AMERICAN VANADIUM CORP. (TSX.V: AVC) (OTCQX: AVCVF) announces that the Company is engineering its process to include the production of higher valued vanadium products for the premium chemical and titanium alloying industries without increasing capital or operating costs. This decision is based on recent laboratory testing demonstrating the ability to produce high purity vanadium at its Gibellini Project located in Nevada.
“As we develop the only domestic vanadium mine, our overriding corporate objective remains to build the vanadium flow battery business in the US through partnerships with global technology leaders”
As the Company continues to make progress with the permitting process and detailed engineering design of the Gibellini Project, the Company will focus on producing vanadium electrolyte, powders, crystals and oxide pellets for premium markets such as grid scale flow battery systems, chemical and pollution control applications as well as for the aerospace and defense industry.
"As we develop the only domestic vanadium mine, our overriding corporate objective remains to build the vanadium flow battery business in the US through partnerships with global technology leaders," said Bill Radvak, President and CEO of American Vanadium. "As the energy storage industry grows over time, it will consume an ever increasing percentage of our product mix as vanadium electrolyte. In the meantime, we can now increase project profitability by directing our product line towards other higher margin products rather than simply selling 'purple flake' to the steel industry."
The US currently imports 100% of its raw vanadium products for use in the critical aerospace and chemical industries. The products come from countries such as Venezuela, Mexico, China and South Africa. Fifteen percent of the total vanadium consumption in the US (31 million pounds vanadium pentoxide equivalent per year) is consumed by the aerospace industry in the way of titanium vanadium aluminum alloys, while a further six percent is used in the chemical industry for critical products such as catalytic converters, sulphuric acid catalyst, etc. The Gibellini Mine is being designed to produce over 11 million pounds of vanadium pentoxide equivalent per year.
About American Vanadium Corp.
American Vanadium is developing the only vanadium mine in the United States. The Company's Gibellini Project, located in Nevada, is being designed to economically produce vanadium products for the steel and alloying industries, as well as vanadium electrolyte for the energy storage industry. This strategic asset gives American Vanadium the opportunity to vertically integrate into the highest value market, Micro Grid Energy Storage. A positive Feasibility Study and updated National Instrument 43-101 on the Gibellini Project were completed by AMEC E&C Services in 2011.