Vanadium – A Metal Preparing For Launch

Vanadium, a transitional metal found on the periodic table, is becoming much more than just a metal talked about in high school chemistry class. The silvery gray metal has historically been a by-product of mining and oil-drilling production businesses, but due to technological breakthroughs over the last decade, demand for the metal is growing, and the search for Vanadium is on.

The three hottest areas for vanadium use today are production of steel alloys, vanadium redox-batteries, and a new technology called smart glass.

According to Wikipedia.com, 85% of all vanadium produced is used as a steel additive. When mixed into steel, the steel becomes dramatically stronger and more resistant to heat. These attributes are vital in construction. Lets use an example of a steel bridge-by adding a small percentage of vanadium to the steel, the bridge can sustain weights over 1000 tons, rather than falling apart at 250 tons. Secondly, by having a higher resistant to heat, the bridge can remain standing during an explosion. The next time you drive over a strong new bridge, thank vanadium.

Smart glass, also known as smart windows, is an exciting new technology requiring significant amounts of vanadium. Smart glass is a sheet glass which contains electrically-reactive layers in it’s center. By running a charge through the glass, tinting flips on or off. The darkness of the tint resembles tinted vehicle windows. By installing large sheets of smart glass, new commercial buildings eliminate the need for blinds & shades. Additionally, this vanadium coating has been shown to reflect U.V. rays away from the building, while insulating and preserving heat more efficiently than traditional glass. Temperature control savings for commercial buildings are said to be in the 40% annual range.

The third and most promising use of vanadium, is what’s called the vanadium-redox battery. This battery is different from traditional rechargeable batteries: A charged vanadium liquid stores the energy(vanadium metal can be converted to a liquid). The liquid is then stored in two separate tanks(one for positive liquid, one for negative). When the two liquids meet, a chemical reaction occurs, producing electricity. These tanks can be made in any size, to meet any application-a vehicle, a hospital, or even a small town! A widespread adaptation and use of vanadium redox batteries paints a demand picture for vanadium resembling Mt. Everest.

While the demand picture for vanadium is growing, the supply-side is ridden with bottlenecks. According to CPM group, “China, South Africa, and Russia account for roughly 90% of global supplies.” During an interview with this author, James Corrigan of Stina Resources indicates South Africa represents roughly 60% of world production. South Africa, hmm…remember what happened in 2008 during the South African mine blackouts? The electrical grid failed and platinum mining temporarily came to a halt. Platinum prices exploded as industry and investors scrambled to secure their own supplies. It would be naive to think this cant happen again, to any mineral supply coming from South Africa. It is a country many years away from offering(if ever) a developed mining infrastructure.

Now the final question remains: “If vanadium is a hot metal for the future, with such great supply & demand prospects, how can I get my hands on some?”

Well, it’s easier said than done. There are only a handful of quality vanadium deposits in the world, and even fewer investment choices to access these deposits safely. The largest risk today in mining is political. Appropriation and taxes remain the largest threat to wealth buried underground. For this reason, we recommend staying in mining-friendly jurisdictions of the Americas, more specifically, Canada and the U.S.

Vanadium is far more than just a dusty-old metal talked about by chemistry teachers. Today’s growing technological applications are demanding metals of higher endurance, and vanadium is meeting that demand. Steel alloys, smart glass windows, and redox-batteries represent a slice of a rapidly growing pie. Vanadium is preparing for launch.

Launch Tree – Can it Really Help You Make Money Online?

We as affiliate marketers have heard about so many products that we are constantly on a roller coaster about what products are just hype or what products will change how we do internet marketing. And this product, Launch Tree, is no exception.

Each month we have at least 10 products being entered into the market place and we question if they can really change how we do business on the internet. Yet we are always on the prowl looking and searching for products that will make our internet marketing experience run smoothly.

We want products that will be up and running in a short period of time and product that will product results all the time. It does really matter how much the guru that is selling the product is making, all we care about is: can this product work for me?

Make money online opportunity seems to come along all the time and yet it seems that even though we buy into these make money online products we really don’t seem to be making all that money. So the question always comes back to: how can I make money online using this product?

So once again a shiny new toy called Launch Tree has come on the market. This product is promising that it will teach affiliates how to make money online by just giving away free cds, dvds, software just about anything that will help you make money online.

As an affiliate the first question that will jump to the front of your mind is how much money can I make online by giving stuff away? I know because that would be the first question that I would ask too.

Well both these guys who are behind the product claim that they have made a lot of money doing just that and they will be showing you how to do it too. You also know that they will be showing you how to do it with a price tag associated with it.

But before you go off to get this shinny new toy please stop and take a good look at where you are in the make money online game. If you are just starting out as an affiliate marketer make sure that you know if this product, Launch Tree, can help you grow your business.

If you don’t think that it can improve your online income then you might want to sit this one out. However, if after reviewing it-you think that it will enhance your business then take a stab at it. But remember the golden rule in the “make money online” game: you must put the product to use.

You cannot buy the product, download it and do nothing and make money. So if you see that this is a good fit for you and you know that you will be making an effort to put in practice what the product says it will do, then make that decision and follow through with it.

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