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Impurity Inititive I - Commenced

VanadiumCorp and Mitacs (a branch of NSERC) are partnered to finance the project, which aims at developing a geometallurgical model for the Lac Dore Project. This project will focus on process definition for integration into further stages of development (pre-feasibility, pilot plant and feasibility) for the VanadiumCorp's Lac Dore Vanadium Project.  


A world class team is addressing 6 aspects related to the geo-metallurgy of the Lac Dore Project. This will cover many of the aspects of purity/impurity/contaminants of the Lac Dore vanadium content specific to the electrolyte. The doctorate project, to be conducted by Jean-Phillipe Arguin under the guidance of Professor Phillipe Pagé from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Réjean Girard from IOS Services Géoscientifiques, includes six aspects highlighted as critical by the currently on-going Preliminary Economic Study (PEA) specific to the Lac Dore Vanadium Project 100% owned by VanadiumCorp.


Scope of work:

  1. Doing numerical analysis of pulverisation data to calculate the work indexes at every samples.

  2. Detailed petrography of a transect to refine the internat stratigraphy and to characterize the grain boundaries and relationships across the deposit.

  3. Detailed classification of the samples across stratigraphy based on their chemistry, both on whole rock and Davis tube magnetite concentrate. Acquire trace element analysis

  4. Quantification of the contaminant elements present as solid solution in the magnetite and ilmenite, and study their zonation across the deposit

  5. Liberation analysis and study of the effect of the entrapped silicate on the chemistry of the concentrate.

  6. Built a geometallurgical model which can be incorporated into the resource definition model.

Impurity Inititive II - Status Pending


Scope of work:

  1. Identify key impurities, and their impact on VRFB health.

  2. Identify the types and the concentration of the impurities that might be present in the electrolyte by different vanadium electrolyte processing techniques.

  3. Conduct ex-situ and in-situ testing on the impact of impurities on the performance and durability of VRFB in order to determine the acceptable levels of impurities and establish a quality standard for vanadium electrolyte.

  4. Work with VanadiumCorp and its partners to provide input into processing techniques to produce vanadium electrolyte that meets the quality standard for use in vanadium flow batteries.

Process Integration Inititive - Status Pending

Scope of work:

  1. Analysis of available process technologies within VEPP

  2. Select ideal process(s), and formalize new initiative mandate

  3. Discussion regarding IP, patent considerations for flowsheet

  4. Construct flowsheet and development plan

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