The latest on Strategic Metals: Retire Overseas Conference in Orlando, Florida

retire-overseas-conference-logo-2With a month to go, time for a reminder of this event. Strategic metals are still a relatively new investment group for private investors. To provide in-depth information on the metals, their applications and price developments, I will be speaking at the “Retire Overseas” conference in Orlando, Florida, on behalf of Tradium GmbH of Germany.

Tradium is a large industrial wholesaler supplying electronics and technology companies around the world with Rare Earth Elements and Strategic Metals. The company added private investments just a few years ago and backed it up by launching Metlock, a bonded high-security storage facility in Frankfurt, Germany.

The conference is hosted by Kathleen Peddicord and Lief Simon, who for many years have offered services and education surrounding retirement and investment planning.

Read more about the conference here: LINK

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

NY Times: Platinum Demand faces Impact from Electric Car Growth

 

nyt-t-logoThe New York Times just picked up my Reuters discussion from last week. Generally happy to see that the relevance of this movement is gaining foothold in people’s mind. They might have done without the letters “IPMI” in the title. While it’s true that I am the current IPMI chairman, this interview was a personal one and not an official statement by the institute. Here is the link. 

 

Here is the NASDAQ version of the same event.

And here is Yahoo’s version 🙂

Investing.com ….

Reuters Interview / Q&A on the impact of Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles on Platinum

Reuters BannerFuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) vs. battery electric vehicles (BEV) – the precious metals industry is rightfully concerned about this battle. While FCEVs will utilize platinum in their fuel cells, BEVs need none, and each electric vehicle sold of either kind means that one less standard emission control catalyst has been sold. Reason for Reuters to inquire about the scale of the potential effects.

I sometimes feel like a doomsday prophet when I’m just tallying up statements and facts from people and governments in charge, that inevitably lead to one conclusion: electrification is near, and there is no sufficient hydrogen supply infrastructure to counter the expansion of electric charging.

Better to deal with the issue now than staring into an abyss a decade down the road. Precious metals, combined with rare earth elements and other “strategic” metals, are indispensable in making a sustainable planet a reality. So let’s focus on a vision for this world in 2040, and start working towards it.

To read a transcript of the Q&A session please click here.

Update: I just discovered the direct link to Reuter’s summary: click here to read.

Get it now: IPMI Conference App

Screenshot_20170508-1543591More and more people are using smartphones while the usage of thumb drives has dropped. So for the upcoming 41st IPMI Conference, the entire conference program will be presented via a conference app, developed and sponsored by Sabin Metal Corporation.

The app will allow you to keep track of events, navigate the conference floor, find and communicate with other participants, and much more.

Special sections will feature exhibits and sponsors.

Using the app is free for all conference attendees. What is more, the app will remain active for a year after the event so you have plenty of time to migrate new contacts you made to your regular contacts list.

How to get the IPMI Conference App:

Android and Apple:

In your respective app stores, search for “IPMI 41st Annual Conference” and follow the instructions.

Windows Mobile:

Please click this link: http://py1zqy.m.attendify.com/ to launch the web based version of the app. Note that there is NO Windows-supported app that you could download from the store. All features and functionalities of the web app are identical to the Android and Apple apps.

If you have a QR reader, you may also use the codes displayed in this document..

What next?

IMG_20170508_181738 (2)_LIAfter launching the app, be sure to create your user account which will identify you as a conference attendee. Please enter your name and how you wish to communicate with other members during the event. Feel free to add a picture of yourself if you like. It will make it easier for people to find you in a crowd.

Launching the app will take you straight to the “Activity” screen. This screen will inform you about the latest activities related to the conference, and to people joining the app. This screen will be very busy pre-conference but settle down and focus during the event to inform you about last minute changes or exciting unscheduled things happening right now.

A very important feature on this screen is the menu icon on the top left. Clicking this icon opens the main menu from where you can select the individual app sections. At this point, we are still populating the lists so come back from time to time to check what’s new. Complete information will be available two weeks prior to the conference at the latest.

Use the “Favorites” feature to mix and match papers or events from the conference schedule to plan your day.

You will find two kiosks in the registration areas offering live technical support during registration hours. For questions prior to the conference, please contact Bodo Albrecht at balbrecht@sabinmetal.com

We hope you will like this new conference feature and invite your feedback so we can improve it where necessary for future conferences.

 

Metallic Hydrogen – a new Era in Fuel Storage?

Since the Hindenburg disaster, hydrogen has been known more for its risks than its uses as a fuel component. In its liquid form it has of course been used as rocket fuel, and more recently it has made an entrance as a potential alternative to lithium-ion batteries in cars. Not only is lithium-ion not free from hazards itself, the batteries also add more weight and volume to a device than a tank full of H2. Setting up a supply infrastructure remains an issue, and storage risks make people uncomfortable.

Diamond Anvil

What if hydrogen could be produced in its metallic form? A metal, easy and safe to transport and store? What if this metal could be readily re-converted to its liquid state as needed to be used in fuel cells? A vision of a distant future, perhaps, but professor Isaac Silvera of Harvard University claims to have just taken the first step, the creation of metallic hydrogen. I had a very interesting conversation with him, the product of which was just published on Kitco News. Here is the link: http://www.kitco.com/commentaries/2017-03-21/Metallic-Hydrogen-a-New-Area-in-Hydrogen-Storage.html

 

New: closed session on security at the IPMI summer conference

Happy to announce that this year’s annual IPMI conference in Orlando, FL, will feature a novel session on security issues relevant to the precious metals industry. The session will be closed, meaning there will be no handouts, and no recordings are permitted.

JW-Marriott-Orlando-Grande-LThe session title is “Hands on Security – forgery, packaging risks and cyber attacks”, session K on Tuesday, June 13 2017. It will be moderated by yours truly as you may have suspected at this point.

The session will break the mold of traditional IPMI sessions including some audio-visuals and lots of room for discussions.

To learn more about the conference an the IPMI click here. Hope to see you there!

Cobalt – from secret ingredient to superstar

Cobalt started coming into focus when the industry became aware of its crucial importance to lithium-ion technology. Since then, several Tech Metal Insider articles on Kitco News have dealt with the subject:

Cobalt – the secret ingredient in lithium ion batteries: https://bodoalbrecht.com/2015/10/02/cobalt-the-secret-ingredient-in-lithium-ion-batteries/

BYD (Build your Dreams) – cobalt vs iron oxide technology: https://bodoalbrecht.com/2016/04/28/byd-disrupting-the-markets-for-lithium-and-cobalt/

Ethical concerns on cobalt mining raised by Amnesty International: https://bodoalbrecht.com/2016/10/10/cobalt-prices-on-the-rise-amidst-ethical-concerns/

mitch-smithThe latter topic in particular raised the question of ethical alternatives for cobalt mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that just declared it had to postpone democratic elections for lack of funds. One company promising such an alternative is Global Energy Metals of Vancouver, Canada. Mitchell Smith, president and CEO of GEM who is also a very active supporter of alternative energy in social media, told me more about the company and its plans. Click here to read the interview on Kitco News.