The Mining Tech That Could Accelerate The EV Boom
Thanks to a potentially disruptive new technology, a revolution could be on the horizon in the lithium industry.
This revolution – which could see lithium production that is faster, cheaper and more environmentally friendly – would be happening at a time when demand for lithium is extraordinarily high.
With its proprietary lithium extraction technology, this company could unlock a significant amount of potential dollar value...possibly starting with their lithium exploration properties in Thunder Bay, Ontario and James Bay, Quebec.
This company – Vancouver-based Medaro Mining ( CSE:MEDA ; OTC:MEDAF ) – is currently flying beneath Wall Street's radar...but the exciting potential of its lithium extraction technology means that it may not be the case for much longer.
Global Shift to Lithium Batteries Triggers Continued Strong Demand for Lithium...for Years to Come
Lithium is now in what appears to be a long-term bull market thanks to increasing global demand.
It has become a necessary component in everything from cell phones to electric vehicles. And massive industries all around the world are transitioning to lithium batteries simultaneously.
This historic shift to lithium batteries could make continued strong demand a virtual certainty.
In fact, the experts at Macquarie Group Limited have stated that,“the lithium market is likely to be in a perpetual deficit. As a result, lithium prices are expected to continue to rise.”
And this forecast was echoed by Credit Suisse who said ,“Lithium prices have risen sharply since February and we do not believe it is temporary.”
Credit Suisse went on to predict that lithium demand might triple by 2025 from 2020 levels.
This red-hot bull market for lithium – along with the expected strong demand for years to come – may create exciting opportunities for investors.
One opportunity comes in the form of little-known Medaro Mining ( CSE:MEDA ; OTC:MEDAF ) , a company that is looking to develop a proprietary lithium extraction technology that may turn out to have great industry potential.
If Developed and Commercialized, Medaro's Unique New Technology Could Prove to Be an Industry Game-Changer
One thing many investors aren't aware of is that lithium is not a rare metal; in fact, it's the 25th most abundant element in the Earth's crust.
The problem is, however, that lithium has historically been difficult to get out of the ground.
For decades, lithium producers have been using the same outdated, inefficient, and environmentally harmful extraction methods...and only with a modest degree of success.
But Medaro could change this in a powerful way.
Medaro is working to develop a proprietary lithium extraction technology that could be faster, cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and more effective than any previous method for extracting lithium.
Lithium, of course, can be extracted from one of only two sources: brines or hard rock.
In the case of brine-sourced lithium, production typically happens in remote desert locations via a brining method that involves costly, harmful chemicals...and waiting for pools of salt water to evaporate. Once the salt water has dried up, concentrated lithium deposits are left behind.
That process can take years – with average production time running 18 months – so exploration companies that are discovering new supplies of lithium, in most cases, are very slow to bring those new supplies to market.
Medaro's process offers the prospect of cutting that production time significantly – and potentially bringing supplies to market much faster – as it looks to pioneer a potentially game-changing extraction technology.
Traditional Lithium Extraction: Brine vs. Hard Rock
Medaro Mining (CSE:MEDA ; OTC:MEDAF ) is employing a new process, known as Hard Rock Lithium Technology (HLT), aimed to be demonstrably faster than brine extraction...and significantly less expensive than traditional hard rock mining.
Medaro's thermochemical technology is designed to rapidly extract lithium from spodumene and convert it to high-purity lithium carbonate and/or lithium hydroxide...and/or lithium metal.
In addition, value-added commodity by-products can be produced including aluminum oxide and high-quality silica.
This method is compact...modular... scalable...and amendable to deployment in remote geographic locations.
A preliminary technical and economic analysis conducted by the company's joint venture partner indicates that this Hard Rock Lithium Technology is likely capable of lowering overall spodumene processing costs by 30% to 50%.
Potential Benefits of Medaro Mining Corp.'s Hard Rock Lithium Technology (HLT)
* Could produce virtually zero waste
* Could be more environmentally friendly as dual closed loop ensures solvents, leachates and precipitants are continually recycled
* Could involve lower reagent cost, lower resupply cost, no cleanup cost
* Clean and Green: The entire process could be operated electrically
* Expected to produce commercial grades and quantities of Alumina and Silica for added value sales
* The entire operation can be assembled in remote areas close to productive mines, helping reduce shipping costs
* Medaro intends to patent and license the technology to derive potential multiple, long-term revenue generation
* Could offer potential savings of between 30% and 50% compared to traditional lithium processing operations
Initial studies of this HLT predict that every tonne of concentrated spodumene could potentially deliver almost 1/5 of a tonne of Lithium Carbonate and approximately ¼ tonne of Lithium Hydroxide ready for market at battery grades.
And assuming the technology is proven and commercialized, customers might be able to situate Medaro-licensed processing facilities adjacent to their mines...allowing for faster and more cost-effective shipment of battery-grade lithium and valuable by-products directly to end-use markets.
A company that intends to offer the potential for producing higher-grade lithium more quickly – at a time when entire industries are in desperate need of it – could in our view prove to be truly disruptive...possibly even changing the industry in a huge way forever.
Simply put...solving the problem of slow, expensive, and outdated extraction techniques in the lithium industry could be worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Assuming the technology can be proved out, it is precisely why we think this company – Medaro ( CSE:MEDA ; OTC:MEDAF ) – is unlikely to fly under Wall Street's radar for much longer...the potential is just too exciting.
Two Large Exploration Properties in the Heart of Canada's Lithium Discovery Belt
In addition to its unique extraction technology, Medaro also has a pair of large exploration projects which we think have exciting potential.
These projects could not only offer significant lithium resources...they might also serve as the proving grounds for the effectiveness of the company's Hard Rock Lithium Technology.
Property #1: Cyr South Lithium Project
Medaro has acquired an option on the Cyr South Lithium Property which consists of 52 mining claims covering approximately 2,748 hectares in the James Bay area of Quebec.
The property is located just 3 kilometers to the south of Galaxy Resources' James Bay Lithium Project...a source of roughly 40.8 million tonnes of lithium.
Geologically, the property is located in the Archean Lower- Eastmain Group, constituted of volcano-sedimentary formational units and ultramafic to felsic intrusives.
The geological reports of the area indicate that pegmatite dykes generally strike WSW-ENE with dips of 60 degrees or steeper.
Property #2: Superb Lake Lithium Project
The town of Thunder Bay, located about 375 kilometers from Medaro's Superb Lake Project is the largest city in Northwestern Ontario. It's the heart of the highly active exploration and mine operations throughout the region.
Many junior exploration and mining companies are based in Thunder Bay, and the city is a source of skilled mining labor.
The Superb Lake Property is an exploration stage prospect consisting of eight mining claims totaling approximately 2,187 hectares in the O'Sullivan Lake / Maun Lake Area.
The results of four samples taken from spodumene-rich samples on the property indicate lithium oxide (Li2O) values in the range of 1.77 percent (%) to 4.03%.
Bottom Line: We Think Medaro Mining ( CSE:MEDA ; OTC:MEDAF ) Could One Day Change Lithium Extraction Forever
* The lithium market is in the early stages of a long-term growth phase, thanks to the global shift to lithium batteries. Experts are predicting that demand for lithium could triple by 2025.
* Traditional sources of lithium extraction have proven to be slow, expensive, and environmentally harmful in many cases. Now Medaro Mining Corp. could bring to market a new extraction method that we think could bring significant disruption to the lithium industry.
* The company's Hard Rock Lithium Technology (HLT) could potentially cut production time significantly...slash production costs by as much as 50%...produce valuable by-products...and be much more environmentally friendly than traditional extraction methods.
* Solving the problems of the slow, expensive and outdated extraction techniques that have held back the lithium industry could bring substantial rewards...and that's why, if their technology is proved out and commercialized, we think Medaro could receive a great deal of attention.
* In addition to its potentially game-changing technology, Medaro has a pair of exciting exploration properties – including one that sits just 3 kilometers south of a major lithium source consisting of over 40 million tonnes.
* Both of Medaro's lithium exploration projects are located in mining-friendly regions that possess excellent infrastructure... access to a skilled, experienced labor force... and inexpensive nearby hydroelectric power.
Other companies to watch as lithium prices continue to surge:
Blackberry Limited (NYSE:BB, ) is a company that is distinctly aware of how important lithium is to the future of technology. While it has pivoted away from its iconic cell phones of yesteryear, it is still very much involved in the industry. From its high-profile partnerships with the likes of Amazon and more, to its key posturing in the Internet of Things explosion, BlackBerry is a great stock that could be trading at a relative discount compared to some of its peers.
BlackBerry recently launched a new research and development arm called BlackBerry Advvanced Technology Labs. Charles Eagan, BlackBerry CTO.“Today's cybersecurity industry is rapidly advancing and BlackBerry Labs will operate as its own business unit solely focused on innovating and developing the technologies of tomorrow that will be necessary for our sustained competitive success, from A to Z; Artificial Intelligence to Zero-Trust environments.
Though BlackBerry has seen some increased volatility in recent weeks due to its popularity among Redditors, the company has a lot of potential in the long term, and will likely remain as one of Canada's premiere tech firms for years to come.
Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (NYSE:TRQ, ) is a key player in Canada's resource and mineral industry. It is a major producer of coal and zinc, two resources with distinctly different futures. While headlines are already touting the end of coal, zinc is a mineral that will play a key role in the future of energy for years and years to come.
In addition to its zinc operations, Turquoise Hill is also a significant producer of Uranium. Uranium is a key material in the production of nuclear energy, which many analysts are suggesting could be a major component in the global transition to cleaner energy. While the mineral has not seen significant price action in recent years, there are a number of new projects set to come online across the globe in the medium term, which could be a boon to Turquoise Hill, especially as alternative energies gain traction in the marketplace.
Orocobre () has had some serious problems in the past, and its stock price has fallen significantly from January 2018 highs. The company's flagship project is the Salar de Olaroz lithium project located in the Jujuy province of northern Argentina.
Despite the fact that EV makers are using some 76% more lithium to produce battery packs this year, Orocobre's CEO Perez de Solay voiced concern about price volatility and with it the increasing difficulty to find financing for new products.
Magna International () was already making major moves in the battery market over a decade ago, investing over half a billion dollars in battery production while the market was still in its infancy. At the time, electric vehicles as we know them had barely hit the scene, with Tesla launching its premiere car just two years prior.
Magna's massive investment has paid if in a big way, however. Since its battery bet, the company has seen its valuation soar by tens of billions of dollars, and it has solidified itself as one of the leaders in the business.
The Descartes Systems Group Inc. () is a Canadian multinational technology company specializing in logistics software, supply chain management software, and cloud-based services for logistics businesses. Recently, Descartes announced that it has successfully deployed its advanced capacity matching solution, Descartes MacroPoint Capacity Matching. The solution provides greater visibility and transparency within their network of carriers and brokers. This move could solidify the company as a key player in transportation logistics which is essential-and-often-overlooked in the mitigation of rising carbon emissions.
By. Tom Kool
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