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News Article | May 11, 2017
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See how Preferred Survey Inc. has become a trusted name in land surveying among homeowners, landowners, and businesses around the Chicago area. -- For the last three decades, Preferred Survey Inc. (PSI) has been providing accurate and reliable land surveys to clients throughout the greater Chicago area. In order to better serve their Northern Illinois clientele, PSI recently unveiled an innovative, redesigned website.The PSI professional workforce includes surveyors who have received full licensing from the State of Illinois and attained membership in the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association. Their surveyors come to each job with a focus on end-to-end survey order automation, and field crews have been trained for accurate use of E.D.M. Total Stations with infrared laser technology for the most accurate property measurements. Additionally, CAD technicians use advanced software to deliver a final electronic survey at the end of the contract, helping to ensure the most accurate land improvements.For a fair market price and in a timely manner, those looking to buy a home, sell a home, or subdivide a tract can gain access to a full array of land surveying products. In order to make their services more accessible, the PSI team decided to update their digital presence with a newly redesigned website.To achieve this goal, they turned to Launch Digital Marketing (LDM), based out of Naperville, IL. According to Joseph C. Burke at PSI, the website brings together everything they were looking for."We were looking for a logo and website that matched the high quality land surveying work we provide throughout the Chicago land area," Burke said. "LDM not only met our expectations, but exceeded them. From design to development, each step was handled in an extremely professional, conscientious manner with generous attention to the details provided for the finished product as well as our feedback throughout the process. We confidently look forward to our next project with them."To learn more information about PSI's products and services, visit their newly redesigned website , and for more about Launch Digital Marketing's digital services, visit www.launchdigitalmarketing.com


News Article | May 9, 2017
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Danos has invented a solar powered, continuous chemical injection system (CCIS) that significantly improves upon existing systems. By leveraging its expertise in both solar power and hydraulics, the company has created an improved solar powered chemical injection system that delivers more accurate injection rates, fewer power failures and greater fluid capacity. Prior to the invention, existing solar power options had limited pumping capacity and were not capable of true continuous injection at higher volumes. While working with customers at remote locations, Danos’ automation services experts recognized the need for an improved solar powered CCIS. With this new patentable design, Danos customers can now achieve injection rates of more than 100 gallons per day, at pressures of more than 1,200 PSI, and with accurate power consumption predictions that allow for proper sizing of solar systems. Danos engineers developed and tested a prototype unit that delivers twice the fluid capacity with 99-percent injection rate accuracy. The company has filed for a patent for the CCIS which is now in production and available to customers around the world. “This solar-powered system is a dramatic improvement over previous chemical injection options,” said Felix Dominique, manager of automation services for Danos. “Now, wellstream chemical treatments in even the most remote areas can be conducted far more efficiently and effectively using energy from the sun.” About Danos – Founded in 1947, Danos is a family-owned and managed oilfield service provider. A trusted industry partner, Danos offers the most responsive end-to-end integrated service solutions – safe, on time and on budget. Danos achieves world-class safety results and customer loyalty due to a values-based approach and an unyielding commitment to employee engagement and training. Learn more at Danos.com.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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This year, GCE Solutions will be attending the conference for Promoting Statistical Insight (PSI) between May 14th to May 17th, held at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London.


"The PSI program is an effective pipeline for adding well-trained, highly skilled employees to our workforce," said James A. Sears, Jr., vice president of Potomac Edison.  "By teaming with our veteran linemen and substation personnel, these new employees will help ensure reliable service for our customers, now and in the future." The new lines employees, hometowns and work locations are: Thomas Buch, Pittstown, N.J., Mount Airy, Md.; Garrett Clise, Frostburg, Md., Cumberland, Md.; Todd Custer, Oakland, Md., Oakland; Craig Elwood, Jr., Clear Spring, Md., Williamsport, Md.; James Fania, Annandale, N.J., Mount Airy, Md.; Darren Folk, Hedgesville, W.Va., Martinsburg, W.Va.;  Dalton Funk, Boonsboro, Md., Frederick, Md.; Craig Funk, Grantsville, Md., Cumberland, Md.; Tyler Johnson, Frederick, Md., Frederick; Colton Peck, Swanton, Md., Oakland, Md.; Tylar Penwell, Martinsburg, W.Va., Williamsport, Md.; Leif Sandy, Martinsburg, W.Va., Mount Airy, Md.; and Hunter Weaver, Hedgesville, W.Va., Martinsburg, W.Va. The new substation employees, hometowns and work locations are: Jordan Bobbins, Shinnston, W.Va., system crew; Joseph Klink, Hyndman, Pa., Williamsport, Md.; Bradley Reichard, Tariff, W.Va., system crew; Austin Statler, Core, W.Va., Frederick, Md.; and Ben Weimer, Lonaconing, Md., system crew. PSI is an award-winning, two-year educational program originally developed by FirstEnergy in 2000 to help prepare the company's next generation of utility line and substation workers. The PSI curriculum for lines employees requires two-and-a-half days each week spent at Blue Ridge completing academic course work, with the remainder of the week spent at a Potomac Edison training facility in Williamsport, Md.  The PSI curriculum for substation employees requires a half week spent at Pierpont completing academic course work, with the rest of the week spent at a FirstEnergy facility in White Hall, W.Va.  All students focus on safe work practices and procedures in the electrical environment.  The graduates earned an associate of applied science degree in Electric Utility Technology. Since the program's inception, FirstEnergy has hired 1,102 line and 360 substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1-800-829-6801, or go to www.firstenergycorp.com/psi. Potomac Edison serves about 257,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 137,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  Follow Potomac Edison at www.potomacedison.com, on Twitter @PotomacEdison, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PotomacEdison. FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow on Twitter at @FirstEnergyCorp. Editor's Note:  Photos of the recent Potomac Edison Power Systems Institute graduates are available upon request. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/potomac-edison-adds-new-line-and-substation-employees-from-power-systems-institute-training-program-300456924.html


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« SwRI’S patented technology allows automated vehicles to pilot aerial drones with no human intervention | Main | GAC Group begins construction of $6.5B industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles » Materials researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland have, in collaboration with the Université Grenoble Alpes (France), developed a simple method that can improve the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries by 25-30%. In a study published in the journal Nature Energy, the team reported that the additional of silicon dioxide (SiO , quartz) powder to the liquid electrolyte slows the rapid capacity loss that can plague lithium-sulfur batteries. The lithium-sulfur battery is considered a promising candidate for future high-energy storage devices. The materials required are inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and readily available, and the battery theoretically can deliver around three times as much energy as today’s widely used lithium-ion battery. In practice, however, there are still several hurdles. For example, the lithium-sulfur battery rapidly loses capacity with repeated charging. Present-day prototypes manage far fewer charging cycles than conventional lithium-ion batteries – and besides that, they deliver only a fraction of the theoretically possible energy. Electrochemistry researchers at PSI gained new insights into the processes responsible for the capacity loss by developing a special examination method using X-rays to track the chemical reactions that take place within the battery. They made directly visible, for the first time, the way lithium-sulfur compounds change and how this leads to the loss of capacity. The team also observed, for the first time, how ordinary quartz powder (SiO )—the principal constituent of sand and the main ingredient of glass—improves the lithium-sulfur battery. Other researchers had previously already determined that quartz powder interacts with the materials in lithium-sulfur batteries. Now the PSI researchers have quantified the gains that quartz powder can deliver. polysulfides form during the operation of a lithium-sulfur battery. These are a normal constituent of an operating lithium–sulfur battery. A portion of them, though, will be lost to the battery’s liquid component and then travel back and forth between its two electrodes with every charging and discharging cycle—the polysulfide shuttle effect. As a consequence, these rogue polysulfides react with the lithium electrode of the battery, thereby reducing the amount of available sulfur—the active material in the battery—and diminishing the battery’s capacity. This process can be counteracted through the addition of quartz powder. The researchers found that the quartz binds the polysulfides the way soap binds dirt, Villevieille explained. This increases and preserves the charging capacity, because the interior of the battery stays clean and functional for a longer time. The reversibility of the discharging process—the Coulombic efficiency—improves from around 80 percent to 90 percent, Villevieille said. By comparison, however, the Coulombic efficiency of a conventional lithium-ion battery is more than 99.9 percent. The positive effect of the quartz was revealed when the PSI researchers, in cooperation with a colleague at the Université Grenoble Alpes, examined the chemical processes within the battery using operando X-ray diffraction. Ordinarily, liquids cannot be observed using this technique, and therefore the processes in the electrolyte remain hidden. X-ray diffraction works only on ordered, crystalline structures; the polysulfides in the electrolyte, however, normally move around in a disordered fashion, explained Villevieilles's colleague Joanna Conder, first author of the study. To make the polysulfides visible, the researchers added glass fibers to the electrolyte. The polysulfides settled on the surface of the fibres in an orderly manner. Unexpectedly, the researchers found that the glass fibers reduced the unwanted accumulation of sulfides. Since glass consists mainly of quartz, the idea to begin using quartz powder as a kind of cleaning agent in the batteries was evident. The two PSI researchers acknowledge that there are, in principle, other approaches by which polysulfides could be prevented from dissolving and contribute to limiting the battery function. However, these are either very complicated or very expensive or both, especially when the method needs to be implemented on an industrial scale. Quartz, in contrast, is just about the cheapest material there is, Conder said.


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Branick Industries, globally known as a leader in tire service and inflation equipment, announces the release of the all new Digital Airhead BK4 Tire Inflator. With the introduction of TPMS systems and, in some areas, legislated responsibility on tire installers to ensure tire pressure, the need for an inflator that provides high accuracy is critical. The Digital Airhead BK4 has guaranteed accuracy and comes with a calibration certificate to prove it. “There has never been more importance placed on tire inflation than there is right now,” said Tom Bolgrean, Branick president. “Branick wanted a product that would not only fill the need for accuracy but also be able to withstand the tough use of a shop environment. The Digital Airhead BK4 meets these requirements and eliminates the need for pencil gauges.” With an aluminum body and protective rubber bumper, the Digital Airhead BK4 is tough and is one of the most compact on the market but can handle pressures from 4-250 PSI. Every unit has certified accuracy of ± 2 PSI and meets California’s CARB requirements so the displayed pressure is what’s in the tire. Correct inflation pressure will reduce customer returns for TPMS alerts while also improving customer fuel economy. The lighted LCD display can be set to PSI, BAR, and kPa with last unit memory to retain the one that is used most and the Digital Airhead BK4 has auto-shutoff to extend the life of the AAA batteries. Only one hand is required for operation and both inflation and deflation can be done without leaving the valve stem. Together with the high flow design (18 cfm), it will save time on every inflation. The accuracy, durability and time savings of the Digital Airhead BK4 make this the ultimate tire inflator and one that every shop will be glad to have. To learn more about the Digital Airhead BK4 or any other Branick product call 800.437.4394 or visit website. Branick was founded 100 years ago with the introduction of the tire spreader, invented by Earl Branick. Since then, Branick has been an industry leader in tire service and tire inflation equipment, nitrogen systems and retread equipment. Branick holds the number one position for numerous products including strut compressors, brake bleeders, and nitrogen inflation systems. With over 1,000,000 customers worldwide, Branick proudly remains focused on the tradition of quality instilled by Mr. Branick, while the team of R&D engineers continues his legacy of innovation. With manufacturing locations in the USA Heartland, Branick Industries is committed to maintaining the well-earned reputation for quality, service, innovation, and value.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: www.bevindustry.com

Douglas Machine Inc. offers the TriVex SL top loader, which is designed to pack pouches and bags in a standup configuration into retail-ready display cases with one or two product facings, the company says.  With a quick and simple changeover, it packs pouches and bags flat with two or three products for each layer and has the ability to run vertical and flat packs on the same machine, it adds. The dual Scara robotic solution combines the functionality of a product infeed, pack pattern collation and case loading functions into one mechanism. At the Interpack Trade Fair, Admix Inc. showcased several flagship products, including the Rotosolver high-shear mixer, which offers high-intensity and high-speed batch mixing, improves dispersion, and reduces energy consumption for volumes as much as 10,000 liters, the company says. The Rotosolver delivers as much as 50 percent less energy consumption, 600 percent higher flow rates, 20 percent higher tip speeds and about six times more throughput than conventional high-shear mixers, it says. Also on display was the Fastfeed powder induction-and-dispersion system that instantly inducts, wets and disperses ingredients like proteins, gums, starches, vitamins, fibers, sweeteners, stabilizers, flavors and colors at rates as fast as 220 kilograms a minute in a single pass with no agglomeration. Batch-to-batch inconsistencies also are eliminated as powders are introduced at the same rate every time, while dust from dumping powders into open-top tanks also is eliminated. Other machines highlighted were the DynaShear inline high-speed emulsifier featuring two-stage rotor/stator action that prevents clogged strainers and extends the life of pumps, valves and seals; the Boston Shearmill wet mill/homogenizer, low-shear agitators; and the BenchMix laboratory mixer. At ProMat 2017, Wildeck introduced a new safety LiftLok System for vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs), which features a passcode-protected digital keypad or a key switch to prevent lift operation by unauthorized personnel. A basic key switch or the 10-key push-button digital keypad can be added to any Wildeck mechanically or hydraulically operated VRC, the company says. The LiftLok system enables authorized lift operators to enter a four-digit user/passcode and/or swipe their pre-programmed proximity credentials tag (key fob) on the LiftLok digital keypad to enable lift operation. In addition to the main floor call/send control box installation, the safety device can be included with call/send VRC control stations at every level, it adds. As many as 500 user passcodes can be programmed into the keypad system. Wilkens-Anderson Co. offers its SEAM360 as part of its line of quality-control equipment for cans. The SEAM360 is designed to improve speed and accuracy while eliminating human error and misinterpretation, the company says. Conventional seam inspection occurs at two or three points around a can, but the SEAM360 scans the entire circumference of the can in approximately eight seconds while simultaneously measuring seam thickness and seam height at 360 points to a 0.0002-inch resolution, it adds. The non-destructive SEAM360 quickly and expertly detects any can defects, such as false seams, seam bumps, broken chucks, droops, vees and knocked down flanges, the company says. At Pack Expo East, Axon, a division of Pro Mach, showcased the EZ-150SL shrink sleeve applicator and ThermoFlow shrink tunnel specifically designed for manufacturers and co-packers that want a rugged, quality sleeving solution at a moderate price, the company says. The shrink sleeve duo applies labels at speeds as fast as 150 bottles or cans a minute, it adds. The mandrel-style, intuitive EZ-150SL features a stainless-steel frame, servo motor and a multi-lingual color touchscreen interface, while the new, self-contained ThermoFlow features a 15-PSI low-pressure steam generator and condensate collection system that does not require the special licensing or certifications needed for high-pressure boilers. The ThermoFlow adjusts the amount of steam appropriate for the size of container to minimize energy consumption. Both units offer quick, tool-less changeovers along with trouble-free installation and maintenance. Omega Engineering Inc. offers a new OS758-LS handheld dual-laser infrared thermometer that delivers reliable non-contact measurement while precisely measuring temperatures as high as 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 degrees Fahrenheit), the company says. The high 60:1 D:S ratio allows precise measurements from a safe distance because the operator only has to point the device and pull the trigger to view the surface temperature. The OS758-LS can be used for HVAC system testing, equipment and electrical maintenance, automotive diagnostics and monitoring production lines. A company specializing in solid-state technology for cooling and heating, Phononic announced it is perfecting an advanced prototype of a 4.5-foot, glass-door refrigerator for use in commercial/beverage merchandising. The Phononic refrigerator can store as many as 131 canned beverages compared with 101 cans in a conventional refrigerator, results achieved by displacing the compressor, condenser and other compressor-based equipment, the company says. Although the prototype refrigerator adds 30 percent more storage capacity, it matches or slightly reduces the energy consumed by each can of soda and maintains a consistent cooling temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius, even after repeated door openings, it adds. In addition to the non-toxic and non-global warming refrigerant, each 4.5-foot refrigerator can reduce the compressor-carbon equivalent by 200 pounds of carbon dioxide, the company says. A 20 to 25 percent reduction in distribution costs also is expected because less restocking is required, it says. Phononic is at the bench-top prototype stage and expects to have units available for field trials in the first quarter of 2018. Archetype Ltd. offers its patented Flood Buzz water leak alarms designed to prevent damages and losses as result of leaks, whether from a facility’s plumbing or from drums of liquid additives in the warehouse, the company says. The easy-to-use, low-cost Flood Buzz sounds a loud alarm when it detects a leak. The device is particularly ideal for bottling facilities, where leaks from supply lines, water filtration systems, refrigeration, bathroom facilities or even a water heater, might cause damage and loss to flooring, furniture and equipment, resulting in expensive remediation costs and downtime, it says. The Flood Buzz line includes the Flood Buzz Pro, which sounds a 110-decible alarm when water touches the two prongs on the bottom of the product. Offered in two versions with varying prong sizes, the product is ideal for typical industrial/commercial use and for air conditioners’ condensate pans that allow moisture to build up to 1/8th inch before the alarm sounds. The new Flood Buzz Blue is specifically designed to fit in a water heater’s drip pan but also can be fastened to the side of tanks. The alarm systems come with an internal three-year battery and preset programming that eliminates installation time.


News Article | June 12, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 12, 2017) - Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:UCU)(OTCQX:UURAF) ("Ucore" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that a strategic consortium organized to recover rare earth element ("REE") products from coal mining refuse in the United States (the "Consortium") has been selected by the US Department of Energy ("USDOE") for the receipt of funding to produce a saleable REE oxide from US coal tailings. The Consortium has been awarded $US 1 million to source, beneficiate, concentrate, and separate REE from US-based coal mining refuse (the "Grant"). The metal separation and purification process will utilize Molecular Recognition Technology ("MRT"), an American clean energy technology. The Consortium is comprised of Ucore in cooperation with IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. of American Fork, Utah ("IBC"), Equinox Chemicals, LLC of Albany, Georgia ("Equinox") and Physical Sciences Inc. of Andover, Massachusetts ("PSI"). "The USDOE recognizes that the demand for REE has grown significantly in recent years," said Jim McKenzie, President and CEO of Ucore. "That unrelenting demand, in combination with the current US dependence on China for strategic metals, has stimulated an interest in economically feasible approaches to a domestic REE supply chain. This initiative is in keeping with our strategy of developing a US-based Strategic Metals Complex, and we're delighted to advance this opportunity." "Since 2014, with the support of Senators Lisa Murkowski, Joe Manchin and others, the USDOE has engaged in research to determine the economic feasibility of producing REE from domestic coal and coal by-products," said Steve Izatt, President and CEO of IBC. "Today, we're pleased to report that the Department has chosen MRT to advance the commercial knowledge base for the supply of critical metals from domestic US coal fields. We're excited that this promising technology has been selected as a foundation for such an important security-of-supply initiative." The Consortium has been organized to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a self-contained US domestic rare earth supply chain. Team members will conduct laboratory testing, and prepare a technical design for a pilot plant to produce salable REEs. The Consortium will use by-products from an existing eastern Kentucky coal preparation plant as the initial source of feedstock for the REE. Design work will additionally examine the recovery and sale of coal from preparation plant by-products as a potential source of ancillary revenue. Research work will be directed by Mr. Grimaldi of Equinox, who has extensive expertise in process chemistry and engineering. The initial lab scale test work and pilot scale design work is being undertaken utilizing the USD $1M Grant, with a total of USD $18M in ancillary funding prospectively available from USDOE for initial bench scale testing and design work, pilot scale construction and industrial scale proof of concept work (see Ucore Press Release dated May 25, 2017). Equinox is a chemical products research, commercialization, and manufacturing company with two chemical manufacturing plants located in Albany, Georgia. Equinox has a proven track record of successful in-process design, scale-up, and commercialization. Since its founding in 2003, Equinox has focused on chemical process intensifying novel equipment and process design coupled with commercialization contributing to the lower cost, increased safety and environmental profiles impacting over 600 products on the market today. Many of these products would not be on the market today if the producers had to rely on traditional manufacturing processes. Specifically, Equinox has experience in process design, scale-up, and operations of heterogeneous chemical extraction processes, including coal fines and coal ash extractions. See www.eqxchem.com for additional information. PSI is a technology R&D company developing a range of technologies in energy, materials and processing, environmental, aerospace, and medical instrumentation fields. They have been working on process development for REE recovery from coal ash under company-sponsored IR&D, and government-funded (EPA, OSD/ONR, DOE) research programs, making significant advancements in high-yield, high-concentration REE recovery methods. PSI currently holds two patents on the REE recovery process. The PSI work is being led by Dr. Prakash B. Joshi, who will serve as Principal Investigator and Program Coordinator on the proposed DOE/NETL program. PSI will lead the overall development of the chemical separation process including the demonstration of REE extraction in a continuous process. See www.psicorp.com for additional information. IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. is an award-winning, green chemistry selective separations company based on innovative MRT products. IBC is headquartered in American Fork, Utah, with manufacturing facilities in Utah and Houston, Texas. IBC has supplied industrial, governmental and academic customers worldwide with environmentally friendly products, processes and services for over 29 years. IBC specializes in MRT, utilizing green chemistry to achieve highly selective separations of metal ions in complex matrices. Based on Nobel Prize-winning technology (1987), IBC's proprietary products and processes are used worldwide by premier metals refining and mining companies such as Tanaka Kikinzoku K.K. (Japan), Asarco Grupo Mexico (USA), Impala Platinum Ltd. (South Africa), and Sino Platinum (China). In 2014, the Japanese Government (Mitsubishi Research, Inc.) awarded to IBC a highly competitive subsidy grant, "Demonstration Project for Seawater Purification Technologies", concerning the selective separation of the radionuclides strontium and cesium from contaminated seawater at Fukushima, Japan. IBC's expertise is illustrated by its extensive development and commercialization of separations systems for platinum group metals ("PGM's") at a world level. PGM's are analogous to REE, in that they are considered difficult to selectively separate due to their constituent chemical similarities. The Ucore-IBC alliance builds on IBC's proven capabilities to develop, scale-up and commercialize selective separations systems for a number of diverse and complex applications. See www.ibcmrt.com for additional information. Ucore Rare Metals is a development-phase company focused on rare metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies with near term potential for production, growth and scalability. On March 3, 2015, Ucore announced the development of a joint venture with IBC for the deployment of SuperLig® Molecular Recognition Technology for REE and multi-metallic tailings processing applications in North America and associated world markets. The Company has a 100% ownership stake in the Bokan project. On March 31, 2014, Ucore announced the unanimous support of the Alaska State Legislature for the investment of up to USD $145 Million in the Bokan project at the discretion of the Alaska Import Development and Export Agency ("AIDEA"). For further information, please visit www.ucore.com This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future exploration drilling, exploration activities, research and development timelines, and events or developments that the Company expects, are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements in this press release include that we may enter into a long-term supply partnership and offtake relationship and the possibility of an independent North American REE supply chain. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include exploitation and exploration successes or setbacks, research and develop successes or setbacks, continued availability of financing, that we may not be able to reach agreements, that the product may not be suitable for intended uses, and general economic, market or business conditions. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined by the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


News Article | June 19, 2017
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HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 19, 2017) - Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:UCU)(OTCQX:UURAF) ("Ucore" or the "Company") is pleased to welcome the University of Kentucky to its recently announced US Rare Earths Consortium (the "Consortium"). The Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky ("UK CAER" or the "University") joins Ucore and its partners in completing the recently awarded US Department of Energy ("USDOE") US$1M work program (the "Award"). Under the terms of the Award, the Consortium has been tasked with sourcing and concentrating feedstock from US domestic coal tailings, and utilizing Molecular Recognition Technology ("MRT") to produce a saleable oxide of Critical Rare Earth Elements ("CREE") to the US market (see Ucore press release dated June 12, 2017). UK CAER is an international leader in research pertaining to coal production, coal combustion, and coal combustion products. The UK CAER team is led by colleagues Dr. Jim Hower and Dr. Jack Groppo. Dr. Hower, a Principal Research Scientist at UK CAER and a Research Professor in UK's Earth & Environmental Sciences Department, will lead the coal fine refuse feedstock identification, selection, and characterization portions of the project. Dr. Hower has been publishing studies about the high concentration of rare earth elements in coal seams in southern and eastern Kentucky since the late 1990s, and is a global expert in coal geochemistry, petrology, coal mining operations and coal products, including coal fine refuse. Dr. Groppo, a Principal Research Engineer and a faculty member in UK's Mining Engineering Department, will provide his extensive knowledge in physical separation processing and plant design to the project. Dr. Groppo will be utilizing mineral processing techniques to the pilot-scale plant design. "UK CAER is a tremendous Consortium partner," said Jim McKenzie, President and CEO of Ucore. "The Center has a collective knowledge base of mineral-enriched coal fields that is recognized at a world level. In turn, Dr's Hower and Groppo lead a team of researchers specializing in the maximization of economic utility from US coal production. This specialized knowledge, combined with the collective experience of the other members of the Consortium, makes for a formidable lineup of participants tackling this remarkable opportunity." "This mission builds upon UK CAER's well-established and growing knowledge in CREE processing," said Dr. Jim Hower. "We look forward to bringing this knowledge to bear, and the potential for creating new jobs and economic opportunities not just in Kentucky, but as part of an emerging rare earth supply chain in the US." "Our rare earth recovery work is a natural extension of the Center's efforts in creating high-value products from coal and coal combustion byproducts," said Dr. Groppo. "We are building upon a proud UK CAER history of success, and we are excited about the technical and economic prospects of this important project." The Award builds on UK CAER's capabilities and knowledge in the emerging field of CREE research. Participation in the Consortium continues a long tradition of UK CAER work in byproduct utilization. Such work commenced more than two decades ago, when UK CAER researchers commercialized a new and unique way of utilizing coal fines in coal combustion at the Powell Mountain Coal Company's Mayflower Preparation Plant in Virginia. Since that time, UK CAER has established itself as a global leader in coal and coal combustion byproduct utilization. The Center's Materials Technologies Group has invented several unique methods for utilizing fly ash to develop stronger, faster-setting cementitious products. One of that group's patented products - Tekcrete - is available commercially through UK CAER's corporate partner, Minova. UK CAER's Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis team has also developed technology to capture and utilize CO from coal-fired power plants. CO is consumed via an algal capture system created at UK CAER, and utilized to create biofuels, bio-chemicals and bio-plastics. UK CAER is partnering with Lianhenghui Investment Company to construct a 5-acre algae production facility in Zhengzhou, China to demonstrate this technology. The Consortium is comprised of a number of participants which compliment UK CAER's extensive expertise in materials processing technologies, including IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. of American Fork, Utah ("IBC"), Equinox Chemicals, LLC of Albany, Georgia ("Equinox") and Physical Sciences Inc. of Andover, Massachusetts ("PSI"). IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. is an award-winning, green chemistry selective separations company based on innovative MRT products. IBC is headquartered in American Fork, Utah, with manufacturing facilities in Utah and Houston, Texas. IBC has supplied industrial, governmental and academic customers worldwide with environmentally friendly products, processes and services for over 29 years. IBC specializes in MRT, utilizing green chemistry to achieve highly selective separations of individual metal ions in complex matrices. Based on Nobel Prize-winning technology (1987), IBC's proprietary products and processes are used worldwide by premier metals refining and mining companies such as Tanaka Kikinzoku K.K. (Japan), Asarco Grupo Mexico (USA), Impala Platinum Ltd. (South Africa), and Sino Platinum (China). In 2014, the Japanese Government (Mitsubishi Research, Inc.) awarded to IBC a highly competitive subsidy grant, "Demonstration Project for Seawater Purification Technologies", concerning the selective separation of the radionuclides strontium and cesium from contaminated seawater at Fukushima, Japan. IBC's expertise is illustrated by its extensive development and commercialization of separations systems for platinum group metals ("PGM's") at a world level. PGM's are analogous to REE, in that they are considered difficult to selectively separate due to their constituent chemical similarities. The Ucore-IBC alliance builds on IBC's proven capabilities to develop, scale-up and commercialize selective separations systems for a number of diverse and complex applications. See www.ibcmrt.com for additional information. Equinox is a chemical products research, commercialization, and manufacturing company with two chemical manufacturing plants located in Albany, Georgia. Equinox has a proven track record of successful in-process design, scale-up, and commercialization. Since its founding in 2003, Equinox has focused on chemical process intensifying novel equipment and process design coupled with commercialization contributing to the lower cost, increased safety and environmental profiles impacting over 600 products on the market today. Many of these products would not be on the market today if the producers had to rely on traditional manufacturing processes. Specifically, Equinox has experience in process design, scale-up, and operations of heterogeneous chemical extraction processes, including coal fines and coal ash extractions. See www.echemsource.com for additional information. PSI is a technology R&D company developing a range of technologies in energy, materials and processing, environmental, aerospace, and medical instrumentation fields. They have been working on process development for REE recovery from coal ash under company-sponsored IR&D, and government-funded (EPA, OSD/ONR, DOE) research programs, making significant advancements in high-yield, high-concentration REE recovery methods. PSI currently holds two patents on the REE recovery process. The PSI work is being led by Dr. Prakash B. Joshi, who will serve as Principal Investigator and Program Coordinator on the proposed DOE/NETL program. PSI will lead the overall development of the chemical separation process including the demonstration of REE extraction in a continuous process. See www.psicorp.com for additional information. Ucore Rare Metals is a development-phase company focused on rare metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies with near term potential for production, growth and scalability. On March 3, 2015, Ucore announced the development of a joint venture with IBC for the deployment of SuperLig® Molecular Recognition Technology for REE and multi-metallic tailings processing applications in North America and associated world markets. The Company has a 100% ownership stake in the Bokan project. On March 31, 2014, Ucore announced the unanimous support of the Alaska State Legislature for the investment of up to USD $145 Million in the Bokan project at the discretion of the Alaska Import Development and Export Agency ("AIDEA"). This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future exploration drilling, exploration activities, research and development timelines, and events or developments that the Company expects, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include that we may enter into a long-term supply partnership and offtake relationship and the possibility of an independent North American REE supply chain. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include exploitation and exploration successes or setbacks, research and develop successes or setbacks, continued availability of financing, that we may not be able to reach agreements, that the product may not be suitable for intended uses, and general economic, market or business conditions. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined by the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


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HEXONET GmbH and PSI-Japan K.K. announced today that HEXONET has acquired a significant and strategic stake of PSI-Japan. This investment and partnership will equip PSI-Japan with HEXONET's renown domain platform allowing for the aggressive marketing and sale of domain name services into the country of Japan. Together the new PSI-Japan will soon start offering more choice and services to Japanese consumers and businesses, all with full Japanese language sales, customer and technical support. "The Japanese domain name market has a lot of potential and it is ripe for an innovative player to make an impact," said Robert Birkner, HEXONET’s Chief Strategy Officer. “We are excited as we see many opportunities to bring our winning and advanced technology to Japan. The Japanese market has long been under-served and together with PSI-Japan we are ready to bring innovation, change and choice." "HEXONET is the perfect complement for PSI-Japan," according to Darshaun Nadeau, an industry veteran and President of PSI-Japan. "We have extensive knowledge of the Japanese market while HEXONET brings industry leading technology and international expertise. This is a winning formula. And we are now preparing to relaunch a new set of advanced services for Japanese consumers, businesses and enterprises." The relaunch of the new PSI-Japan is currently expected to be in the fall of 2017. Businesses and corporations interested in corporate domain name management are urged to contact the PSI-Japan sales team today to talk pricing and technical planning. About HEXONET Since 1999, HEXONET has been a leading developer and service provider of technologies and platforms for the domain industry. Thousands of resellers, startups and service providers from across the world trust HEXONET as their domain platform provider of choice. And, today, HEXONET manages over 3.2 million domains for its clients. 1API GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HEXONET. About PSI-Japan Founded in 1981, PSI-Japan became one of the first ever accredited domain name registrars in Japan in 1999, offering commercial domain names (.com / .net / .org) as well as domain names from JPRS starting in 2001. Today, PSI-Japan registers domain names and provides services to Japanese speaking clients and businesses from around the world. © 2017 HEXONET GmbH and HEXONET Services Inc. All rights reserved. HEXONET and the HEXONET logo are trademarks of HEXONET GmbH. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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