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Charlotte McLeod reports that graphite is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, and also has the highest strength of any natural material. However, it was not until recently that the metal began to gain popularity.

Interest in graphite is increasing in large part because lithium-ion batteries, which are used in everything from phones to modern vehicles, are becoming more and more common. Graphite is a key component of those batteries, and as their use increases, graphite production is only expected to rise.

On that note, it is interesting to look at which countr... More →
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Emma Harwood reports that from the factory floor to the real world and home and school use, this present a timeline of 3D printing highs and lows from the 1980s to the future. In the early 80s, Charles Hull invented stereolithography (SLA) and soon after Carl Deckard patented selective laser sintering (SLS).

But 3D printing really started life in the automobile industry. In 1986, Ford bought the third 3D printer ever made, called the SLA 3, for prototyping new part designs. Boeing began 3D printing in the 1980s. Boeing pushed the envelope back then, testing the limits of new techno... More →
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Charlotte McLeod reports that Rice University reported earlier this week that two of its researchers, Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Navid Sakhavand, have completed the first theoretical analysis of how 3D boron nitride could be used to control heat flow in small electronic devices. According to Shahsavari, the goal of the work is to improve the way heat moves in small electronic devices.

Typically in all electronics, it is highly desired to get heat out of the system as quickly and efficiently as possible, he told the university, adding that in the past the process has been complicated by ... More →
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Chelsea Gohd reports that an international team comprising scientists from the Carnegie Institution for Science and Yanshan University has developed an incredible new form of carbon. It is extremely light, ultra-strong, elastic, and even electrically conductive. This unusual combination of qualities makes this material versatile for a number of applications.

Carbon is unique in the sense that its electron configuration allows it to self-bond in a number of different ways, which means it is capable of taking many different forms. The scientists created this interesting type of carbon... More →
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Chris Berry reports that he has always been skeptical of the impact that graphene can or will have in the future. I do not doubt that it is deserving of its moniker of as wonder material, but given that it is such a small industry ($9 million globally) and given that there are almost innumerable applications for graphene, my skepticism is rooted in figuring out where to start. Energy? Infrastructure? Healthcare? Each of these industries is gigantic in their own right and could benefit from graphene qualities being included in their supply chains.

The size of this prize has not been ... More →
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Matthew Spizziri reports that Alabama Graphite Corp. announced the following corporate update on its 100%-owned flagship Coosa Graphite Project located in east-central Alabama, USA, and secondary-processed, specialty coated spherical graphite development progress.

Without question, 2015 proved to be an exciting year for AGC, during which time the Company accomplished several mission-critical operational and technical goals and objectives, including, but not limited to:

1. Coosa Graphite Project expanded 2015 diamond drill program.

2. Coosa Graphite Project 200-... More →
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Matthew Spizziri reports that the Alabama Graphite Corp. announced results from down-stream lithium-ion battery tests recently performed on the Company Coated Spherical Purified Graphite that was produced from flake graphite obtained from the Company Coosa Graphite Project in Alabama.

1. Independent battery testing evaluated CSPG produced by the Company proprietary CSPG manufacturing process. The test results demonstrated that AGC CSPG responded very well in CR2016 lithium-ion battery coin cell (half-cell with Lithium counter electrode) performance testing.

2. A total of... More →
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AZoCleantech reports that in preliminary electrical conductivity testing, AGCs DEXDG conductivity-enhanced, diluent product significantly outperformed TIMCAL TIMREX KS4 premium primary synthetic graphite and Superior Graphite premium-quality natural flake graphite, both commercially available conductivity-enhanced products.

DEXDG is a form of processed natural crystalline flake graphite with improved electrical conductivity in electrode matrixes for Li-ion (secondary or rechargeable), lithium (primary or non-rechargeable) and alkaline battery cells. Additionally, DEXDG is preferabl... More →
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Charlotte McLeod reports that it can be easy to forget the Australian involvement in the graphite industry. For one thing, it only recently started producing graphite again after a hiatus of over two decades. For another, a slew of ASX-listed graphite companies ... Syrah Resources, Triton Minerals, and Talga Resources,, to name a few, are successfully pursuing graphite not in Australia, but in other countries. However, that is certainly not to say that there is no graphite in Australia. In fact, Geoscience Australia states that the economic demonstrated resources in Australia stood at about 97... More →
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Charlotte McLeod reports that Australia has started producing graphite again after a hiatus of over two decades, although a slew of ASX-listed graphite companies are successfully pursuing graphite not in Australia, but in other countries. These are ... Syrah Resources, Triton Minerals, and Talga Resources, to name a few.

Geoscience Australia states that Australia economic demonstrated resources stood at 969.59 kilotonnes of graphite in 2013, up significantly from 589 kilotonnes in 2012. That breaks down into 792.81 kilotonnes in South Australia and 176.77 kilotonnes in Western Austr... More →
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Archer Exploration Limited is a graphite, magnesite, manganese, copper, gold and uranium explorer focused on the discovery of world-class ore deposits. The company has carefully acquired a portfolio of projects, covering an area in excess of 10,500 km2, in the highly prospective Gawler Craton and Adelaide Fold Belt regions of South Australia. All projects are 100% owned by the company

This article covers their graphite project in South Australia.
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Robin Bromby reports that it has been quite a week on the Australian graphite scene with at least three technology breakthroughs. As posted here on InvestorIntel overnight you will have seen one more company confirming it can produce graphene in a single-step process. On top of that, one player is moving into producing Super Sand, while another is proving up its ability to offer expandable graphite.

As Bromby has previously reported, Sydney-based analyst Warwick Grigor of Far East Capital has become an enthusiastic backer of graphene. In his latest client note he reports that, at a ... More →
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Melissa Shaw reports that Australian company, Walkabout concluded a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with European graphite trading house Georg H. Luh. The MOU opens talks for the sale and purchase of between 10,000 and 12,500 tonnes of graphite per year. The companies will also work together in other areas.

The news follows the release of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Lindi Jumbo, as well as a maiden ore reserves report. Based on test work, Walkabout anticipates that about 50% of the graphite produced will be in the super jumbo or jumbo categories, and will ... More →
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Elizabeth Gibney reports that spheres of carbon-60 are responsible for mysterious cosmic-light features. Carbon cages floating in the space between the stars have been confirmed as the cause of cosmic-light features that have puzzled astronomers for almost 100 years.

In 1919, Mary Lea Heger, a graduate student at the University of California Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, saw that particular wavelengths of light were dimmed in the emissions from certain stars, in a way that seemed unrelated to the stars themselves. As astronomers spotted more such features, they attributed them... More →
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Canada Carbon Inc. holds a 100% interest in three strategic graphite properties located in Quebec, including 2 past producing graphite mines, the Miller and the Asbury mines.

The Miller hydrothermal lump-vein historical graphite mine and surrounding property cover approximately 100 square kilometres and is located 80 km west of Montreal in the Grenville Township. The Miller mine is a past graphite and mica producer which was worked since 1845. The Miller was likely the first graphite operation in Canada. Main roads connect up to 800 meters away from the deposit and travel all around... More →
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As cement producers continue to search for alternative fuels, many types of fuel can be used in the combustion process. The high temperature needed for cement manufacturing makes it an energy-intensive process. The average energy input required to make one ton of cement is 4.7 million Btu the equivalent of about 418 pounds of coal. The U.S. cement industry uses energy equivalent to about 16 million tons of coal every year. According to the Department of Energy, U.S. cement production accounts for 0.33 percent of energy consumption lower production levels than steel production at 1.8 percent an... More →
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Collin P. Ward and Rose M. Cory report that northern circumpolar permafrost soils contain roughly twice the amount of carbon stored in the atmosphere today, but the majority of this soil organic carbon is perennially frozen. Climate warming in the arctic is thawing permafrost soils and mobilizing previously frozen dissolved organic matter (DOM) from deeper soil layers to nearby surface waters.

Previous studies have reported that ancient DOM draining deeper layers of permafrost soils was more susceptible to degradation by aquatic bacteria compared to modern DOM draining the shallow ... More →
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Dr. Conca also concludes that coal resources may be useful not in burning for power generation but for supporting an expanding carbon industry throughout the world as a feedstock to replace products currently made of wood and plastics. Conca agrees with Michael D. Campbell of I2M Associates, LLC in Houston who suggests that using fossilized (and metamorphosed) dead forests and vegetation to prevent the destruction of living forests and the biologic resources they hold, represents the ultimate in recycling and is a novel solution to one of mankinds most serious environmental and industrial issu... More →
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If we do not burn coal to produce energy, it does not mean we cannot use it for other purposes. With our new technological wizardry, coal can take the place of wood in almost all applications, not to mention lots of metal, plastic and other materials.

Imagine not cutting down forests anymore and not burning coal anymore. Industry and Wall Street are beginning to gear up for a new materials future (Cabot Corp; Global Carbon). Coal used as a non-burning resource will likely drive the expansion of a new carbon-based industries that will replace wood-based, metal-based and plastic-based... More →
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The rest of the story is on pages 21 to 25 of the Journal of The Professional Geologist. As industry has begun to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in underground reservoirs, we also have the option to not burn the coal of fossilized dead forests. Alternative sources of energy to generate electricity are available.

We also have the option to prevent the destruction of the living forests - and their associated ecosystems - that produce much of the oxygen that humans and other organisms need to exist. The carbon in coal can also be used to make other common clean... More →
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Alabama Graphite Corp. announced the results of a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for its 100%-owned flagship Coosa Graphite Project located in east-central Alabama, U.S. The PEA technical report was prepared pursuant to Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) by the independent engineering firm AGP Mining Consultants Inc. (AGP) of Barrie, Ontario, in conjunction with Metal Mining Consultants Inc. of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Co-authors of the PEA and authors of the Coosa Graphite Project updated Mineral Resource Estimate technical... More →
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Kristin Majcher reports that scientists have been studying ways to use nanotubes in computers for years, but the material has proved difficult to work with. The hallmark of advancement in the electronics industry has been the ability to squeeze more and more transistors onto computer chips. But as the chips have become denser, it has become trickier to make their tiniest features with the traditional method, photolithography, in which light is used to etch patterns.

By 2020, the smallest features on chips could be as minuscule as five nanometers, down from 14 nanometers today. That... More →
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Jae-Hwang Lee, et al., at Rice University in Houston, Texas, report that multilayer graphene is an exceptional anisotropic material due to its layered structure composed of two-dimensional carbon lattices. Although the intrinsic mechanical properties of graphene have been investigated at quasi-static conditions, its behavior under extreme dynamic conditions has not yet been studied.

They reported on the high-strain-rate behavior of multilayer graphene over a range of thicknesses from 10 to 100 nanometers by using miniaturized ballistic tests. Tensile stretching of the membrane into... More →
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Eagle Graphite Incorporated owns one of only two natural flake graphite production facilities located in North America. The Black Crystal quarry and processing plant, 35 km west of Nelson, British Columbia,just north of the Washington border, is production-ready with permits and a 5-year quarry plan in place.

The Black Crystal facility is the only graphite producer operating in the burgeoning electric vehicle market of western North America. The quarry host material is naturally well-suited to low-energy, low environmental impact processing that in turn produces high-purity graphite... More →
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Total may not equal sum of components because of independent rounding. Bituminous and Lignite Total includes bituminous coal, subbituminous coal, and lignite, and Anthracite Total includes Pennsylvania anthracite. The States in the Appalachian Region are Alabama, Eastern Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Interior Region States are Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Western Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Western Region States are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakot... More →
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