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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TSX Graphene Stock Alert: Lomiko (TSX-V: LMR), Graphene Labs and Stony Brook University Collaborate on Graphene Super-Capacitor and Next-Generation Battery Applications

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and NEW YORK, NEW YORK - May 29, 2013 (Investorideas.com mining stocks newswire) LOMIKO METALS INC. (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(LMRMF)(DH8B.F) (Europe: ISIN: CA54163Q1028, WKN: A0Q9W7) (the "Company") announces that the SUNY Research Foundation at Stony Brook University (RF), Graphene Laboratories, Inc. (Graphene Labs) and Lomiko Metals, Inc. have agreed to investigate novel, energy-focused applications for graphene.

"This new agreement with Stony Brook University's researchers means Lomiko is participating in the development of the technology graphene makes possible," commented Paul Gill, CEO of Lomiko. "Using graphene to achieve very high energy densities in super capacitors and batteries is a transformative technology. Strategically, Lomiko needs to be participating in this vital research to achieve the goal of creating a vertically integrated graphite and graphene business."
Under its Strategic Alliance Agreement with Lomiko, Graphene Labs -- a leading graphene manufacturer -- will process graphite samples from Lomiko's Quatre Milles property into graphene. The Research Foundation, through Stony Brook University's Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) and the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (Sensor CAT), will then examine the most efficient methods of using this graphene for energy storage applications. There is no certainty the proposed operation will be economically viable.
Graphene's remarkable properties, including its high conductivity, mechanical strength, and high specific surface area, make it an ideal electrode material for electrochemical devices used in clean energy applications. Graphene shows promise for super-capacitors and next-generation Li-ion batteries. Efficient energy storage is a cornerstone for a resilient and reliable energy transmission grid and graphene is a key element of the clean energy system.
For all parties involved, the goal of this collaboration is to map commercially viable routes for the fabrication of graphene-based energy storage devices. By participating in these projects, the partners will address the cost of graphene production, as well as how best to integrate the material into commercial energy storage devices.
The Lomiko and Graphene Labs Strategic Alliance
Lomiko and Graphene Labs have agreed to co-develop a vertically integrated supply chain that includes a secure supply of high-quality graphite, cost-effective and scalable processing, tight quality control and integration of graphene-based products in end-user products. The parties will capitalize on the secure supply of high quality graphite, provided by Lomiko, and the extensive customer database and expertise in graphene materials brought by Graphene Labs.
Lomiko has provided mineral samples from the Quatre Milles Project for natural high quality flake graphite for graphene conversion.
Under the Agreement, Graphene Labs will develop a feasible procedure for the purification of flake graphite for use in graphene production. They will also provide guidance on technologies tailored to the production of graphene and graphene-related materials.
The Agreement also calls for joint Research and Development and business, communications, and marketing strategy for end uses of the graphite and graphene products.
Lomiko also has the option to provide equity financing(s) to Graphene Labs on an exclusive basis for two years if it meets Graphene Labs funding requirement of raising at least $500,000 within eight months of the agreement, $1,000,000 within twelve (12) months and $2,000,000 within eighteen (18) months. If the requirements are not met, Lomiko loses exclusivity but maintains the right to participate in financings on a non-exclusive basis.
The Agreement is subject to approval by the TSX.
About Graphene Laboratories Inc.
Graphene Laboratories, Inc. primary focus is to apply fundamental science and technology to bring functional advanced materials and devices to market.
Graphene Laboratories Inc. operates the Graphene Supermarket® (www.graphene-supermarket.com), and is a leading supplier of advanced 2D materials to customers around the globe. In addition to the retail offering of advanced 2D materials, it offers analytical services, prototype development and consulting.
Located in Calverton NY, Graphene Labs benefits from the unique high tech community on Long Island. Efforts by Graphene Laboratories are supported by Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook Business Incubator, and the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), hosted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
For more information on Graphene Laboratories, Inc, visit www.graphenelabs.com or contact them at (516)-382-8649 or via email at info@graphenelabs.com.
About AERTC
Located in the Research and Development Park on the campus of Stony Brook University, the Advanced Energy Incubator is space that is home to companies within the Advanced Energy Center. The Advanced Energy Center (www.aertc.org), a New York Center of Excellence is a true partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and companies. Its mission is innovative energy research, education and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy.
About Sensor CAT
The New York State Center for Advanced Technology at Stony Brook University (http://www.usensors.com/SENSORCAT/), designated by the Empire State Development Corporation, Div. of Science Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), provides intellectual, logistical, and material resources for the development of new product technologies - by facilitating R&D partnerships between New York companies with an in-state footprint and university researchers. The important outcomes are new jobs, new patents, training of students in company product matters, and improved competitiveness for New York State businesses.
About Lomiko Metals Inc.
Lomiko Metals Inc. is a Canadian based exploration-stage company. Its mineral properties include the Quatre Milles Graphite Property and the Vines Lake property which both have had recent major discoveries. On October 22 and November, 13 2012, Lomiko Metals Inc. announced 11 drill holes had intercepted high grade graphite at the 3,780 Ha Quatre Milles Property. On March 15, 2013 Lomiko reported 75.3% of graphite tested was >200 mesh and classified as graphite flake with 38.36% in the >80 mesh, large flake category. 85.3% of test results higher than the 94% carbon purity considered high carbon content, with the median test result being 98.35%.
The highlight of Lomiko's testing was nine (9) sieve samples which captured flakes of varying sizes which tested 100.00% carbon. Both fine and flake material may be amenable to graphene conversion by Lomiko Metals Inc. partner Graphene Laboratories.
The project is located 175 km north of the Port of Montreal and 26 km from a major highway on a well-maintained gravel road.
On Behalf of the Board
A. Paul Gill, Chief Executive Officer
Contact:
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A. Paul Gill
604-729-5312
info@lomiko.com
www.lomiko.com

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Solar Stock Q&A with CEO of XsunX, Inc. (OTCQB: XSNX) Discussing Paradigm Shift in Solar Industry

Point Roberts, WA - May 22, 2013 (Investorideas.com newswire) Investorideas.com staff: Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in investing ideas in leading sectors including renewable energy stocks, issues an exclusive Q&A interview with Mr. Tom Djokovich, CEO of the solar company, XsunX, Inc. (OTCQB: XSNX). Mr. Djokovich shares insight into the paradigm shift within the solar industry and how his company has adjusted accordingly.

Q: Investorideas.com
In a recent press release you discussed a paradigm shift within the solar industry. Investors have seen firsthand how stocks reflected massive changes in this sector. Can you expand on that thought and on how your company has adjusted to these changes?
A: XsunX CEO Tom Djokovich
The good news is that PV installations worldwide are on track to increase about 19% this year, and most analysts see near 17% CAGR through 2020. Almost every nation or region now has a long-term renewable energy plan that includes a significant portion to solar. This is fantastic for the industry and XsunX. However, these numbers come on the heels of several years of overcapacity during which we saw intense completion, significant plant closures, and prices declining to levels that are below the typical production costs of many PV manufacturers. This had created huge declines in investor confidence.
During this period of shakeout and market rationalization, we felt that attempting to compete without any real differentiation could lead to rapid failure. So, XsunX adapted by focusing on the development of our CIGSolar® technology as a next-generation replacement technology for the use of silicon. With silicon, the dominant technology in use today, having been squeezed to virtually a zero margin business, the assumptions we made at the initial launch of our technology development (that low cost CIGS solar cells could replace silicon and revive margins), are still true today.
Q: Investorideas.com
The company also reported that Dr. John R. Tuttle had joined the Company's Advisory Board. Can you give an overview of his background and what he brings to the table for XsunX?
A: XsunX CEO Tom Djokovich
In my opinion, Dr. Tuttle is an entrepreneur and cutting edge scientist wrapped into one and that's not easy to find in the PV sector. He has over 30 years' experience during which he was a Senior Scientist at NREL, where his research guided the fabrication of thin-film CIGS PV devices, elevating the science with multiple world-record efficiencies, and he has shown success as an entrepreneur building a PV tech business from the ground up.
There are a lot of talented engineers and scientists in the industry that will deliver exactly what you ask for without regard for practicality. If you want examples, just look at the Solyndra project - great engineering - impractical application of the technology. In today's market, we were looking for someone that could help identify opportunities and ways to adapt our technology into markets that some may be overlooking. John is that type of person.
Q: Investorideas.com
Can you give us a brief overview of CIGSolar® technology and how that plays into the changes in the solar industry as you foresee it?
A: XsunX CEO Tom Djokovich
The general science of CIGS ( Copper Indium Gallium (di) Selenide) thin film solar cells is well known. The issues have been in transitioning world-class laboratory results into world-class, large-scale manufacturing systems. Therefore, you might say it isn't as much of a science challenge as an engineering application challenge. In looking at the problem, we decided to take a page from the hard disc-drive industry (a thin film industry) and apply some of the lessons' they have learned.
There are several ways to make CIGS and we use co-evaporation - the method that has produced the best efficiency results. Scaling co-evaporation has presented challenges, so our idea was to scale the number of controlled points of evaporation and not the evaporation technology itself. This is in essence what the hard disc industry did when they replaced large area manufacturing techniques with mass small area manufacturing methods. The results were passed along to consumers in the form of higher memory capacity and lower pricing. That's the effect we believe our CIGSolar® technology can provide to the industry.
Q: Investorideas.com
Tom, what do you see as both the biggest obstacles and opportunities for your company and the sector in general?
A: XsunX CEO Tom Djokovich
First, let me say that I think that the stars are aligning again for the industry. Several years of over-capacity has in many ways produced positive effects such as the elimination of numerous inefficient manufacturers, cost reductions that continue to make solar more and more attractive as a viable alternative to coal and nuclear, and a hundred gigawatts of installed capacity with hundreds more planned has increased PV's relevance as a mainstream source of power production.
The challenge that we see is working through the residual effects of the billions of dollars that were lost by investors and manufacturers in investments made into other thin film technologies such as amorphous silicon. The rapid decline in silicon pricing cut any value proposition offered by amorphous or non-coevaporation CIGS off at the knees. It took the market by surprise and what we are working to accomplish is to rebuild the confidence of investors in next-generation thin film manufacturing techniques.
The good news is that silicon pricing has stabilized - that makes it easier to predict longer-term value propositions in new technologies such as our CIGSolar®. In addition, with long-term renewable energy plans being adopted in developing regions worldwide we see more opportunities for CIGSolar®. The cost differences between deploying silicon manufacturing and CIGSolar® infrastructure are significant. This is why we have been responding to firms in those regions interested in deploying CIGSolar® as their technology choice.
About XsunX (OTCQB: XSNX)
XsunX, Inc. is working to commercialize a new manufacturing process to produce low cost, high efficiency thin-film Copper Indium Gallium (di) Selenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells. Our patent-pending processing technology, which we call CIGSolar®, focuses on the mass production of thin-film CIGS solar cells utilizing a proprietary multi-area thermal deposition process to minimize processing defects to create highly uniform CIGS films. These cells match silicon solar cell dimensions and can be offered as a non-toxic, high-efficiency and lowest-cost alternative to the use of silicon solar cells. The company is offering licenses for the use of the CIGSolar® process technology, and plans to generate revenue through licensing fees and manufacturing royalties for the use of the CIGSolar® technology.
For more information please call XsunX at 888-797-4527, or visit the company's website at www.xsunx.com
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Solar Stock XsunX, Inc. (OTCQB: XSNX) Reports Dr. John Tuttle Comes on Board to Strengthen CIGS Technological and Business Capabilities

ALISO VIEJO, CA - May 20, 2013 (Investorideas.com renewable energy newswire) Solar stock, XsunX, Inc. (OTCQB: XSNX), the developer of CIGSolar®, a patent-pending technology for the mass production of CIGS solar cells that offers a capital-efficient, low-cost alternative to the use of silicon solar cells, today announced that the Dr. John R. Tuttle had joined the Company's Advisory Board. "John's extensive entrepreneurial background and comprehensive knowledge of the Cleantech industry is the perfect addition to XsunX at just the right time," stated XsunX CEO, Tom Djokovich.

Over the last several years, the Company has been developing its CIGSolar® technology while navigating the solar industry-wide restructuring. Recently XsunX began its transition from focusing on its CIGSolar baseline system design and build-out to marketing of its CIGSolar® technology. The next logical step was the addition of a seasoned industry innovation and business development veteran to aid in this transition and further development of XsunX's business relationships with customers and investors.
"There's been a paradigm shift occurring at virtually every level of the solar industry including, and most significantly, how business, the capital markets, and project finance assess the value of the solar industry as a whole and, more specifically, the value of any particular technology," added XsunX CEO Tom Djokovich. "Our current requirement was to find someone with world-class CIGS experience and someone who could also 'think outside of the box' -- or in the CIGS business -- outside of the vacuum chamber to commercialize technology. Dr. Tuttle's years of noteworthy experience at NREL elevating the science and capabilities of CIGS, and his experience transitioning innovation into operational results provides XsunX with the hands-on capabilities that we were looking for," concluded Mr. Djokovich.
Dr. Tuttle brings 30 years of experience in the semiconductor & photovoltaic industries to XsunX, and for the last several years has focused on assisting with operational and capital management of early-stage companies in the Cleantech sector. Previously, he was the co-founder, Chief Executive & Chairman of DayStar Technologies, Inc. where he took the company from 3 employees to an operational organization with world-class development and pilot production facilities, achieving an over 900% value creation for its IPO shareholders.
From 1986-1997, Dr. Tuttle held the position of Senior Scientist at NREL where his research guided the fabrication of thin-film CIGS PV devices with multiple world-record efficiencies. He has authored/co-authored over 70 publications, 14 Patent's / Patent applications, and conducted over 100 presentations about technology & business development. Dr. Tuttle holds a Ph.D. in EE from the University of Colorado , an M.S. from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.S in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University . Dr. Tuttle is joining as Senior Scientific and Business Advisor to XsunX.
About XsunX
XsunX, Inc. is working to commercialize a new manufacturing process to produce low cost, high efficiency thin-film Copper Indium Gallium (di) Selenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells. Our patent-pending processing technology, which we call CIGSolar®, focuses on the mass production of thin-film CIGS solar cells utilizing a proprietary multi-area thermal deposition process to minimize processing defects to create highly uniform CIGS films. These cells match silicon solar cell dimensions and can be offered as a non-toxic, high-efficiency and lowest-cost alternative to the use of silicon solar cells. The company is offering licenses for the use of the CIGSolar® process technology, and plans to generate revenue through licensing fees and manufacturing royalties for the use of the CIGSolar® technology.
For more information please call XsunX at 888-797-4527, or visit the company's website at www.xsunx.com
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Solar Stocks Snapshot; Solar City (SCTY), XsunX, Inc. (OTCQB: XSNX), Canadian Solar (CSIQ), LDK Solar (LDK)

Point Roberts, WA - May 20, 2013 (Investorideas.com renewable energy newswire) Investorideas.com staff: Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in investing ideas in leading sectors including renewable energy stocks issues a snapshot for solar stocks for last week�s trading session.

SolarCity Corporation (NasdaqGM: SCTY) closed strong in Friday's session, ending at $45.00, gaining 9.31 or 26.09% on over 7/8 million shares.
The company announced a lease financing agreement with Goldman Sachs (GS) to fund more than $500 million in solar power projects; an estimated 110 megawatts in generation capacity for homeowners and businesses.
Investorideas.com Newswire Last week XsunX, Inc. (OTCQB: XSNX), the developer of CIGSolar®, a patent-pending technology for the mass production of CIGS solar cells that offers a capital-efficient, low-cost alternative to the use of silicon solar cells, announced that the Dr. John R. Tuttle had joined the Company's Advisory Board. "John's extensive entrepreneurial background and comprehensive knowledge of the Cleantech industry is the perfect addition to XsunX at just the right time," stated XsunX CEO, Tom Djokovich. The stock traded above average volume on the news.
Canadian Solar Inc. (NasdaqGS: CSIQ) closed Friday at $7.84, gaining 0.76 or 10.73% on volume of 2,933,898 shares. Last week the company announced the successful expansion of its partner Romano Sustainable Solutions in Africa. Romano, a pioneer company in the South African photovoltaic (PV) industry, was recently awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 360 kW PV solar system installation. The roof top installation will be on the Johannesburg headquarters of Eskom, the largest producer of electricity in Africa.
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LDK) closed Friday at $1.52, up 0.14 or 10.14% on 3,431,009 shares. On Thursday they announced signing a wafer supply contract with Realforce Power Co., Ltd, a photovoltaic (PV) company located in Shandong Province, China. Under the terms of the agreement, LDK Solar will provide 120 million 6-inch wafers, totalling approximately 500 megawatts (MW), with shipments commencing in May 2013 through December 2014
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Investing Ideas: Launch of the first soy-based gesso for artists, and a line of soy-based industrial scenic art paints and products

IS YOUR ART KILLING YOU?

(www.investorideas.com renewable energy newswire ) A documentary on the pioneering of sustainable art products, the work of artist Marshall Carbee, is seeking Kickstarter funding to expose the paint industry's dirty little secret - that even the low-VOC paints approved by the EPA have been declared safe only for the environment, all the while often being quite harmful to humans.

VOCs stands for volatile organic compounds. "Don't be fooled by the word 'organic,'" says Executive Producer Nanci Crosbie. "They are chemical compounds - 'organic' only because they contain carbon, found in all living things."

It is the "volatile" that is the safety risk. It means that these paints easily become gases. If you have ever painted a bedroom or a canvas, that strong smell that is noticeable for the first few days comes from the chemicals in the paint turning into vapors.

The problem is, long after we stop noticeably smelling those compounds, the chemicals continue to seep into the air over the lifetime of the paint. That beautiful work of art hanging on your wall, that cute color for your baby's nursery - they are actually sending off unnoticeable fumes that are likely toxic, according to artist Marshall Carbee who says others must be alerted to this danger.

Carbee first became aware of the problem while working as a scenic artist in New York City. Scenics are the artists who create the illusions of other times and places by painting the sets of movies and plays.

"Our days are long," says Carbee, "but I noticed that when we struck the sets and our work was done, the job was often not done with us. Many scenics developed long-term health problems most likely from working with hazardous scenic art materials - even paints that were certified as having low-VOCs."

When Carbee saw his fellow scenics develop chronic illnesses, he began to look for safer alternatives for artists. Shockingly, he discovered that there were none. So, he set out on a mission to create paints that were safer for people and safer for the planet - the first truly sustainable paints.

Carbee's quest for a better future for paints ended up taking him backwards in time. Mankind has been painting since caves were our canvas, long before we relied upon petroleum and harmful chemicals.

In 2008, Carbee search led him to Eco Safety Products, a relatively small soy-based coatings manufacturer in Phoenix, Arizona. Their CEO, John Bennett, had built a company that pioneered using soy-based formulations for paint rather than petroleum. The results were actually paints that were not only better healthier for people, but yielded much better performance, as well.

The artist/entrepreneur and CEO began working together towards a shared vision of sustainability. They developed the first soy-based gesso for artists, and a line of soy-based industrial scenic art paints and products.

Inspired by how Nature allows for the creation of paints without any chemicals, Marshall Carbee began to explore to what degree he could partner with the Earth itself in creating art. This led not only to his using sustainable materials, but to giving nature the creative lead in his painting methods.

"Now my goal is to touch the art as little as possible," says Carbee of his unique work. "I use natural soy to prepare the canvas and then use the colors of the nearby environment to create the paints. Then I leave the canvas outside, sometimes for months at a time, and let wind, rain, and the curve of the Earth itself 'paint' the ultimate piece."

The documentary will feature the results, which are often stunning: like looking at the Grand Canyon or the Great Lakes in miniature, only filled with dozens of colors. Carbee even harnesses what we usually consider nature at its most destructive - some of his most famous paintings have been created while canvases whipped through the high winds and rolled on the ground during hurricanes.

Carbee's hope is that the documentary will inspire the next step. "No more finger painting in schools with paints that could be toxic. No more paint-caused illnesses for artists. No more dangerous VOCs in our homes. Contribute to our Kickstarter campaign, and join us in giving people a better choice for their children, their homes, and their art."
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Marshall Carbee
Check out our Kickstarter project through May 23:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/163781639/is-your-art-killing-you-paint-make-it-fun-make-it





Two Carbee bio-paint earth paintings, private collection, Sonoma County, California
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