February 24, 2020

Graphite 101 – For Graphite Freaks of All Ages

Graphite, graphite, graphite: since graphite is all you hear about these days, are you thinking it’s time to make this resource your go-to mineral? Then you’ve come to the right place. Hi there. I’m Rick, Graphite Freak and VIP at Nouveau Monde Graphite, and I have the answers to all your graphite questions.

The energy of the future is dawning. What with lithium-ion batteries and now a world-class deposit two hours from Montreal planning the first fully electric open-pit mine in an ethically responsible and sustainable operation, you may think this is all science fiction, but believe me, it isn’t fiction. These are facts I see every day. 

So let me introduce you to graphite, my best bud and soon to be yours. #GotGraf

Graf’s got BLING! No wonder it shares the same chemical composition as diamond.

Graphite is a highly organized crystalline carbon that you can surely find a use for. My natural graphite in Saint-Michel-des-Saints has a high purity of up to 99.95%. (Sidebar: Yes, this graphite does have its share of admirers. Yes, they all want to get in on this deposit. And, yes, our graphite is publicly traded.) 

Graf’s got GAME! In its natural state, graphite is flaky. But its processed form is ready to rock. 

Picture the sheets of an old-timey telephone book and this is what the thin layers of flake graphite look like stacked on top of each other. Once spheronized, the curves of my favourite ore give it maximum energy potential. Are you looking for the magic ingredient to make batteries for the electric vehicle industry? This graf’s got it in the bag. 

 

Graf’s got POWER! Seeing someone plugging in instead of gassing up fills me with ELECTRI-gratification!

Spheronized graphite, a fave of lithium-ion battery manufacturers thanks to its electrical conductivity, is constantly getting likes in the automotive industry. Spheronized graphite is not only more powerful but also more compact. How handy, especially considering that a Tesla Model 3 needs 90 kg of graphite! 

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I’m also obsessed with graphite’s performance as a heat conductor. It melts at 3825 degrees Celsius! Compared to other metals that liquefy at plus or minus 1000 degrees, graphite can’t be beat. The metallurgical industry loves graphite’s high heat resistance for its foundries.

What’s more, unlike metals, graphite doesn’t dissolve in acids. Chemical manufacturers go gaga over its chemical resistance and use it to make gaskets.

Graf’s HERE TO STAY.

Graphite comes from the Greek word graphein, which means “to write.” This makes perfect sense, as it is one of the main components of pencil cores. For years, graphite has also been used in automotive materials. Its lubricating properties and thermal conductivity make graphite perfect for brake pads, which have to be slippery, heat-resistant and strong. Today, graphite is found in so many everyday objects, from cell phones to golf clubs. 

And if you think more broadly to the electrification of transportation, lithium-ion battery manufacturing plants, and solar panels that need batteries to store energy, Nouveau Monde Graphite’s high-purity graphite will put a smile on your face. Discovering the properties of graphite and its uses means being part of the electrical revolution.

Are you up for this carbon-neutral adventure? 

No matter who you are – investor, buyer, ore fancier or graphite freak like me – follow me so you don’t miss a thing. Want to know more? 1-833-GOT-GRAF

PS: Although a feat of human ingenuity, the gas engine has served its purpose. We can do better! Think about it: only 20% of the energy of gas goes to propel the vehicle, whereas 80% of the energy in an electric motor does. Electric rules!  

Until next time, 
Rick, Graphite Freak
Nouveau Monde Graphite VIP
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