FridayJan 21, 2022 10:24 am

Silver’s Industrial Applications to Boost Demand

Silver has the enviable position of not only being a precious metal but also being a metal that has numerous industrial applications because of its different attributes, such as is high electrical conductivity and high reflectivity as well as superior thermal conductivity. While the past two years weren’t so good for this precious metal because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 and the years to come seem poised to reverse this trend and get the white metal soaring once again. The first factor that could drive up demand for silver is the increased use of the metal in…

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ThursdayJan 20, 2022 10:15 am

Barrick Gold CEO Confident Cryptocurrencies Can’t Upstage Gold as Hedge Against Inflation

During a recent interview in Riyadh, Barrick Gold Corp. CEO Mark Bristow stated that the price of gold would stand firm in 2022, that is if they didn’t increase, as investors would use the precious metal as a hedge against inflation, favoring it over cryptocurrencies. Bristow stated that the most likely scenario would be gold trading between $1,750 per ounce and above $1,800, noting that the price risk for the precious metal was on the upside while the risk on the downside was minimal. Barrick Gold Corp. is the second-largest producer of gold globally, with more than 15 operating sites…

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WednesdayJan 19, 2022 1:38 pm

Kazakhstan Unrest Triggers Surge of Uranium Prices

Protests in Kazakhstan, which began last week, have caused a surge in the price of uranium, with data released by UxC showing that the price of the radioactive metal increased to $45.20. Kazakhstan is the biggest producer of uranium globally, producing more than 40% of the world’s uranium. The Central Asian country restricted some travel and interrupted communication networks in an attempt to thwart the unrest. Additionally, the Kremlin stated that Russia and its Collective Security Treaty Organization allies would send peacekeeping forces to the country after the nation’s leader, President Kassym-JomartTokayev, called for assistance. The protects could increase reliance…

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WednesdayJan 19, 2022 9:00 am

StraightUp Resources Inc. (CSE: ST) (OTCQB: STUPF) Betting on Precious Metals Amid Uncertainty over Economic Forces

Mineral property exploration company StraightUp Resources enters 2022 with a new CEO, the tailwind from a new OTCQB Market listing, DTC Eligibility, and encouraging reports on its properties and neighboring properties owned by other companies As Americans shift their focus from COVID policies to inflationary pressures and other economic matters, many investors are mulling the appeal of precious metals as a safe haven StraightUp holds a mine in the historically productive Bullfrog mining district in Southern Nevada  The company also holds options for five potentially productive greenbelt sites in Ontario, which the company is assessing As Americans weary of COVID-19…

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TuesdayJan 18, 2022 3:45 pm

Underwater Energy Storage System to Be Tested at US Navy Facility

EC-OG, a company based in Scotland and focused on remote power generation and energy storage, has manufactured a li-ion battery energy storage system named Halo. Halo was recently paired with small-scale wave energy converters and installed underwater, off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The installation trial, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, tested the subsea storage system at the Navy Wave Energy Test facility. The test site is jointly managed by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, the Hawaii National Marine Renewable Energy Center, the Navy and the Department of Energy. The site has been in operation since 2004. From…

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FridayJan 14, 2022 10:57 am

Shift to Green Economy to Boost Price and Demand of Cobalt

The latest report released by Fitch Solution highlights that the international supply chain for cobalt will remain concentrated in DRC and China. The Democratic Republic of Congo produces more than 70% of the world’s cobalt while China is the biggest refiner of the metal. This, the market analyst firm says, may create procurement issues for battery manufacturing companies. Despite this, the analyst firm expects the international cobalt industry to grow considerably as the countries around the globe shift to the green economy, given that cobalt is a crucial component of batteries. The ferromagnetic blue metal is also valued because of…

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ThursdayJan 13, 2022 1:42 pm

Irish Central Bank Ended Hiatus, Bought Gold in November

Data published last week shows that the Irish Central Bank added $88 million to its gold reserves in November 2021. This purchase is equivalent to €78 million and was completed at a time when the price of gold in euros hit a new record, after more than a year. This purchase means that the financial institution has grown its holdings of gold by more than three tons in the last three months, which is roughly a 60% rise from the level it had maintained for more than 10 years. In November, Ireland’s yearly inflation rate was 5.2%, with the Economic…

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WednesdayJan 12, 2022 12:30 pm

New Netherlands Government Makes Nuclear Energy Key Objective in Plans

The new coalition government in the Netherlands has made the use of nuclear power a key objective in its energy and climate policy. In their statement, the Christen Unie, CDA, D66 and VVD parties wrote that their objective was to strive to make the country and the planet habitable as well as livable. The parties released their policy document, which describes the short-term plans the government has for the near future. The plans were agreed upon after negotiations that started after the general election in March 2021 were concluded. The document makes a case for nuclear power, stating that the…

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WednesdayJan 12, 2022 9:30 am

StraightUp Resources Inc. (CSE: ST) (OTCQB: STUPF) Positioning Itself to Tap into Extrapolated Positive Price Trends within the Precious Metals Segment

StraightUp is positioning itself to tap into the trends associated with the prices of precious metals with the expectation that the positive historical trends could continue well into the future The company is undertaking additional, thorough exploration works at its existing properties as well as acquiring new properties In 2022, the company hopes to prove gold mineralization at its RLX properties located in the legendary Red Lake Mining District 2022 could hold some extreme promise, excitement, and momentum for StraightUp Resources (CSE: ST) (OTCQB: STUPF), a public company engaged in the business of mineral exploration and the acquisition of mineral…

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TuesdayJan 11, 2022 12:51 pm

How Nanotechnology Can Be Used to Enhance Vanadium Flow Battery Performance

The interest in advanced methods of storing energy has grown as the use of renewable energy sources to generate energy continues to expand. However, wind and solar power generation don’t always provide immediate and consistent electricity, which highlights the need for a reliable method that can be used to store energy for the power grid. Vanadium redox flow batteries are considered to be the solution to these issues because they possess relatively large power output and are highly efficient in storing renewable energy. However, most vanadium flow batteries use perfluorinated sulfonic acid-based ion-exchange membranes. These membranes demonstrate high vanadium ion…

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