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Guess Who Controls 80% Of The World's Next Wonder Material
Business Insider ^ | 07/12/2011 | The Daily Reckoning

Posted on 07/12/2011 7:06:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Cheap solar panels. The most powerful transistors ever. Even the ability to make a fighter jet invisible.

Each of these breakthroughs has been announced in the last two weeks. Each relies on one of the most basic elements mined from the earth. And each could line your pockets with cash if you move quickly enough.

They all involve a wonder substance called graphene. It’s made from graphite – the same stuff you find in the center of a pencil. Except graphene consists of a single layer of carbon atoms.

Let’s hopscotch through these new developments…

Researchers in India have discovered how to build solar panels using graphene – a development that could finally make widespread solar energy economical.

Graphene solar panels have several advantages over silicon solar panels – starting with a better ability to absorb light. The problem is that up to now, they’ve been a lot more expensive – because the graphene requires other materials to move the electrons around just right.

The Indian scientists put two and two together. They realized that you can also build solar panels using “quantum dots” – microscopic quantities of particles like cadmium or lead. The problem with that is that cadmium and lead are highly toxic.

So…they wondered…what if they built “graphene quantum dots”?

SNIP

“China controls 80% of the global graphite market – just like China runs 97% of the world supply of rare earths. But the Chinese are running low on graphite reserves – same story as with rare earths.”

Byron’s hot on the case of a tiny company that’s sitting on a massive graphite reserve in the Canadian wilderness – 8 million tons. It can pull graphite from the ground for a cost of $400 per ton and sell it for $2,000. That’s $12.8 billion of potential

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: graphene; solarenergy; solarpanels; stringtheory

1 posted on 07/12/2011 7:06:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Byron’s hot on the case of a tiny company that’s sitting on a massive graphite reserve in the Canadian wilderness – 8 million tons. It can pull graphite from the ground for a cost of $400 per ton and sell it for $2,000.

Yeah. Thanks for the heads up on the name of that tiny company so we can invest in it, Byron.

Jerk.

2 posted on 07/12/2011 7:09:44 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

It never occurred to me that this stuff needed to be mined. I thought you manufactured it. There is no process to make graphene?


3 posted on 07/12/2011 7:11:24 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Another Canadian company that has found “riches” in places others haven’t?

The name “Bre-X” comes to mind...


4 posted on 07/12/2011 7:14:53 AM PDT by BB62
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To: DManA

“There is no process to make graphene?”

Graphene can be mechanically exfoliated from highly oriented graphite, however the sample sizes are small. Chemical vapor deposition is a more common method, though grain sizes (and hence electrical conductivity) varies greatly with process and cooling rates. Other methods are being pioneered at The University of Texas, which has the best lab in the world for graphene research (though one at Purdue and one in Korea are also excellent).


5 posted on 07/12/2011 7:17:39 AM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: SeekAndFind

but before you panic,

rare earths are plentiful within several meters on the ocean floor all around the earth.


6 posted on 07/12/2011 7:21:34 AM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: SeekAndFind

So then grahpene is a natural form of carbon nanotubes?


7 posted on 07/12/2011 7:22:54 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Texas Eagle

I believe they’re talking about FCSMF.

Focus Metals


8 posted on 07/12/2011 7:24:51 AM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: All

“Cheap solar panels.”

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Cheap? Who cares if they are still embarrassingly inefficient.

No thanks, if given a choice I’ll still take unfashionable petroleum, coal and natural gas reserves over “hip” new materials.


9 posted on 07/12/2011 7:25:29 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy

Not me, being able to make my own personal, endless electricity at home would be a dream come true.


10 posted on 07/12/2011 7:56:34 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: Texas Eagle
Byron’s hot on the case of a tiny company that’s sitting on a massive graphite reserve in the Canadian wilderness – 8 million tons. It can pull graphite from the ground for a cost of $400 per ton and sell it for $2,000.

Pump and dump.

I'd like to know the company so I can short it.

Truth is, these types of narratives work.

11 posted on 07/12/2011 8:04:41 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: ansel12

If they were attractive, Solar roofing shingles and solar siding would pretty much take care of my electrical needs with a battery back up system. If not enough power, I could build a screened in shade/shelter house.


12 posted on 07/12/2011 8:05:42 AM PDT by listenhillary (Social Justice is the epitome of injustice.)
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To: Texas Eagle
Yeah. Thanks for the heads up on the name of that tiny company so we can invest in it, Byron.

Jerk.


No kidding. But I have lots of faith in the left when it comes to destroying prosperity. No doubt the valuable things found there will be deemed to be bad for the earff in some way.
13 posted on 07/12/2011 8:17:11 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: ansel12

“Not me, being able to make my own personal, endless electricity at home would be a dream come true.”

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Good.

You’ll let me know when that is even in the ballpark of being a remotely viable option, then?


14 posted on 07/12/2011 8:19:50 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: SeekAndFind

You have got to see this! Unbelievable....a printer that prints in 3-d. Shows a wrench complete and usable after printing it...astounding really! Video has over 2 million hits already. So just print a solar pannel?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw&feature=youtu.be


15 posted on 07/12/2011 8:22:40 AM PDT by caww
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To: SeekAndFind
just like China runs 97% of the world supply of rare earths

The reason for that is not because they HAVE more. This stuff is everywhere. It actually is not 'rare'. But it is hard to extract. And since China does not give a rat's patooty about pollution they can extract it cheaper than anyone else.
16 posted on 07/12/2011 8:23:55 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the stupidest article in the world.

Graphene is CARBON. Comes from graphite ... which is ABUNDANT.


17 posted on 07/12/2011 8:28:56 AM PDT by WOSG (Herman Cain for President)
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To: EyeGuy

It already is for those that can afford solar, make it a lot cheaper and I will be in hog heaven as I power all of my luxurious heating and cooling and lighting that I want in my own little personal paradise, without have to worry about catastrophes, national emergencies, and personal income fluctuations.


18 posted on 07/12/2011 8:38:13 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The author is partially correct in that China controls 80% of these this mineral but is being deceptive in failing to point out that the USA has more than enough of this material within our own country. We just don’t have access to it because of the EPA and Enviro-Nazis and their liberal, Democrat servants in Congress.

As it stands now, the regulations currently on the books make it too damn expensive to mine for rare earth minerals (including graphite)in the USA. Mining companies and investors are interested in making a profit. Minimal profit on their investment combined with the huge potential for outrageous lawsuits due to ridiculous regulations forces these companies to go elsewhere. Thus, now we are forced to depend on the Chinese for more than just loaning us money.


19 posted on 07/12/2011 8:52:31 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: ansel12

The simple fact that it is still too expensive means that it is still not even close to being a viable option in the vast majority of situations.

Personally, I too would like my own personal quiet and clean little cold fusion reactor purring away in my basement.

What we would like, and what is dictated by efficiencies, technologies and economics are two very different things.


20 posted on 07/12/2011 8:55:25 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy
Cheap? Who cares if they are still embarrassingly inefficient.
No thanks, if given a choice I’ll still take unfashionable petroleum, coal and natural gas reserves over “hip” new materials.

Your complaint wasn't price, I see a lot of solar here in Southern California, as it becomes cheaper more and more of us will jump on it. I love it, the idea that I can move to the boonies and have my own self produced power plant is fantastic.

The idea that I can live in the desert and run the air conditioner all day, worry free, is fantastic.

21 posted on 07/12/2011 9:10:18 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: listenhillary

I’m on the low end economically so I will never have whole house solar, but for me having an affordable 1000 watts available would mean AC in the summer, and an all day 1000 watt electric heater in the winter, for an affordable one time purchase, that would be a huge luxury for people in small homes, with modest incomes.

Some of us, especially self employed, prefer splurging for a one time purchase with long term, worry free benefits, to extrapolating figures over a 30 year period.

The piece of mind in having a certain level of dependable electricity guaranteed is hard to put a price on.


22 posted on 07/12/2011 9:20:06 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: ansel12

“Your complaint wasn’t price...”

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Yes it was.

Efficiency is all about price.

The desert might be the ONLY place that solar makes sense even IF the hardware becomes cheaper, ON ITS OWN in the free market.

It is absolutely unworkable here in the midwest, even if I VERY expensively covered my entire roof with state of the art solar technology.

And I have a very large roof surface area.


23 posted on 07/12/2011 9:37:40 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy
Cheap? Who cares if they are still embarrassingly inefficient. No thanks, if given a choice I’ll still take unfashionable petroleum, coal and natural gas reserves over “hip” new materials.

Huge numbers of Americans live in vast areas of America that is perfectly suited for solar, even if new things are too "hip" for you.

24 posted on 07/12/2011 9:48:38 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: ansel12

“Huge numbers of Americans live in vast areas of America that is perfectly suited for solar, even if new things are too “hip” for you.”

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Huge numbers? Vast areas?

So why isn’t solar happening in a big way? Because it is too expensive in that it remains grossly inefficient and thus unworkable without subsidies from other areas of the economy.

Not ALL new things are too “hip” for me, just impractical technology that, in theory sounds ideal, and is shoved down our throats by those that “know better” what is best for us.

If you can make solar work in the very sunny high desert of CA, without government subsidies (ie, money out of my pocket), then by all means, Godspeed to you.


25 posted on 07/12/2011 10:01:41 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: ken21
but before you panic, rare earths are plentiful within several meters on the ocean floor all around the earth.

But Sarah Palin and others want to give the U.N. control over the seabeds - 70% of the earth's surface - through UNCLOS, or, as it is commonly known, LOST...the Law of the Sea Treaty. And the taxing authority that goes with it.

26 posted on 07/12/2011 10:08:44 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: EyeGuy
Yes, huge numbers and vast areas.

I posted to you because you said something stupid, and ever since you have kept trying to change the subject to something else.

You posted this.

Cheap? Who cares if they are still embarrassingly inefficient. No thanks, if given a choice I’ll still take unfashionable petroleum, coal and natural gas reserves over “hip” new materials.

And I posted this about if solar gets cheap. "Not me, being able to make my own personal, endless electricity at home would be a dream come true."

Your original point was that cheaper doesn't matter to you, that you want to stay on the grid, tied to the system, I disagree with your preference.

27 posted on 07/12/2011 10:17:03 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: EternalVigilance

Alan Keyes is a conman that wants to rip off gullible Americans to fund his lifestyle and ego, and he will probably be running for President in 2012.

Help us fight Alan Keyes, perennial con man.


28 posted on 07/12/2011 10:19:33 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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THEY’RE NOT DONATING MONTHLY!


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29 posted on 07/12/2011 10:22:42 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: ansel12

Buzz off, troll.


30 posted on 07/12/2011 10:24:42 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: ansel12

So, I posted the facts about Sarah Palin’s record of support for the Law of the Sea Treaty, linking to a signed letter by her as Governor of Alaska. You trollishly respond with a complete non sequitur about Alan Keyes.

So, why exactly do you want to suppress the truth about Mrs. Palin’s official stance? Are you ashamed of it? Or, do you support the Law of the Sea Treaty as well?


31 posted on 07/12/2011 10:29:04 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Please don’t make personal attacks.


32 posted on 07/12/2011 10:30:19 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: ansel12

You can’t deploy logic, or separate your pipe-dream desires from economic reality, so you descend into insults. So predictable.

Stated simply, even IF the individual panel hardware becomes “cheap”, the power generation process remains grossly inefficient, so where is the gain?

I have stayed on point. It is your embarrassing economic ignorance that cannot recognize the close connection between efficiency and cost, let alone the cumbersome impracticality of deploying this technology.

Your straw man argument of me desiring to “stay on the grid” isn’t even worthy of a response.

Have a nice day.


33 posted on 07/12/2011 10:32:59 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EternalVigilance

Alan Keyes will probably be a candidate for President, his effect could be profound on fund raising and knocking out the lesser candidates, Palin, Bachmann, Perry, would never stand a chance against him, yet he is only a con man, let’s all unite to stop him from destroying America by getting Obama back into the White House.


34 posted on 07/12/2011 10:33:35 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: EyeGuy

If it becomes cheap, then I want it.


35 posted on 07/12/2011 10:34:52 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: ansel12
Please don’t make personal attacks.

Says the guy who has been stalking and harrassing me from thread to thread over and attacking me personally over again for months and months.

36 posted on 07/12/2011 10:41:38 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: ansel12

I’m going to tell you one more time. Stay away from me.


37 posted on 07/12/2011 10:42:18 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: EternalVigilance

I have been on this thread for hours, and you are the only one that has made a personal attack, no one has attacked you.


38 posted on 07/12/2011 11:00:33 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: ansel12

You’ve been stalking, harrassing, and insulting me personally for months. On thread after thread after thread.

If you don’t stop I will be forced to take steps to make you stop.

It’s really easy. Simply do what I’ve asked you to do more times than I can count: Stay away from me.


39 posted on 07/12/2011 11:07:11 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Good God man, no one is stalking to you, I have been on this thread all morning, long before you got here.

Lay off the threats.


40 posted on 07/12/2011 11:28:30 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: ansel12

Stay away from me.


41 posted on 07/12/2011 11:33:26 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: ansel12; EternalVigilance

Just seemed to fit, somehow. No other comment one way or the other.

42 posted on 07/12/2011 11:38:12 AM PDT by bvw
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To: bvw

Whatever.


43 posted on 07/12/2011 11:53:52 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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To: decimon; AdmSmith; bvw; callisto; ckilmer; dandelion; ganeshpuri89; gobucks; KevinDavis; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
Researchers in India have discovered how to build solar panels using graphene -- a development that could finally make widespread solar energy economical.
Number one, graphene is carbon, it's not controlled by any nation, and number two, photovoltaic electrical generation will never make up much of a fraction of the world's entire electrical generation.

Decimon -- the graphene keyword is pretty impressive, don't ya think? :')


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44 posted on 07/12/2011 5:55:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought of pinging you to this, given your expressed insatiability for the topic.

Ooh, here’s another: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-korean-graphene-transparent-loudspeakers.html


45 posted on 07/12/2011 6:04:25 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I wish someone would use graphene to improve the jewel box.


46 posted on 07/12/2011 7:06:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SeekAndFind
this is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up. You can get the name, ticker symbol and a massively discounted membership in Byron’s premium advisory Energy & Scarcity Investor 00 but only for a few more hours. The offer expires tonight at midnight.

Aww, nuts. Missed it by two minutes.

47 posted on 07/13/2011 12:53:14 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: SunkenCiv
(hanks for the (((((Ping)))))

My wife laughed because I saved all my old Drafting Pencils and Graphite Leads I'll show her now :-)

btw I haven't forgotten about that Pyramid - concrete/granite block Thread from Monday. I'm looking for an old reference book (I throw NOTHING away re: engineering.)

48 posted on 07/13/2011 4:29:02 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: Condor51

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49 posted on 07/13/2011 6:52:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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