Using Graphite in the Defense Industries

Great Lakes Graphite Inc., doing business as NovoCarbon Corporation, recently announced that the Company is taking up graphite-related business opportunities from the US Department of Defense.

Highlights

  • Graphite-related opportunities from the US Department of Defense have been identified.
     
  • Earlier this year, high-level meetings related to one of the opportunities were conducted.
     
  • NovoCarbon is well placed to satisfy a domestic requirement for battery-grade graphite.

Business Development Opportunities are Created by US Government Strategy that Secures Critical Minerals

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is the procurement arm of the US Department of Defense (DOD) and has been given the task of fulfilling a need to strengthen the supply chains for several critical minerals, including graphite. The excerpt from a recent DLA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) given below expresses the requirement:

“The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is seeking to identify a domestic capability that demonstrates the ability to source and manufacture battery-grade graphite, both natural and synthetic. Specialty refined and upgraded graphite is a critical input material in multiple supply chains of the DLA. Graphite is an integral component in batteries (lithium-ion, alkaline, lithium primary and reserve types), conductive coatings, refractories, brake systems, lubricants, paints, powdered metal compounds and other critical parts. Defense weapon systems use various strategic and critical materials of which there is very limited domestic production of these materials and therefore a risk of foreign reliance.”

The BAA (DLA-18-BAA-RIF-0002) required interested parties to respond by submitting white papers, which were due in early May. The DLA assesses white papers and submitters who successfully satisfy the criteria to proceed will be called to submit a complete proposal. The DLA will evaluate the proposals, which will form the basis for one or more contract awards.

Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF), which serves a number of Federal entities, has offered the financial support for this BAA:

“The Rapid Innovation Fund provides a collaborative vehicle for small businesses to provide the department with innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific defense needs.”

NovoCarbon Attends High-Level Meetings in Washington, DC and Submits White Paper

CEO Paul Gorman traveled to Washington, DC earlier this year to take part in high-level meetings with personnel at the Department of Energy as well as at the Department of Defense. The meetings offered a chance to gain better insights into the overall goals that are being followed to tackle supply chain problems and also to start introducing the Company as a prospective new supplier.

After the meetings, NovoCarbon created a response to this first chance by fulfilling the requirements in the initial phase. The Company submitted materials, including a brief white paper that puts forward initial steps to improve the resiliency of the supply chain for highly processed graphite needed for the production of energy storage systems and batteries.

NovoCarbon is Well Positioned to Fulfill the Requirement for Battery-Grade Graphite

While there is certainly no guarantee of success, we are confident in our prospects and are highly encouraged by the preliminary feedback we have received in meetings with personnel at the Department of Defense. Meanwhile, we have become aware of additional opportunities that are available through the DOD and are preparing to pursue them. We are being supported by the team at J. A. Green & Company, whose assistance has been invaluable.

Paul Gorman, CEO

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by NovoCarbon, Inc.

For more information on this source, please visit NovoCarbon, Inc.

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