The next “Gold Rush” is upon us. Many industry experts are shocked at the speed of which this next “Gold Rush” has materialized and at THE FACT that it has nothing to do with GOLD at all!
Over the past decade investors have been quietly flocking to one mineral above all else.
I’m sure you have heard the “BUZZ” surrounding the lithium sector & if not let me assure you it’s been HUGE! However, few seem to grasp the truth about LITHIUM & LITHIUM ION BATTERIES… Keep Reading…
The build out of Tesla’s Gigafactory has literally created new demand for lithium ion batteries but unlike the name suggests, these power plants have VERY LIMITED LITHIUM WITHIN THE BATTERIES themselves.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk said himself, “Lithium is actually 2% of the cell mass, of a lithium ion battery! It sounds like it’s big because it’s called lithium ion but it really should be called nickel-graphite because it’s mostly nickel and graphite.”
That’s the same lithium-ion batteries that power EVERY Tesla vehicle & most every other form of electric powered device that uses a “lithium-ion battery”.
These highly efficient and easily rechargeable batteries are expected to be the fastest growing application in the graphite market between 2017 and 2022.
Almost every automotive manufacturer has some sort of plan to debut new electric vehicles in the near future. Data provided by Peter O’Connor of the Union of Concerned Scientists showed that the electric vehicle market grew by 32% annually between 2012 and 2016 and is expected to grow up to 40% in 2017.
Data by Electric Vehicle Outlook projects that electric vehicles will account for 54% of new car sales by 2040.
Since the beginning of 2017, the market has reached a new peak of lithium-ion battery capacity in the pipeline. An additional 153 GWh has been added to planned capacity build-outs this year alone, taking the total to 372 GWh.
Today, Graphite Energy Corp (OTC: GRXXF) is working to position itself in the middle of this exciting story!
Graphite Energy Corp (OTC: GRXXF) is a mining company, that is focused on developing graphite resources. Graphite is one of the most in demand technology metals that is required for a green and sustainable world. Graphite Energy Corp. has state-of-the-art mining technology that is friendly to the environment. Our mine, located in Quebec Canada, has historically been a natural resource for graphite. With the demand for graphite growing on some of the most prominent and cutting-edge industries such as solar and lithium batteries in electric cars and robotics, (OTC: GRXXF) has updated their technology to meet the demands of the future.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s goal is to be building 500,000 electric-vehicles (EV) by 2020. With this planned production rate in the latter half of the decade, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium-ion batteries. With this immense demand, graphite mining companies like Graphite Energy Corp (OTC: GRXXF) could see a major boost in production demand!
In a clear indication that Tesla has begun sourcing the raw materials needed for its Nevada gigafactory, last week Tesla signed a 5-year lithium supply agreement with Vancouver based Pure Energy. This puts Tesla well on its way to meeting its lithium supply needs, however, the company still faces the task of securing its graphite needs for the gigafactory.
Tesla can acquire this through the supply of synthetic graphite, which is very expensive (up to $20,000 per ton) and requires fossil fuels to manufacture. Both of which go against Tesla’s announced mandate to reduce the cost of battery production and move away from reliance on hydrocarbons.
Alternatively, they can secure off-take from a high quality, graphite deposit, much like they did with the Pure Energy lithium. Given the substantial concerns surrounding Chinese graphite mines (world’s largest graphite producer) it is quite likely that Tesla will seek a North American source for its graphite. This will be a main point of focus for investors looking to get in on the ground floor of the graphite boom & provide the potential for HUGE OPPORTUNITY with companies like Graphite Energy Corp (OTC: GRXXF).
“Our property has a lot of potential because we have historic graphite deposits, many showings and electromagnetic conductors, which we believe could be extensions of the known mineralization. Our host rocks, the Granville province, are the same hosts of several past producing graphite mines and several showings in the vicinity. The Lac Aux Bouleaux property lies adjacent to the south of the Lac Des Iles graphite mine which is considered world class because it produces 25,000 tones of graphite annually and is the largest of only 2 operating graphite mines in north America.”
– Joanne Freeze, Geologist/Technical Advisor, Graphite Energy Corp. (OTC: GRXXF)
According to market research firm IHS Markit, lithium-ion batteries represent the fastest-growing form of energy storage and will be a part of about 80% of storage installations by 2025.
Because of the energy density afforded by the lightweight metal, there is nothing likely on the near-term horizon as a substitute for lithium-ion batteries in terms of economic utility.
In other words, graphite is essential and could be set to continue to grow in importance for the foreseeable future. The main point to recognize is that the industry economics on a basic level could already be pointing to sizeable move coming for graphite.
Investors are sending the prices of the raw materials used to make lithium-ion batteries rapidly higher on hopes that demand for electric cars surges. The rise comes amid fears that the supply of the metals needed for batteries might not meet the new demand. And it just so happens that Graphite Energy Corp (OTC: GRXXF) is located in one of the most prolific graphite producing areas in North America.
Volkswagen, the world’s largest carmaker, said that it expects to need 200 GWh of battery-cell production by 2025 and plans to invest $23.4 billion in zero-emissions vehicles. This would require a huge increase in production because there is only 266 GWh of new battery capacity in the worldwide pipeline between now and 2020, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.
Investors are sending the prices of the raw materials used to make lithium-ion batteries rapidly higher on hopes that demand for electric cars surges. The rise comes amid fears that the supply of the metals needed for batteries might not meet the new demand. And it just so happens that Graphite Energy Corp (OTC: GRXXF) is in one of the most prolific graphite producing areas in North America.
Volkswagen, the world’s largest car-maker, said that it expects to need 200 GWh of battery-cell production by 2025 and plans to invest $23.4 billion in zero-emissions vehicles. This would require a huge increase in production because there is only 266 GWh of new battery capacity in the worldwide pipeline between now and 2020, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.
Benchmark Mineral Intelligence analyst Andrew Miller said, “For the first time in over five years, we’re now seeing consistent increases in pricing due to supply-side pressures. At the same time, you have the emergence of new demand from value-added applications such as expandable graphite and spherical graphite for lithium-ion batteries.”
Government environmental initiatives are likely to increase demand. The UK and France are banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 and China says that 10% of cars it produces by 2019 must be zero-emissions.
There’s huge room for growth, too: electric vehicles account for six of the ten fastest-selling used car models in the US, where they make up just 1% of total new sales.
So as the electric vehicle revolutionizes travel, the latest solar roofing and battery storage systems are transforming the future of grid power. And extraordinary new graphite technologies are making materials stronger than steel, with super conductive properties leading to advances in robotics along with high-efficiency nuclear reactors.
The hottest trend in most scientific journals, is a material derived from standard graphite, like the kind found in everyday pencils. But when graphite is shaved to extreme thinness; it is the thinnest material known and behaves in truly astonishing ways.
Advocates of graphene technology argue that it can be used to create materials 200 times stronger than steel, better at conducting both heat and electricity than copper, and sufficiently flexible that they can be used to form super-strength “tubes” for use in construction, for example.
These properties have some people thinking graphene will become the hot new tech, and point to the huge number of graphene patents being taken out by companies such as Samsung, IBM, and SanDisk as evidence of the material’s potential.
Graphene, due to its diminutive size and amazing thermal, electrical, and optical properties, will allow for further miniaturization and allow computers to continue their historical track — doubling in power every two years.
Graphene also has the potential to completely disrupt the consumer electronics industry, especially when it comes to smartphones.
For example, Samsung is working on a new graphene charging technology that could, once available, charge a mobile in just 12 minutes. This graphene can be added to a battery, and, once added, it boosts the capacity of traditional Lithium-ion batteries by 45% dramatically reducing charging times!
No matter the application for graphite / graphene, one of the best ways for investors to profit from global economic “MEGABOOMS” is with “Pick and Shovel” providers of raw materials and services that fuel a major technological paradigm shift. Graphene represents just such a shift.
The growth in demand for lithium ion batteries alone has put mining companies to task. It isn’t about lithium, as many would assume & we have clarified.
Historical data and recent studies indicate the Graphite Energy Corp (OTC: GRXXF) property contains a high proportion of large and jumbo graphite flakes, the most commercially valuable form of mineralization.
Keep in mind that much of the potential in front of us could be right in our very own backyard, as North America could become ground zero for this graphite explosion. Graphite production in North America is about to explode and we believe demand is going to change the supply change economics dramatically. And with change comes opportunity!
It’s up to savvy investors to make sure they are well prepared for the BOOM of investment dollars that will most-likely follow the trend and companies like Graphite Energy Corp. (OTC: GRXXF) have already begun to turn heads in a big way!
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