Gratomic: Our Difference, Commercial Scalability and ALD Technologies
Arno Brand & Armando Farhate – Gratomic
Arno Brand and Armando Farhate of Gratomic present an in-depth exploration on the operation of Gratomic, including what sets the Company apart, our process and our future use of Forge Nano’s ALD coating technology.
0:00:08 My name is Arnold Brand. I am the president and CEO of Gratomic graphite. I am pleased to have the 0:00:14 opportunity today to present to you our company and our unique strategy and innovative approach that 0:00:21 we have taken to develop our flagship Abbas at the outcome graphite mine in Namibia Atomic is an 0:00:28 eight year venture experiencing overnight success after resurgence of commodity markets of late, 0:00:34 primarily being driven by the worldwide effort of electrification of the automotive industry and 0:00:41 green energy incentive by the G seven coming out of one of the longest commodity drives polls the 0:00:48 market has seen in the past decade. The outcome graphic project consists of roughly 1416 square 0:00:57 kilometres of exploration and mining licences of which the outcome graphic mine located on M. L. 215 0:01:02 makes up the company's flagship, assess the outcome. Graphic project is a high grade crystalline 0:01:08 acid Asset reclassified as a vein graphic project in 2013, after an investigation of hydrothermal 0:01:16 origin and thorough isotopic analysis. The average grade of the outcome graphite ranges between 0:01:22 19-90% graphite is carbon with an average grade of roughly 42.9%. c.g. The project is located 200 km 0:01:30 from the port of Widgets Bay. They just pay is a deep sea container terminal with ample capacity. 0:01:37 Facilitating an optimum means of transporting outcome graphite internationally. Atomic is currently 0:01:43 in its final stages of dry commissioning and anticipates that the company will progress towards wet 0:01:48 commissioning short. Okay, my name is Armando Far Hottie. I am the ceo of great comic and I will now 0:01:57 take some time to explain to you why having the outcome asset is so important for platonic as Arnold 0:02:07 has already mentioned. The key point is hybrid, high grade is a feature of the uh same graphite 0:02:16 everywhere where banker fighters found. But the difference is that the atomic has been the only 0:02:21 company that is actually taking a bhangra fight to an industrial scale exploration phase. This is 0:02:28 happening in our welcome I am site in Namibia. Namibia is mining friendly jurisdiction. So it is a 0:02:37 country where you can actually make things happen. We have a very good team of local workers and 0:02:44 managers and also high level directors with a lot of experience and the graphite mining and 0:02:53 exploration that is supporting the commissioning phase of our project which is good as planets so 0:02:59 far. So we are moving towards having this unique vein graphite processing plant up and operational 0:03:07 banking another year. As I'm not mentioned, why is it such a big advantage to have high grade the 0:03:14 drink graphite offers to us? Because that means that you have a lot of, a lot less cost evolved from 0:03:21 the mining to the end product. Because when you have uh an hour with a high grade, you have to 0:03:28 transport a lot less material to carry the same amount of carbon. That is uh the basis of graphite 0:03:34 into the plant. So you save a lot on the actual mining and blasting and transporting to the site. 0:03:42 And then also when you run this with you through the plant as you already have a much higher grade, 0:03:47 you are allowed to design a process that is simpler, faster, more energy efficient. And this is what 0:03:54 we have done and we have to make discussed and design of our processing plant that allows us to 0:04:00 raise the carbon level of the graphite to commercial levels uh with very little intervention 0:04:07 compared to traditional uhh graphite from disseminated flick. Another important difference that we 0:04:15 take advantage of having bhangra find is that the type of impurities not just the quantity which is 0:04:20 smaller, that means higher grade but the type of increases that we find now it's the level of the 0:04:26 materials impurities that could, for example, cause a problem on the technical chemistry performance 0:04:33 of a battery is much lower. We have lost less, especially metal impurities in the graphite. That 0:04:39 means that we will manage to, in a sustainable way produce better grade graphite with processes that 0:04:47 are much less intrusive to the environment and also less costly at the end of the day. So all that 0:04:54 will allow us to to to harvest the advantage of having uh an industrial scale of in graphite mine in 0:05:01 operation the electric vehicle market is exploding with new battery gigafactory is under 0:05:07 construction on almost every continent, with such such rapid expansion occurring in the industry. We 0:05:13 expect to see significant supply chain bottlenecks experienced by manufacturers. Great Tomic has 0:05:20 designed its on site vein graphic processing facility to accommodate rapid expansion to meet growing 0:05:27 market demand. In addition to providing desirable quantities of graphite atomics outcome. Graphic 0:05:34 project in Namibia offers the highest quality graphite on the market, processed on site using water 0:05:41 and patented air classification technology. A graphic is ethically sourced and environmentally 0:05:46 friendly. This process is supplemented by a finishing programme that is 2nd to none. Great Atomic is 0:05:53 currently in the development phase of its own graphic finishing facility. In the port of the display 0:05:59 Where the air classified vein graphic will be taken from 99% plus c.g. To better at great levels of 0:06:07 99.99%. The facility will accommodate Micron Ization, swear in Ization and the final fortunato 0:06:16 patented L. D. Coating. 0:06:20 So if we think about the value chain throughout the process which we are vertically integrating for 0:06:27 our outcome site, it all starts on what we call mineral procurement. That is the phase where we 0:06:36 actually go and collect the material, struck the material from the earth's crust. And then how come 0:06:44 we will do that by an Open Pete technique which is much simpler than underground mining today. The 0:06:52 process that is being used for this non commercial van Griffin's in other places in the way our 0:06:59 graphic is set up will allow us to explore in an open pete which is much more efficient, less costly 0:07:06 and safer. True. Bring the material from the earth's crust to the processing plant. Then the 0:07:13 processing facility is very simple one as I mentioned based on on kneeling and uh water and their 0:07:23 classification treatments that will separate the graphite the carbon from the gang material. And 0:07:32 This pretty much consuming just some electricity. And uh, the water will be recycled to up to 95% of 0:07:40 it, which is very important in a deserted area as we are as we are in outcome. So we are using 0:07:46 minimal resources to bring this material up to the, to the commercial required grades. And another 0:07:57 phases of this value chamber. Many times it's overlooked is transportation. There are projects 0:08:04 announced themselves as very low cost graphite projects very efficient, but it turns out they are 6, 0:08:12 700 kilometers 1000 kilometres from the nearest port. And then the, the carbon that you don't spend 0:08:20 to produce the graphite you spend on, On fuel, on the transportation. Uh, in the case of how come we 0:08:26 are exactly 200 km from the part of the utterance. As I mentioned before, it's a suitable part for a 0:08:33 container shipment as a deep sea port and the roads that lead from outcome to do that. It's a very 0:08:41 nice roads in good state of preservation. Part of it is gravel roads but in a very good quality and 0:08:49 most most of it is actually very well paved roads. And uh, this means that will optimize the 0:08:57 transportation costs and environmental impact caused by the transportation. Then there is a final 0:09:04 step that discography finishing and this will take place at Letters Bay. We have a facility there, 0:09:09 there is actually at the board and in this facility will make the mic realization which is a process 0:09:15 that will break the graphite to smaller particles suited for the battery grave. Then this Foreign 0:09:23 ization process, which actually shapes the graphite into small potato ships which is are suitable to 0:09:31 receive the little ill when the battery is charging. And uh after that will also apply this uh 0:09:39 unique patented processes of atomic layer deposition that will allow us to enhance the 0:09:47 electrochemical properties of the graphite to benchmark it was on bettering great. And finally uh 0:09:55 the distribution will be facilitated by simply begging those uh those battery, great graphite 0:10:03 materials at the part of the debates and shipping them through that portrait of different locations 0:10:08 where the global O. E. M. S. Who received them and apply them in their batteries and ends. Mhm. Okay. 0:10:16 The old coating process aims to improve the performance of graphite and lithium ion batteries, 0:10:21 outcomes high purity, even graphic is already acceptable in most conventional applications. The 0:10:27 company considers the additional Fortunato's LD process as an opportunity to even further elevate 0:10:33 the electrochemical properties of a pristine graphic to have it outperform any potential other 0:10:39 source of graphite in the industry. With that in mind for atomic may still be able to apply the L. D. 0:10:44 Coating to other non battery great products that would benefit from the technology and not incur 0:10:49 extra costs to the end user as the company will control the entire production chain. This could mean 0:10:55 a better product that outperforms our peers and an extremely competitive price. So regarding the 0:11:03 product uh Atomic has the liberty to develop a product that will best suit each one of the customers 0:11:10 that we are targeting. We have of course, focusing our efforts and the battery market as it's the 0:11:19 largest grow growing market that we expect your face in the future. And we already have an initial 0:11:28 uh battery grade what we call S. G. 16 which is great. That is micron is it? It's fair in eyes it 0:11:35 and can be also coated with a L. D. With automatic uh atomic layer deposition for the battery 0:11:42 application. I say it may be because they are not depending on what the customer wants to do on what 0:11:48 specifically he needs to uh perform with that material in there a note. But the base grade is this 0:11:56 is this is a micro miser and ceremonies it and maybe quoted or not. This can be customized to 0:12:03 different particle sizes depending on the need of the customers. Usually different types of 0:12:09 batteries for example for vehicles or for handheld devices. They require different particle sizes 0:12:16 and this all can be customized within our process. We have also developed some specifications that 0:12:24 will serve better other markets. For example, we have a high grade specification that can serve very 0:12:31 well. The markets of foil, refractory, graphene heat insulation fuel cell. This is a very high grade 0:12:40 material that doesn't require the specific rework that battery grade requires in terms of uh 0:12:48 Micronesian and shaping. Uh We also, we can also produce and we have prepared a technical data sheet 0:12:55 for that, a material with a slightly lower had grade that can serve as a precursor for deleting wire. 0:13:05 If we have customers that decide that they want to process the final stages of the, of deleting my 0:13:11 own battery bring themselves, we can supply this as a precursor for this material and this can be a 0:13:19 very flexible material that applies to many other applications as well. For example, for lubricants 0:13:24 were about an allergy. I can be used on a flame retardant market, so it's it's pretty much a junker 0:13:33 on the on this action to work. That's something that can be apply two very different applications. 0:13:40 We have not forgotten though, the more traditional application markets. So we have developed uh an 0:13:47 even lower great that we can produce, focusing on the markets that require large practical sizes. 0:13:55 Like for example, the factory is the primarily market that requires high grade that is not so high 0:14:02 but with large particle size. Also, it's very suitable for heat insulation for producing expandable 0:14:11 graphite that we produce the city installation. Uh sorry, this flame retardant material for 0:14:19 construction and also for the heat insulation market to be applied together with styrofoam and uh 0:14:25 reduce the cost and the amount of material needed for isolating constructions. And then of course as 0:14:35 any battery production will always have a lower grade that comes out at the end of the back end of 0:14:42 our process that can be used for many, many different applications which is below 1990% graphite. 0:14:51 And this can serve multiple purposes on the spectrum of product branches. 0:15:02 As previously outlined, our battery, great graphite materials can be utilized in a wide range of 0:15:07 products, allowing for significant commercial scalability. Mhm. On top of the innate scalability and 0:15:15 versatility of our graphite. Products expansion and development of Belligerence facility. Yeah. Will 0:15:22 allow the company to more easily disseminate set products quickly and easily around the globe with 0:15:28 little friction and maximum efficiency, lowering costs and enabling larger revenue streams. Yeah. 0:15:36 Yeah. So for those of you that like to go deeper into the technical details, this is a quick 0:15:42 comparison of the bhangra, find that the atomic bring into the market in a for the first time in an 0:15:52 industrialized scale versus the flake graphite, which is what is currently in the market already 0:15:58 mentioned before that the big differences are the carbon content or head grade wherever you want to 0:16:04 call it. And you can see that vein graphite Can have very high up to 90%. Uh Great. And maybe this 0:16:15 is the reason why so far people have not focused on producing it commercially. People end up 0:16:21 exploring it uh many times by hand are visually trying to focus on only extracting the veins 0:16:29 themselves and keeping this high purity. And if you see what how comes doing, we are betting on an 0:16:36 average grade that will be 40%. Because we will accept a delusion which is when we have high, high 0:16:44 carbon content vein mix it with some gang that will reduce the head grade after all. But it makes it 0:16:51 much, much easier and faster for you to mine it. And then of course we recovered that had great back 0:16:58 on down the processing plant. So here we will clearly still be far ahead of a typical disseminated 0:17:04 flake. Like that Does't go above 25%, of the highest bread on any active mine in the world today. 0:17:13 But uh we won't focus only on the high quality of the vein in order to make it uh commercial scale. 0:17:22 And then uh because of this higher grade, as I mentioned, our our purification process will be much 0:17:29 simpler based on flotation and our classification. And usually on the simulated flick, you have to 0:17:35 go to leaching and calculation in order to reach the very high grades and typically the van grade is 0:17:41 just use it as it comes from the earth And in the above 90 in very specific applications. Uh another 0:17:51 thing about the, the vein graphite is the Christianity. That means how the different layers are 0:17:58 arranged one against the other and this has impacts on the chemical and electrical conductivity 0:18:05 because of the vein graphite has typically higher Christianity than the flake graphite. We think 0:18:11 that this this would be evident when we measure the actual performance of our battery in 0:18:18 electrochemical applications. Uh Another thing that is different on the types of graphite is the 0:18:26 particle size. Uh When when people typically mind a vein, they go only for the lump that is very 0:18:32 high grade uh On the disseminated flake, they don't have a choice. They have to go to the, as I say, 0:18:37 disseminated and then again they can make, they can get fine and coarse flake and in our case we we 0:18:45 may obtain the lump if we need it uh for some applications and depending on where we are mining, uh 0:18:50 when we hit a very large vein, you can you can expect the lump and obtain a very high grade material. 0:18:57 But the other than that we also have fine and of course that we can produce from from our material 0:19:05 on the on the outcome deposit. Another difference that impacts the cost of extraction is the type of 0:19:13 host rock here. Disseminated flake can be um very easy like soil to extract but can also be very 0:19:21 hard rock. I have personal experience of both types of uh deposit on disseminated flink vein is very 0:19:28 usually very hard rock. And that's why people focus on uh exploring it. Uh making sure that they go 0:19:35 just for the vein because it's difficult to break. And the outcome is very particularly the suspect 0:19:40 because we have rock but it's a software, it's not difficult to bless. It takes a lot less energy 0:19:46 and allows you to plan better your your your mind development. Uhh then uhh the depth also of the 0:19:56 deposit. Uh We will cooperate, as I mentioned as an open pit in how come that doesn't mean that does 0:20:02 not graphite deep further deep in the ground. We might even in the future consider exploring that. 0:20:08 But we have enough material at reasonable depths. uh that allows you to allows us to produce an open 0:20:16 piece while the typical gang graffiti, they have 4 490 m below the the soil. And uh it's very easy 0:20:25 to process our graphite for all the reasons that we explain it. And sometimes the flake graphite, 0:20:30 the disseminated flake, it gets difficult to process because of the amount of contaminants that it 0:20:35 has that also influence the chemistry of the flotation plant. Makes it very difficult. And did it 0:20:43 serious elements. And I mentioned before, we have very little ones as vain, graphite typically has 0:20:48 not been applied to battery grade. We don't have got on that. But we know that our being graphite 0:20:54 has very little literal elements and then graphite has also a higher density. That also allows you 0:21:02 to plan back to your processing plant. And because of the, uh, where we can obtain the very high 0:21:12 grades for battery without going through consternation or legion, we have a very low environment 0:21:18 impact compared two other purification battles. Thank you very much for the opportunity to present 0:21:26 our company today. If anybody would like to receive more details on products and product 0:21:31 specifications, please feel free to reach out to infrared atomic dot C A. Where our communications 0:21:37 and marketing team will immediately direct you to the appropriate department.