Monday, 3 August 2015

Lithium Technology: 6 Ways The Tesla Powerwall Is Changing The Energy Landscape.

  Maria Ramos gives a very good structural overview of the disruptive technology based on lithium storage for the auto-industry and utilities. Solar is getting the cheapest energy source in U.S already and this Solar club includes Warren Buffett, Apple and Elon Musk. Lithium storage opens new ways of generation and distributing energy and provides the real energy security for the centuries to come. Lithium is the key strategic commodity for this rEVolution of transportation and energy sectors. You can find more information for your research on the links below.


Elon Musk And Tesla's CTO JB Straubel Share Their Vision On Energy. 

"Elon Musk and JB Straubel speak at the Edison Electric Institute annual convention in New Orleans about Tesla’s role and vision for electric energy. Elon responds boldly to the defamatory LA Times article and doesn't mince his words, calling them assholes. Pure bliss."

  Elon Musk will make sure that everybody will drive electric cars in the future powered by Solar Power. International Lithium and our partners Ganfeng Lithium will make sure that we have enough lithium to make this dream happen.


  How to achieve the explosive growth like International Lithium's strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium? You need to have the largest auto-market in the world, "War on Pollution" and state-level support for the new strategic industry - electric cars. After Tesla Gigafactory, LG Chem, BYD, Foxconn, Boston Power and A123 are building their own Megafactories. New automakers, like Guanzhou Auto in China are moving now into electric space with announcements almost every month. International Lithium is building strategic supply chain for Ganfeng Lithium, our J/V in Ireland and Argentina are financed by Ganfeng and now we are receiving results.

Tesla Gigafactories: Is There Enough Lithium to Maintain the Growth of the Lithium-Ion Battery Market?

 Elon Musk talks about "hundreds of Gigafactories to come" and other lithium batteries players are building their own Megafactories today. Tam Hunt brings the hot industry subject to the headlines. The short answer is: Yes, we have enough Lithium potentially in the world for electrification of all our transportation. But in order to get it as the raw material ready to be used we have to invest hundreds of millions of dollars and years to build this supply chain. The security of supply of lithium is taking the central stage for the main battery grade lithium producers. 
  The drama is that the demand is coming when junior miners are cut off the capital they need to develop the new projects. That is why International Lithium is very well positioned to participate in this trend with the financing of our lithium J/V projects by Chinese giant Ganfeng Lithium. Lithium supply issues are hitting headlines now and our results are coming from our exploration programs these days. You can find more information from lithium industry insiders on the supply issues on this blog.

"Mr. Kirill Klip, President, International Lithium Corp. comments, "We are very excited with the ability to continue to advance our projects to the next level through our partnership with Ganfeng Lithium. Recent announcements, by General Motors regarding the commencement of production of the battery-electric Bolt and Tesla with the ongoing construction of the Gigafactory and launch of the Model X, are strong indicators that the electric car is not only here to stay, but is the way of the future. As a result lithium will be a key ingredient in our daily lives and ILC will be ready to meet the demand for this raw and critical material."

"Mr. Kirill Klip, President, International Lithium Corp. comments, "We are excited to begin another round of drilling at Avalonia in Ireland. Ganfeng Lithium - the leading lithium materials producer from China is financing the development of our JV projects in Ireland and Argentina. There is strong growth in the lithium industry right now. We are taking the necessary steps to meet the increased demand and source the raw materials required for our partner's lithium products and create a supply chain to ultimately achieve the goal of building a vertically integrated lithium business."

"Mr. Kirill Klip, President, International Lithium Corp. comments, " We are very pleased to begin another round of exploration on the Mariana lithium-potash brine project in Argentina. The project is wholly owned together with our strategic partner, Ganfeng Lithium. Our project is unique to other lithium brine projects in many ways. Firstly, our joint venture owns the mineral rights to the entire Salar de Llullaillaco, which has high potassium to lithium ratio; therefore it may provide a significant credit to the cost of lithium extraction. Secondly, our strategic partner possesses the technology and facilities to analyze the brine chemistry and develop a metallurgical extraction process. Our current program will provide us with enough information to design and plan the next phase of exploration and development as we move toward conducting feasibility studies.

The concurrent exploration programs on the Mariana and Avalonia properties demonstrate we have not deviated from our original plan to produce lithium from multiple sources and deposit types. The lithium industry is heating up right now and our diversified portfolio and partnership with Ganfeng Lithium give us a strong foundation to build upon. I am excited to see things moving ahead and look forward to reporting the results of our programs to our investors in the near future."

International Lithium Corp. Updates on Drilling Programs in Argentina and Ireland.

"Mr. Kirill Klip, President, International Lithium Corp. comments, "We are highly encouraged by what we are learning about the thick brine aquifers at Mariana. We look forward to completing the pump test which will give us a sense of the potential productivity of wells in these aquifers and we are confident that our plan to acquire these key preliminary hydrological results prior to a mineral resource estimation is both an expeditious and cost effective approach toward an initial production assessment."

Gary Schellenberg, CEO and Executive Chairman, notes that "Success in the initial drilling program by intersecting pegmatites under cover confirms the exploration strategy and methods we are applying in the Avalonia project. This gives us confidence as we move ahead with plans to test both new and historical targets we are developing along the lithium belt."

International Lithium And Ganfeng Lithium: "The End Of The Lithium 'Big 3'.

  "Joe Lowry has published a very interesting article about the lithium market, major producers and rising Chinese powerhouses in lithium industry. You can find now more details on International Lithium strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium. Apple Electric iCar and Warren Buffet BYD move into energy storage to chase Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory bring Lithium back onto the radar screens of investors now. Read more."


6 Ways The Tesla Powerwall Is Changing The Energy Landscape.

By Maria Ramos

Elon Musk has been working hard to drive widespread adoption of solar power through Tesla Motors and SolarCity. With growing car sales at Tesla and an increasing number of homeowners taking advantage of no-money-down solar leases from SolarCity, things look rosy for the future of solar tech. Now that Tesla has released the Powerwall home battery, the energy market could see serious disruption--to the benefit of ordinary individuals and the environment.

1. Powerwall will take homes and businesses off the grid

A traditional drawback of solar energy is that it isn’t available around the clock, since it can only be generated during daylight hours and depends upon favorable weather conditions. The Powerwall battery changes that by enabling energy to be stored up when the sun is shining brightly and then consumed later, even when solar panels aren’t operating. This means users won’t need to rely on old-school electricity suppliers since they’ll be able to tap into their stored solar energy at any time.
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2. Traditional utility companies will have to change their ways

Some utility firms, eying the growing market share of solar power, are trying to fight back. A few companies have begun charging customers a fee if they have solar equipment installed at their properties. Hitherto, these homeowners have had little choice but to cough up the dough because they needed to rely on the energy company even if they used solar panels. The Powerwall (and similar storage batteries) may make going off the grid completely a realistic option for some homeowners that have sufficient solar capacity, so these suppliers will have to come up with more innovative and fair ways of making money.
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3. Solar energy could be cheaper and more accessible than expected

The Powerwall currently comes in two models that cost $3,000 and $3,500. These price points, about the same as that of a decade-old used car, could be out of range of many buyers. However, Tesla’s planned Gigafactory intends to produce more lithium-ion battery units in 2020 than were produced in the entire world in 2013. Economies of scale will almost certainly drive the per-unit price down significantly.
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4. Transition from niche technology to mass market

The combination of solar leases, the declining costs of solar tech and the time-shifting capabilities of the Powerwall could take solar power to a whole new level of mainstream adoption. With recent developments, we could see a swath of individuals and businesses jumping on board this form of renewable energy. Solar electrical generation seems to be advancing exponentially, and at the current pace of adoption, we’re just six doublings away from using solar for all humanity’s energy demands.
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5. Fossil fuels could be a thing of the past

According to Arch Coal and Ohio Gas, every megawatt that’s produced with solar represents the replacement of a megawatt produced through burning polluting coal and oil. Which means as solar usage grows, unclean forms of energy production will eventually fall by the wayside. Just as burning wood in the industrial world has become an outmoded, inefficient form of generating power, so too may coal and oil see their heyday relegated to the pages of history books.
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6. Tesla could change international energy markets

Although much of the focus on the Powerwall centers on its impact in the United States and other developed economies, the true benefits of the battery could come in less advanced countries. China and India, with more than two billion people combined, have already made significant commitments to solar energy generation. If the Powerwall is eventually available in these and other growing nations, it could enhance the efficiency of renewable power-generation facilities that are only now coming online.
The Powerwall battery represents a major improvement in solar technology. Now that solar power can be economically stored and used later on, one of its largest drawbacks has been mitigated. As production ramps up and costs drop, we could see solar becoming the leading form of energy generation over the coming decades with concomitant positive consequences for the natural environment.
Image of solar panels and Elon Musk via Shutterstock (1,2); all others via Tesla Motors

About the author:

Maria Ramos is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Communication. She blogs about environmentally friendly tips, technological advancements, and healthy active lifestyles."