MondayAug 16, 2021 1:45 pm

Four Technologies That May Help Address Energy Storage Challenge

Many of the renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind energy, flow and ebb depending on the prevailing weather conditions. If renewable energy is to become the dominant source of global energy, reliable and cost-effective solutions on a utility scale have to be developed and deployed so that excess energy can be stored in order to be used when the natural supply is low, such as at night when solar panels cannot collect energy from the sun. Here are four technologies that hold the greatest promise for fixing the energy storage challenge. Pumped hydro The basic thinking behind…

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MondayAug 16, 2021 10:21 am

First Energy Metals Ltd. (CSE: FE) (OTCQB: FEMFF) Continues To Release Lithium Drill Results As Lithium Demand Continues to Grow Globally

Company reported various lithium oxide volumes at LC21-22 and LC21-003 drill holes The drilling showed irregular values of rare metals, including niobium, rubidium, tantalum, beryllium, cesium, and iron Analysis of the samples is done through a process called Code Ultratrace 7 using Peroxide Fusion, ICP, and ICP/MS First Energy Metals granted incentive stock options to certain directors, officers, and consultants to purchase up to 900,000 common shares under the Stock Options Plan, exercisable for five years at a price of $0.25 per share Global Li-ion Battery Market to Reach $80.5 Billion by 2024 First Energy Metals (CSE: FE) (OTCQB: FEMFF),…

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FridayAug 13, 2021 11:20 am

Novel Battery Designs Unlikely to Dent Metals Demand by EV Industry

Mining companies have revealed that plans to make an EV battery that doesn’t contain lithium by China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (“CATL”) likely will not ease the demand for lithium as well as other battery metals. This is mainly because the battery will have a limited range, and competing battery technologies are expected to eat up lithium’s supply in the near future. Earlier in June, CATL revealed that it would be developing a sodium ion alternative that wouldn’t contain cobalt, lithium or nickel. This battery will be heavier and less powerful in comparison with the lithium ion battery, which…

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ThursdayAug 12, 2021 2:05 pm

 A “Time Lapse” View of the Silver Mining Steps

Silver has had many applications in the past, its use in jewelry for millenniums to its use in powering the current new tech innovations and the green energy transition. The metal, which has the greatest electrical conductivity in comparison to all other metals, is also used in 5G devices, circuit boards, electric vehicles, electrical contacts and solar panels, among other devices. For all its uses and applications, the full process of extracting the mineral isn’t well known. We discuss this extraction and refining process of this metal, which is growing in demand, below. Silver, like most metals, is found in…

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WednesdayAug 11, 2021 2:45 pm

EU Regulators Boost the Renewables Sector

The European Commission, which is the regulatory arm of the European Union (“EU”), has modified the regional block’s energy law with an aim of setting targets for the use of sustainable forms of energy in the heating, cooling and transportation sectors. The new plan mandates member states to reduce the emissions from new vans and cars by 65% before the end of 2035 when compared to the levels of emissions registered in 2021. Thereafter, countries are expected to cut emissions by 100 percent in comparison to the levels of 2021. The enhanced emissions law also came with additional rules asking…

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TuesdayAug 10, 2021 1:45 pm

PwC Says Higher ESG Scores Correlate with Superior Mining Stocks Performance

Earlier in June, Andries Rossouw of PwC Africa Mining released a statement noting that during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) ratings surpassed the broader market to deliver a 34% average total shareholder return, which is 10 points higher than the general market index. Companies  with higher ESG ratings are showing stronger long-term performance in market and shareholder value, as they continue to attract premiums on low-carbon inputs and benefit from capital access at lower interest rates. This data was obtained from the annual review of the top-40 mining companies compiled…

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MondayAug 09, 2021 2:45 pm

Poll Forecasts Increase in Price of Gold Before Plateauing in 2022

Last week, Reuters conducted a poll with results predicting that the price of gold would average slightly above its present level of $1,830 per ounce for the remainder of this year before declining in 2022, as central banks begin to tighten their monetary policies and the global economy recovers. The price of this precious metal, which is historically considered to be a good store of value and a safe haven by investors, hit record highs of more than $2,000 per ounce at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic before dropping as economies reopened. Carsten Menke, an analyst from Julius Baer,…

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FridayAug 06, 2021 1:20 pm

The Royal Mint Finds More Young Investors Interested in Gold Investments

The Royal Mint recently released a statement reporting that it had observed a fivefold increase in the number of young investors partaking in gold investment. The Royal Mint, which produces coins for the United Kingdom and is fully owned by the Treasury, stated that young investors who were attracted to its new digital platform were focused mainly on gold investment. These investments are financed by gold that is stored in the mint’s vaults. Gold is popular among investors across the globe, especially during times of uncertainty, such as during the coronavirus pandemic. This is mainly because it is considered to…

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ThursdayAug 05, 2021 1:45 pm

IDTechEx Report Finds Interest in Vanadium Growing Even as Alternatives Hit the Market

The vanadium redox flow battery (“VRFB”) is the first battery of its kind to be commercialized and is gaining popularity in the global energy storage system market. The most recent report on redox flow batteries by IDTechEx show that redox flow batteries will be adopted extensively in the near future, as interest in it grows. The large adoption of redox flow battery systems doesn’t imply that lithium-ion batteries will cease to exist in the market but that both systems will be addressing different needs. IDTechEx expects lithium-ion batteries to primarily be used for short-duration storage, noting that the range addressed…

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WednesdayAug 04, 2021 3:00 pm

Rising Metals Prices Trigger Renewed Interest in Zombie Mines

A mine located in Bosnia and Herzegovina may soon resume silver production, after a more than three-decade hiatus, following years of civil unrest. Paul Cronin, CEO of Adriatic Metals Plc, which is the mining company that will be handling this project dubbed the Vares project, reveals that the silver mine could begin production by next year’s end. This is part of an emerging trend that involves resuming operations in “zombie” mines that halted production due to various reasons including political unrest, owner bankruptcy or weak prices. In an interview, Cronin, a former investment banker, stated that some of these mines,…

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