To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will transform an expanse of desert where pioneers passed on their way to the California Gold Rush and wild mustangs still roam the hillside.

This time, the rush will be in Nevada, which Tesla chose over four other states as the site for a $5 billion factory that the carmaker projects will crank out enough high-tech car batteries to power 500,000 vehicles annually by decade’s end.

Nevada’s elected leaders still must deliver on the economic incentives they’ve promised, but if they do as expected, Tesla will open its massive factory at an industrial park outside Reno, according to a person familiar with Tesla’s plans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made. An announcement was scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Nevada’s Capitol.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, acknowledged Thursday at his Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas that Tesla was coming to Nevada, and said he had spoken with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval about it.

A state synonymous with gambling hit the jobs jackpot — Tesla has said the factory will employ about 6,500 people. That’s a welcome jolt for a tourism-based economy particularly hard hit during the Great Recession.

Tesla’s choice of Nevada over California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico takes it a big step closer to mass producing an electric car that costs around $35,000 and can go 200 miles on a single charge. That range is critical because it lets people take most daily trips without recharging, a major barrier to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

The “gigafactory,” as Tesla calls the project, would bring the cost of batteries down by producing them on a huge scale. Its approximately 10 million square feet, equivalent to about 174 football fields, would be running by 2017. That is when Tesla hopes to introduce its Model 3,

At present, demand for electric vehicles is small.

Through August, automakers have sold just over 40,000 fully electric cars this year, up 35 per cent from a year ago, according to the auto website Factoring in plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles still account for just 3.6 per cent of all new car sales, a slight drop from last year. Still, government fuel economy standards that will require new cars and trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon are expected to drive sales.

Gov. Sandoval’s office wouldn’t comment Wednesday on the gigafactory news, saying only that he would make a “major economic development announcement” Thursday. A spokesman for Tesla Motors Inc., based in Palo Alto, California, said company representatives would be at the Capitol in Carson City for the announcement but offered no other details.

Sandoval has declined to discuss incentives he has offered Tesla. Based on CEO Elon Musk’s public statements, the incentives likely total at least $500 million. The governor would have to call a special session of the Legislature to approve tax breaks, grants or other incentives of that magnitude.

This spring, Musk announced that the company would take the unusual step of spending millions to prepare sites in two states _ or perhaps even three _ before choosing a winner. The person familiar with Tesla’s plans told The Associated Press a second site still will be prepared, in case Nevada is unable to deliver the incentives it has promised, or possibly to build a second factory.

Tesla has done excavation and other site-preparation work at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, where it plans to build the factory, but had not publicly committed to building in Nevada until it tested what economic incentives other states offered. The centre is about 15 miles east of Sparks, a Reno suburb founded as a railroad town more than a century ago.

Aside from low tax rates and business-friendly workplace laws, Nevada offered plenty of sun and wind to generate “green” power. The industrial park is only about 200 miles along Interstate 80 from Tesla’s lone auto assembly plant in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s also near a deposit of lithium, an essential element to produce the battery cells.

Reid said that ready supply was an important part of Nevada’s bid, and pointed to a $28.4 million Department of Energy grant in 2010 for a lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide plant in Silver Creek, Nevada.

Competition for the factory has been intense among the states, which bid up their incentive packages in private negotiations with Tesla.

In California, where Tesla has its headquarters and manufacturing plant, the decision to build in the state next door stung.

“Tesla was using their business savviness to get states to compete against one another,” said state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, a principal proponent of the project. “It’s just that I felt California had the inside track given our history of working in partnership with Tesla.”


Associated Press writers Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, Juliet Williams in Sacramento, California, and AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this report.