The global community must have access to graphite supply outside of China. At the moment, China controls 70% to 80% of the world’s graphite supply, according to Northern Graphite. China also makes almost 100% of the graphite anode material critical for lithium batteries and electric vehicles. To secure supply outside of the region, the U.S. and the European Union have named graphite a supply critical material. The USGS for example includes graphite on its list of 35 minerals and metals considered critical to the United States.
After all, graphite production needs to more than double over the next five years, according to Northern Graphite, to meet the demands of lithium ion batteries and auto companies. Graphite is a key component of the green economy, for use in lithium ion batteries, fuel cells, grid storage, and many other key technologies.
That’s Where Graphite Companies, like Ceylon Graphite (TSXV:CYL)(OTC:CYLYF) Can Help
Ceylon Graphite just announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intent to enter into an exclusive global licence with Cambridge Advanced Materials Innovation Consultancy Ltd, an arm’s length party incorporated and registered in England. The Definitive License will relate to certain technology, know-how and related intellectual property of CAMI. The CAMI Technology includes an unpublished Great Britain patent application (application number 2101925) and other intellectual property, data, know-how, regulatory filings and other information. CAMI and Ceylon Graphite anticipate entering into the Definitive License within the next 21 days.
The CAMI Technology relates to a method of producing high quality few-layer graphene and derivatives by exfoliation of processed high grade vein graphite produced by Ceylon Graphite. The highly effective exfoliation process is low energy consuming but results in increased yield (>60%) of few-layer graphene products which have been validated for batteries and energy cells in addition to industrial end-user applications.
Dr. Mallika Bohm, CEO of CAMI Consultancy Ltd states, “Key to obtaining best quality graphene is to achieve high exfoliation rate with low energy input. The unique CAMI Technology - has achieved this by using high quality processed Vein graphite with appropriate applied shearing force. Unlike chemical, electrochemical or high-pressure or radiation exfoliation processes, in this process no harmful chemical or changes to bonding structure in graphene is involved. Graphene has many applications in industrial products, most importantly for batteries and energy storage, and coating applications.”
Ceylon Graphite’s Chief Scientific Executive stated, “This industrially scalable process is already designed for large volume production; additional modules can be added as demand increases. Ceylon Graphite’s unique feed stock of the highest carbon content (upgraded to 99.99% Cg), high crystalline graphite material, leads to low energy consumption during the exfoliation process with no waste products to be handled. Few-layer graphene produced using this technology is most suitable as conductive additive materials for energy storage applications and it will be a key material for the development of global decarbonation technology.”
Ceylon Graphite is one of the few producing natural graphite companies in the world, and one of a very few with access to vein graphite with average purity >90% Cg out of the ground, a purity level which eliminates the need for expensive primary upgrading commonly required for flake graphite found in most parts of the world.
“This is a huge development for Ceylon Graphite”, says Bharat Parashar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As many of you have heard me say our ultimate goal is to graduate from being a producer of high grade, environmentally friendly, natural graphite to a vertically integrated advanced material and technology company. This licence represents a significant step towards reaching that goal.”
The global graphene market is anticipated to reach USD 2.8 Billion by 2027 while exhibiting a CAGR of 39% between 2020 and 2027. Rise in awareness regarding superior characteristics of graphene and excellent product characteristics, such as high electrical and thermal conductivity, coupled with high electron mobility and high permeability is anticipated to expand the application scope of graphene. Rising product penetration in various applications including energy storage, semiconductors, and sensors is anticipated to further expand the market, also driven by the increasing demand for sustainability solutions across the globe.
Other related developments from around the markets include:
Graphite One Inc. (TSXV:GPH)(OTC:GPHOF) announced that on January 15, 2021 it received notice that the Company’s Graphite Creek Project has been designated a High-Priority Infrastructure Project (HPIP) by the U.S. Government’s Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Committee (FPISC). The approval is the culmination of a process that began with the nomination on October 4, 2019 by Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy of Graphite One’s project for High-Priority Infrastructure Project designation. “Designating the Graphite Creek Project as a High-Priority Infrastructure Project will send a strong signal that the U.S. intends to end the days of our 100% import-dependency for this increasingly critical mineral,” said Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy in his nomination letter.
Mason Graphite Inc. (TSXV:LLG)(OTC:MGPHF) provided an update on recent corporate actions and discuss its commitment to the Company’s Lac Guéret Graphite project. Since establishing itself as a new Board of Directors at the Company’s annual general meeting of shareholders held on December 29, 2020, the Company has appointed Messrs. Peter Damouni and Simon Marcotte as executive directors to facilitate an assessment of the Company’s current activities. The existing management team remains intact and is working with the new Board to integrate its knowledge into the Board’s decision-making process. Along with other initiatives, the current focus of the Company on value-added products, carrying higher returns in the near term, will continue its course. But the Lac Guéret Graphite project remains extremely important in the North American ecosystem and is undoubtfully one of the pillars of Québec’s ambitions to become the battery territory of North America.
Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has released its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020 by posting an update on its Investor Relations website. Please visit http://ir.tesla.com to view the update.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) announced a $100 million investment in two of its manufacturing facilities – $93 million at the Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant and $7 million at the Bedford, Indiana casting operations. The Romulus investment will add machining capability, while the Bedford investment will increase the plant’s die casting capabilities. Both investments will support increased production of GM’s 10-speed automatic transmissions used in the award-winning Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty, full-size pickups. Work will begin immediately at both locations. “Demand for our Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups continues to be very strong and we are taking action to increase the availability of our trucks for our dealers and customers,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president, North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “We appreciate the commitment and hard work our teams display every day at work in Romulus and Bedford, and these investments reflect the importance of their efforts.”
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