Mine-to-Green-Energy-Markets Business Strategy
ALABAMA GRAPHITE CORP’S BUSINESS STRATEGY IS UNIQUE IN THE GRAPHITE DEVELOPMENT SPACE
The market growth for graphite comes from lithium-ion batteries — and it is not just about electric vehicles anymore. Graphite demand will be driven by residential, commercial and utility-scale battery (green-energy) applications, in addition to the electrification of automotive.
Alabama Graphite Corp’s intent is to commence small-scale mining and primary processing operations in Alabama and, subsequently, divert 100% of primary production to secondary processing, specialty-graphite production (coated spherical graphite or ‘CSPG’) for use in lithium-ion batteries.
The Company’s Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) is based entirely on diverting all primary production of graphite to specialty CSPG graphite to address the burgeoning lithium-ion battery industry.
Primary & Secondary Graphite Processing
To Produce Coated Spherical Graphite (CSPG) for Lithium-ion batteries
Alabama Graphite Corp’s CSPG development initiatives include:
Low-temperature Thermal Purification
Testing in Lithium-ion Batteries
Scale to Produce in Kilogram Quantities
The Production Process to Manufacture CSPG for Li-ion Batteries
AGC management is of the opinion that conventional flake graphite development companies will likely continue to face challenges because the market for conventional unfinished graphite concentrate outside of China is stagnant. As markets have indicated, there is not a great deal of demand for tens of thousands of more tonnes of primary processed graphite concentrate per annum. AGC management is of the opinion that the conventional business model for flake graphite development companies (intending to produce traditional, run-of-mine graphite concentrate of various flake sizes and purities) has become generally unrealistic and unsupportable for the foreseeable future due to a lack of demand. This is due to a downturn in the steel industry (the primary demand driver for flake graphite concentrate), current oversupply in the market, and a fragile global market that may not be able to readily absorb significant amounts of additional supply of unfinished graphite concentrate.