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Tesla Opens Gigafactory to Expand Battery Production, Sales $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:09 AM on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
  • Tesla officially opened its Gigafactory on Tuesday
  • Could nearly double the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries.
  • Factory is about 14 percent complete
  • When finished, it will be about 10 million square feet, or about the size of 262 NFL football fields

Sparks, Nev. (AP) — It’s Tesla Motors’ biggest bet yet: a massive, $5 billion factory in the Nevada desert that could nearly double the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries.

Tesla officially opened its Gigafactory on Tuesday, a little more than two years after construction began. The factory is about 14 percent complete, but when it’s finished, it will be about 10 million square feet, or about the size of 262 NFL football fields. That will make it one of the largest buildings in the world.

The factory is key to the future of Palo Alto, California-based Tesla. The 13-year-old electric car company, which has never made a full-year profit, wants to transition from a niche maker of luxury vehicles to a full-line maker of affordable cars, pickups and even semi-trucks. It also runs Tesla Powerwall, a solar energy storage business for homes and businesses.

The company says making its own lithium-ion batteries at the scale the Gigafactory will allow will reduce its battery costs by more than a third by 2018. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the factory could easily employ 10,000 people in the next three to four years.

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An inside view of the Tesla Gigafactory. g
Photographer: Troy Harvey/Bloomber

Most immediately, Tesla needs the batteries for its fourth car, the Model 3 sedan, which is scheduled to go on sale at the end of next year. At a starting price of around $35,000, the Model 3 will be Tesla’s least expensive vehicle, partly because of battery cost reductions. The batteries for Tesla’s current vehicles, the Model S sedan and Model X SUV, are made in Japan.

Tesla unveiled the Model 3 at the end of March. Within a week, more than 325,000 people had put down a $1,000 deposit to reserve the car. After seeing that level of demand, Tesla moved its production plans forward. The company now says it will make 500,000 vehicles per year by 2018, two years earlier than scheduled.

To meet that goal, Gigafactory construction is proceeding at a furious pace. Inside the factory, Tesla’s partner, Panasonic Corp. — which has invested $1.6 billion into the factory — is installing machines in sealed, humidity-controlled rooms that will start making battery cells before the end of this year.

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Panasonic is also shipping cells from Japan to the Powerwall business, which is operating in another section of the factory. Robots are used to place battery packs into home and office units, which store energy from solar panels and allow users to tap it during peak periods. Musk said the Powerwall business will initially make up about one-third of the Gigafactory’s output, but eventually could expand to around half.

Outside, nearly 1,000 workers are laying the groundwork for the factory’s expansion, digging trenches and erecting steel supports in the hot, dusty valley. By the second quarter of 2017, 31 percent of the factory will be completed. Eventually, the roof will be covered in solar panels.

Musk noted that some of the area’s 10,000 wild horses often drink from the ponds at the construction site. Nevada won the factory thanks in part to $1.3 billion in tax incentives, which will benefit Tesla over a 20-year period.

“I find this to be quite romantic,” he said. “It feels like the wild West.”

The factory’s name stems from “giga,” a unit of measurement that represents billions. One gigawatt hour is the equivalent of generating one billion watts for one hour — one million times that of one kilowatt hour.

Tesla says the factory will be producing 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2018. That’s the equivalent to the entire world’s production in 2014. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the factory has the capacity to produce 150 gigawatt hours if it needs to. To put that in context, New York City uses around 52 gigawatt hours of energy per year.

Analysts say bringing battery production in-house, instead of buying batteries like General Motors Co. and other major automakers do, can help bring down costs, but also leaves Tesla exposed. If the Model 3 is delayed, for example, or customers’ deposits don’t turn into actual sales, Tesla will have extra batteries on its hands and no way to recoup its costs.

“They could be left with a lot of excess capacity in the near term,” said Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst with Navigant Research. Abuelsamid says there’s also the possibility that advances in battery technology in the longer term could force Tesla to make expensive new investments.

There are also competitors who could derail Tesla’s dreams. Chinese automaker BYD Co., which is backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Corp., also makes batteries and energy storage systems and is already building battery-powered buses in the U.S. The company hopes to bring low-cost electric cars to the U.S. in a few years.

Musk says there are still plenty of ways for Tesla to reduce costs, including making its factories more efficient and eventually building more battery factories in Europe, China and other regions where its cars are sold.

The company also is using a different type of battery cell in the Model 3 than it did in the Model S and Model X in an effort to reduce costs.


Pacific North West Capital Acquires 4th 100% Owned Lithium Project Lithman North Project, Southeast Manitoba $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:17 AM on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

  • -The company acquires 4th 100% owned Lithium project-Lithman North Project is 15 kilometers to the northwest of the Tanco Mine site in southeast Manitoba-The Tanco Mine was Canada’s largest producer of Spodumene, Tantalum and Cesium, producing from the Tanco Pegmatite

    -Spodumene is mined from Pegmatites and is one of the primary Lithium ore minerals in hard rock Lithium mines

    -Lithman North project is situated approximately 17 kilometers to the northwest of the Lithium West Project and 12 kilometers north of the Lithium One Project.

    -To date this brings the total amounts of company’s claims in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field to 21, for a total of 3,691 hectares (9,120 acres)

June 15th, 2016 Vancouver, Canada / Pacific North West Capital Corp. (“PFN”, the “Company”) (TSX.V: PFN; Frankfurt: P7J.F; OTCQX: PAWEF announces that it has acquired another Lithium project in southeast Manitoba through staking. The project will be held by Lithium Canada, which is a 100% subsidiary of PFN.

The Lithman North Project is situated to the northwest of the present day Tanco Mine, which currently is producing Cesium Formate, a completion fluid for the petroleum industry. The Tanco Mine, was previously known as North America’s largest producer of Spodumene, Tantalum and Cesium. Spodumene is one of the primary Lithium ores minerals in hard rock Lithium mines. The 100% owned project consists of 3 claims for a total area of 372 hectares (919 acres).

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The project area is situated in the Bird River Greenstone Belt and was staked to cover several large Pegmatites as found on government maps. The Pegmatites have had little exploration and there are no historical records. A field review of the Pegmatites showed them to be Albite Pegmatites with a complex mineralogy. Field work is being planned to explore them for the summer of 2016. They are located approximately 15 kilometers to the northwest of the Tanco Minesite and on the northern margin of the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field.

The Tanco Pegmatite was discovered on the west side of Bernic Lake from surface drilling in the 1920’s. The mine went into production in 1969 and has produced over the years, in varying capacity, and is still producing today. It is a buried Pegmatite and not exposed at surface, except for under Bernic Lake. It is an extremely fractionated, rare-metal, complex type-Petalite subgroup, LCT (Lithium-Cesium-Tantalum) Pegmatite and is hosted by a late stage, subvolcanic Gabbro. The total tonnage of the Tanco Gabbro Pegmatite has been calculated to be approximately 25 million tons. It is a part of the Bernic Lake Pegmatite Group of the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field.

The company considers the Lithman North Project to have the potential to host additional Lithium-bearing Pegmatites similar to others found in the region. The area has strong infrastructure and is an active mining area. The staking of this additional ground has increased the claims in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field to 21 for a total of 3,691 hectares (9,120 acres). Lithman North Project is situated approximately 17 kilometers to the northwest of the Lithium West Project and 12 kilometers north of the Lithium One Project. The project has excellent infrastructure and is located approximately 150 km (93 miles) northeast of the provincial capital, Winnipeg. Claims are to the east of Bird Lake and a gravel based highway (HWY 315) runs through the project area.

With respect to the Lithman North Project, a finder’s fee in the amount of 60,000 shares of the Company is payable to Carey Galeschuk. The finder’s fee is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.

All shares issued in connection with the finder’s fee are subject to a four month and one day hold period from the date of issuance.

Further announcements with regards to joint venture partners and exploration plans will be forthcoming.

About The Company’s Lithium Division

The company’s new Lithium Division will focus on the acquisition, exploration and development of Lithium Projects in Canada. In the United States the company will use its wholly owned U.S.A subsidiary to acquire and develop projects in active mining camps in Nevada, Arizona and California.

Management believes that these new age metals, Lithium, PGM’s and Rare Earths, have robust macro trends with surging demands and limited supply. Going forward, this new division will explore for the minerals needed to fuel the demand for energy storage and other core 21st Century Technologies.

The company has a growing portfolio of Lithium projects. The Clayton Valley Forks Li Project in Nevada is a recent Lithium brine project acquired by the company (PFN News Releases April 25th, 2016 and May 9th, 2016). The company also has hard rock Lithium projects in Canada (PFN News Releases April 21st, 2016 and May 24th, 2016).

Lithium and Platinum Group Metal prices have improved dramatically in recent months. Lithium supplies remain in deficit relative to their demand. Both metals groups are used for the expanding worldwide automobile industry (conventional and electric). In the case of PGM’s, demand is increasing for autocatalysts, a key component for reducing toxic emissions for automotive, gasoline and diesel engines. In regards to Lithium, there is an ever increasing demand for batteries in cellphones, laptops, electric cars, solar storage, wireless charging and renewable energy products.

About the company’s Platinum Group Metals Division

Achievements to date and future plans for River Valley are outlined below as follows:

  1. 1.PFN currently has 100% ownership in the River Valley Project, subject to a 3% NSR, with options to buy down
  2. 2.Completed exploration and development programs on the River Valley property include more than 600 holes drilled since year 2000 and several mineral resource estimates and metallurgical studies;
  3. 3.Results for the current (2012) mineral resource estimate are below;
  4. 4.2015 drill program confirms new high grade T2 discovery

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  1. 5.Exploration and development plans outlined for 2016
  2. 6.Ongoing strategic partner search for River Valley project
  3. 7.Results for the most recent Metallurgical Testwork Study are summarized below:

– Prepared by Tetra Tech (formerly Wardrop)

– High Confidence: Measured plus Indicated = 72% of total

– Reported on PdEq basis: Pd=40% & Pt=20% of the payable metals

– Pd to Pt ratio = 2.5:1; Cu to Ni ratio = 3:1

– High Grade potential, particularly in the north part of River Valley deposit

– Resources under evaluation for development potential as open pit mining operation

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  1. 8.Results for the 2015 discovery drill program on the T2 target are as follows:

-Drill hole intercepts much higher than the average grade of current mineral resource estimate

-Possible new mineralized zone at the north end of the River Valley deposit

-Show potential to take the River Valley PGM Project in a new direction

-More drilling required

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  1. 9. Exploration and Development Plans for 2016
  • -Mineral prospecting and geological mapping on surface-Drill programs targeted to add more higher grade ???-Geological interpretation and 2D/3D modelling of all drill and surface results

    -Application to the OPA’s Junior Exploration Assistance Program (JEAP) for 33% refund of all exploration expenditures up to $300,000.

    -Ongoing Strategic Partner Search for River Valley


The contents contained herein that relates to Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled, reviewed or prepared by Dr. Bill Stone, Principal Consulting Geoscientist for Pacific North West Capital. Dr. Stone is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

” Harry Barr ”

Harry Barr

Chairman and CEO

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.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements. This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results and are based on current expectations or beliefs. For this purpose, statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements include statements in which the Company uses words such as “continue”, “efforts”, “expect”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “confident”, “intend”, “strategy”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “project”, “goal”, “target”, “prospects”, “optimistic” or similar expressions. These statements by their nature involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of important factors, including, among others, the Company’s ability and continuation of efforts to timely and completely make available adequate current public information, additional or different regulatory and legal requirements and restrictions that may be imposed, and other factors as may be discussed in the documents filed by the Company on SEDAR (, including the most recent reports that identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake any obligation to review or confirm analysts’ expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Durango Adds Additional Pegmatite Ground And Negotiates On Additional Ground Adjacent To Nemaska’s Whabouchi Property $DGO

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 14th, 2016


  • Announced that it is negotiating on two additional parcels of potential lithium ground located near the Whabouchi property in northern Quebec
  • First package is adjacent to the northwest boundary of Nemaska Lithium Corp. (TSX.V-NMX) Whabouchi property,
  • Second is located to the southeast of Nemaska Lithium and south of Durango’s existing NMX East ground.

Vancouver, BC / April 14, 2016 – Durango Resources Inc. (TSX.V-DGO), (the “Company” or “Durango”) announces that it is negotiating on two additional parcels of potential lithium ground located near the Whabouchi property in northern Quebec. The first package is adjacent to the northwest boundary of Nemaska Lithium Corp. (TSX.V-NMX) Whabouchi property, and the second is located to the southeast of Nemaska Lithium and south of Durango’s existing NMX East ground.

Durango has also staked 320 hectares south of its original NMX East ground which previously belonged to Tucana Lithium Corp. The staked area encompasses a pegmatite intrusion measuring approximately 3 kilometres long at surface and trending to the northeast, according to Quebec regional geologic mapping (2).

President Marcy Kiesman stated, “We are pleased to cover as much of the historically mapped pegmatites as possible in the region as they provide Durango with excellent targets for the upcoming pegmatite sampling and VLF survey which will enable us to pinpoint the extent of the pegmatites and establish drilling targets.”

The technical contents of this release were approved by Mr. Case Lewis, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The property has not yet been the subject of a National Instrument 43-101 report.


  1. (1)Theberge, D. (2011). NI 43-101 Technical Report Pertaining to the Abigail Property, Nemiscau Area, Northern Quebec, Canada, prepared for Tucana Lithium Corp.
  2. (2)SIGEOM WMS (2016). “50k Regional Geology” layer.

About Durango

Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company has a 100% interest in the Mayner’s Fortune and Smith Island limestone properties in northwest British Columbia, the Decouverte and Trove gold properties in the Abitibi Region of Quebec, and the NMX East lithium property near the Whabouchi mine and the Buckshot graphite property near the Miller Mine in Quebec, the Whitney Northwest property near the Lake Shore Gold and Goldcorp joint venture in Ontario, as well as three sets of claims in the Labrador nickel corridor.

For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at

Marcy Kiesman, Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: 604.428.2900 or 604.339.2243

Facsimile: 888.266.3983

Email: [email protected]


Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain or refer to forward-looking information based on current expectations, including, but not limited to timing of mineral resource estimates, future exploration or project development programs and the impact on the Company of these events. Forward-looking information is subject to significant risks and uncertainties, as actual results may differ materially from forecasted results. Forward-looking information is provided as of the date hereof and we assume no responsibility to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances. For a detailed list of risks and uncertainties relating to Durango, please refer to the Company’s prospectus filed on its SEDAR profile at

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.

400% Growth Predicted For China’s Lithium-Ion Automotive Battery Market By 2017

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:18 PM on Monday, February 9th, 2015

Market research firm CCM predicts that the lithium-ion battery market is beginning to enter its golden era in China following high growth of electric car sales.According to CCM data, in 2014 manufacturers in China produced 78,499 EVs (including tiny vehicles), which is 250% more than in 2013. In 2015, sales will grow even faster to 250,000!In such a case, the lithium-ion battery industry should jump by 400% by 2017.

CCM expects it to grow from 4 billion Ah a year to 20 billion Ah a year. Times 3.5 V (cell voltages differences among different chemistries), that would be 70 GWh (twice the size of the Tesla Gigafactory and two times more than world production in 2013).

“This rapid growth is sparking similar growth in demand for power lithium-ion batteries, Chinese EV brand BYD has already encountered difficulties meeting orders due to a shortage of batteries, according to CCM.

Samsung, LG, and Foxconn all invested more than RMB 2 billion (US$325 million) in China’s lithium-ion battery market in 2014, and CCM expects to see similar levels of investment in 2015.

Most domestic Chinese battery manufacturers currently lag behind their competitors in Japan, South Korea, and the US in terms of their ability to manufacture high performing EV batteries, though this gap is narrowing gradually, so there is a large opportunity for international players to gain market share in China’s power lithium-ion battery market in the coming years, the firm suggests.”


U.S. Navy Buys $81 Million Lithium-Iron Battery

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:56 PM on Monday, January 5th, 2015

Energy storage technology just got a big boost courtesy of Uncle Sam’s Canoe Club, also known as the U.S. Navy.

The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded an $81 million contract to K2 Energy Solutions, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-iron phosphate battery technology based in Henderson, Nevada, to design an energy storage system capable of powering “a large modular capacitor bank for the electromagnetic railgun.”

The electromagnetic railgun has become one of the largest science and technology projects supported by the Office of Naval Research. The railgun uses electricity rather than gunpowder or rocket motors to hurl hypersonic projectiles over extremely long distances. The railgun can deliver a projectile at speeds greater than Mach 7. A projectile can strike a target located more than 200 nautical miles away from a warship in about six minutes.

The railgun is one of the crown jewels in the Navy’s directed energy program, which also includes several high-risk, high-payoff laser technologies.

Directed energy technologies have critical advantages over traditional guns, bombs and other kinetic weapons, including the ability to attack multiple targets with greater precision. The Navy is not the only branch of the military pursuing directed energy applications.

“Directed Energy Weapons are a critical game-changing technology for the Navy-Marine Corps Team TISI -3.05%,” said James Thomsen, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.

The ability to generate the massive pulse of electricity required by the railgun has been a critical barrier to mass deployment. The battery contract awarded to K2 Energy Solution suggests that this barrier has at least partially been cleared.

Lithium-iron phosphate batteries are one of many types of lithium-ion batteries available in the market today. They are rechargeable and are typically used for high power applications that demand flat discharge rates and stay relatively cool.

K2 Energy Solutions Inc Provider NAVSEA

The contract was awarded in July but the first order was not placed until today. The battery system is expected to be completed by 2016. Per the U.S Department of Defense’s press release announcing the award: “K2 Energy Solutions, Henderson, Nevada, is being awarded a ceiling-priced $81,400,000 firm-fixed price/cost-plus fixed-fee, basic ordering agreement for the fully self-contained battery intermediate energy store system required to power a large modular capacitor bank for the electromagnetic railgun.”

In addition to military applications, K2 Energy Solutions has developed both high energy and high power cell battery technologies for medical, industrial and utility applications. The company was not available to comment.

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Why Elon Musk’s Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:57 AM on Friday, December 5th, 2014
Tesla Factory in California
Tesla Motor Inc. associates work on a Model S at the company’s factory in Fremont, California. More than 100,000 plug-ins have been sold in California, according to data from and Baum & Associates, though electric vehicles make up less than 1 percent of all U.S. car sales. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry.

At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA:US)’s battery factory, projected to be the world’s largest.

Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, sees the $5 billion facility as a key step toward making electric cars more affordable, while ending reliance on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At first blush, the push toward more electric cars looks to be positive for utilities struggling with stagnant sales from energy conservation and slow economic growth.

Yet Musk’s so-called gigafactory may soon become an existential threat to the 100-year-old utility business model. The facility will also churn out stationary battery packs that can be paired with rooftop solar panels to store power. Already, a second company led by Musk, SolarCity Corp. (SCTY:US), is packaging solar panels and batteries to power California homes and companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT:US)

“The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose” comes from systems that include storage, said Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Snowmass, Colorado-based energy consultant. “That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.”

J.B. Straubel, chief technology officer for Palo Alto, California-based Tesla, said the company views utilities as partners not adversaries in its effort to build out battery storage. Musk was not available for comment.

The Tesla systems are arriving just as utilities begin to feel increasing pressure worldwide from the disruption posed by renewable energy.

Lima Meeting

In Germany, the rapid rise of tax-subsidized clean energy has undermined wholesale prices and decimated the profitability of coal and natural gas plants. Germany’s largest utility EON SE (EOAN) said this week it will spin off its fossil-fuel plant business to focus on renewables in part because of new clean energy competitors coming onto its turf.

Threats to the traditional utility model come as energy and environment take the world stage at the latest round of United Nations climate talks that began Dec. 1 in Lima. Delegates, backed by global environmental groups, want to leave the conference with a draft agreement to tackle climate change by lowering carbon-dioxide emissions — something that has eluded them for years.

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s Lovins has installed solar on his house in Snowmass and uses it to power his electric car. His monthly electric bill: $25. He has a lot of company.

100,000 Plug-ins

In California, where 40 percent of the nation’s plug-in cars have been sold, about half of electric vehicle owners have solar or want to install it, according to a February survey by the Center for Sustainable Energy, a green-energy advocate. More than 100,000 plug-ins have been sold in California, according to data from and Baum & Associates, though EVs make up less than 1 percent of all U.S. car sales.

Few homes and businesses use solar and back-up-battery storage, proof for some utilities that the systems remain a hard sell outside of states like California or markets like Hawaii where high power costs make solar competitive.

Still, the Edison Electric Institute, a trade group representing America’s investor-owned utilities, recently announced that its members will help to encourage electric vehicle use by spending $50 million annually to buy plug-in service trucks and invest in car-charging technology.

“Advancing plug-in electric vehicles and technologies is an industry priority,” said EEI President Thomas Kuhn.

Charging Stations

Analysts think the industry has been slow to react. Tesla, SolarCity and green-energy companies are already moving aggressively into unoccupied space. “Some of the more nimble companies that think and move more quickly, they are beating the utilities to the punch,” said Ben Kallo, a San Francisco-based analyst for Robert W. Baird & Co.

Tesla has installed 135 solar-powered fast-charging stations across North America where its Model S drivers can refuel for free. NRG Energy Inc. is building a network of public charging stations in major cities that drivers can access on a per-charge basis or for a flat monthly fee of about $15.

And then there’s the home front. In a July report, Morgan Stanley said Tesla’s home and business energy-storage product could be “disruptive” in the U.S. and in Europe as customers seek to avoid utility fees by going “off-grid.”


VOLUME ALERT – Stria Lithium (SRA: TSX-V) 101K Shares Traded, 9X Average Daily Vol.

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:35 AM on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014



Last: $0.15 Up $0.01

Percentage: 7.14% Vol. 101.5K Shares Traded (9X Average)

Stria Lithium Discusses Revolutionary Lithium Extraction Method

The company is aiming to become one of the lowest cost producers in the world for battery-grade technology lithium through partnerships, licensing and joint ventures  which are critical for high-technology green energy industries such as consumer electronics, energy storage and military.

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Stria Validates Its Pontax Lithium Mineralization as Feedstock for a Novel, Low-Cost, Environmentally Sustainable Chlorination-based Pilot Plant Process

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:03 AM on Monday, October 20th, 2014

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Oct. 20, 2014) – Stria Lithium Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRA) (“Stria” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the completion of a dense media separation study (“DMS”) demonstrating the mineralogical quality of spodumene mineralization from its wholly-owned Pontax Lithium Project in the James Bay Region of Northern Quebec.

The mineralization will be used to feed Stria’s pilot plant using novel technologies for purification purposes. Pilot plant operations are scheduled for early 2015.

In April 2014, Stria conducted a surface sampling program at its Pontax property to collect 100kg of spodumene mineralization. The aim of the program was to demonstrate the mineralization was amenable to conventional processing techniques and; to validate that spodumene concentrate could be used with conventional DMS or gravity separation techniques to feed the proposed pilot plant.

Mineralogical and metallurgical testing was undertaken by SGS Canada at their Lakefield, Ontario facilities. It included sample preparation, head sample analysis, mineralogical analysis, heavy liquid separation (“HLS”) tests and the grindability characterization. Upon completion of the gravity separation tests, dense media separation and magnetic separation were conducted to improve the grade and recovery of the spodumene.

SGS reported that conventional HLS processes indicated the Pontax mineralization can generate an initial spodumene concentrate recovery of 53.9% Li grading at 6.03% Li2O. With fine portions added, the total spodumene concentrate is capable of achieving 94.9% Li purity.

Work continues at SGS using a small parallel flotation circuit to upgrade the middlings and to improve overall recoveries and lithium purity. HLS testing also demonstrated it was possible to reject 61% of the original mass as mainly silicate gangue with a resulting Li loss of only 5.1% of that mass.

“We are very pleased with these metallurgical test results,” said Stria President and Chief Operating Officer Julien Davy. “They confirm our Pontax spodumene mineralization is a viable feedstock for a planned 2015 pilot plant.

“Our next milestone will be to demonstrate our proprietary technologies – as we designed them – are capable of producing high grade Li-metal, Li-carbonate or Li-hydroxide products with significant economies realized within a low chemical consumption environment,” said Mr. Davy.

“The greatest cost in producing lithium compounds and products are attached to processing and purification. Stria’s business model holds a ‘technology-first’ bias aimed at building a disruptive, competitive advantage into both our spodumene and brine operations,” Mr. Davy added.

About Stria Lithium Inc.

Stria Lithium (TSX VENTURE:SRA) 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.

Qualified Person: This news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Julien Davy, P.Geo., M.Sc., MBA, President and COO of Stria and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101 Guidelines.

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]

Client Feature: Stria Lithium (SRA: TSX-V) Powering The Green Revolution

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:27 PM on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014


Why Stria Lithium?

  • Aiming to become one of the lowest cost producers in the world for battery- grade technology lithium — critical for high-technology green energy industries.
  • Management is key. Stria has assembled a truly world-class, experienced and accomplished team.
  • Stria’s strategic, cost-effective exploration substantially reduces the risks and expenditures of exploration by focusing on deposits that are readily available to advance.
  • Stria’s unique and extensive experience in understanding and utilizing the latest, most-advanced geophysical tools affords the Company a competitive edge within the industry.
  • The lithium market remains robust with tremendous upside potential versus other metals.


A New Source, a new process for technology lithium

Several foreign nations are already stockpiling materials critical to the emerging green technology economy, which means a reliable North American supply of high quality lithium-based products has never been more urgent. Stria believes Canada has a key role to play in the green tech economy, and plan to be a part of it by carving out a supply and technology niche in the critical and strategic metals world.

Proprietary Processing Technologies

Stria President and Chief Operating Officer Julien Davy said the company’s ultimate goal is to produce high-purity (99.999%) lithium metal or other lithium compounds that meet the needs of battery manufacturers for an environmentally sustainable supply option that dramatically reduces costs. “Any lithium process that significantly reduces production costs will help changing the battery market,” said Mr. Davy.

Pontax-Lithium property …

Stria holds 100 per cent ownership of the Pontax-Lithium property located in the west-central James Bay territory in northern Quebec.

The property, which Stria acquired from Khalkos Exploration Inc. in 2013, is host to a recently discovered swarm of a dozen spodumene-bearing (a lithium mineral) pegmatite dikes, each one metre to 10 metres in thickness, plus a series of small centimetre-thick dikelets.

The lithium-bearing dikes outcrop over an area of 450 metres by 100 metres (for more information, click here to view the NI-43-101 Technical Report (Girard,2013) on the Pontax-Lithium Property).

Close-up view of Pontax’s spodumene-bearing pegmatite. The light grey spodumene is idiomorphic and lath-shaped. The intergranular grey mineral is quartz.

Willcox Lithium / Arizona

Stria holds 100 per cent ownership of the Willcox Lithium project, located in Cochise County, Arizona. Acquired through the purchase of Pueblo Lithium LLC from AGR-O Phosphate Inc. in 2014, the property is comprised of 61 lode mining claims.

The purpose of the 2014 Willcox drilling program is to confirm historic exploration results and to test groundwater samples for use in Stria’s proprietary membrane processing technologies now under development. This technology will allow Stria to recover lithium from brine type deposits without the need of large scale evaporation ponds and their associated environmental impacts.

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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.