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Battery Storage Is the Technological Cornerstone for a Sustainable Energy Future

Battery Storage Is the Technological Cornerstone for a Sustainable Energy Future

The energy sector has experienced a remarkable transformation, primarily driven by the rapid growth and integration of renewable energy sources. Central to this transition is the advancement of battery storage technology, a critical enabler that promises to reshape how we generate, distribute and consume electricity. As we examine this evolving landscape, it becomes evident that battery storage is a technological cornerstone for a sustainable energy future.

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Shifting Energy: The Copper Growth Story

Shifting Energy: The Copper Growth Story

In this episode of Shifting Energy (Season 1), Thalia Hayden @etfguide talks with Ed Coyne, Senior Managing Partner and Steve Schoffstall, Director of ETF Product Management at Sprott Asset Management about the copper growth story, what's driving it and the investment opportunities now and ahead.

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Uranium and Copper: The Elements of Energy

Uranium and Copper: The Elements of Energy

Electricity demand is expected to grow 86% by 2050. At the same time, most of the world is committed to seeking zero-carbon emissions and increasing nuclear energy capacity. At the center of this growth and transformation are uranium and copper – two critical materials that are in high demand and limited supply. These materials and their miners are potentially attractive investment opportunities.

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Global Investment Pours into Renewable Energy

Global Investment Pours into Renewable Energy

February was a lackluster month for critical materials, but the backdrop remains very positive. The global commitment to clean energy hit a new milestone in 2023 as investment in energy transition surged to an unprecedented $1.77 trillion, led by electrified transport. Over the past 10 years, investment in global energy transition has grown at a 24% compound annual rate, several times the global GDP growth rate.

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A New Era: How Critical Minerals are Driving the Global Energy Transition

A New Era: How Critical Minerals are Driving the Global Energy Transition

Critical minerals are essential for the global energy transition as we gradually phase out CO2-intensive energy sources with cleaner sources, including nuclear, solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy and greater use of electric vehicles (EVs). We believe the unique supply and demand dynamics for critical minerals will underpin potential investment opportunities in the years ahead.

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Shifting Energy: The Nuclear Energy Comeback and Uranium Powering It

Shifting Energy: The Nuclear Energy Comeback and Uranium Powering It

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, joins Thalia Hayden on Sprott’s new video series, Shifting Energy. They discuss surging uranium prices, the latest nuclear renaissance and potential investment opportunities. The series was created in partnership with ETF Guide to keep viewers on top of energy transition investment opportunities. 

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Copper: The Red Metal's Central Role in Powering Our Net-Zero Carbon Future

Copper: The Red Metal's Central Role in Powering Our Net-Zero Carbon Future

Today, in the United States alone, copper is a crucial element in nearly 7 million miles of electrical transmission and distribution wires. This white paper introduces the trends that are driving copper markets and copper miners, and explains our positive outlook for growth.

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Uranium Price Returns to Triple Digits

Uranium Price Returns to Triple Digits

Uranium price surged 11% in January to $101 per pound, fueled in part by Kazatomprom's cut in guidance for 2024 production by ~14%. Junior uranium miners were top performers for the month, climbing 18.78%. Supply uncertainties continue to dominate markets, given the situation in Niger and possible bans on Russian uranium. 

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The Emerging Renewable Energy Economy

The Emerging Renewable Energy Economy

A significant transition is underway in global energy production. The era of renewable energy is emerging and beginning to reshape power generation. Recent trends suggest that this shift is no fleeting phenomenon but a fundamental transformation powered by the relentless fall in renewable energy costs. The world is investing heavily in renewables. Some 62% of total global energy investment is now directed to clean energy.

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Sprott Uranium Update 2024

Sprott Uranium Update 2024

John Ciampaglia, CEO Sprott Asset Management, joins James Connor at the Bloor Street Capital Virtual Uranium Conference to examine the growing interest in the uranium market, the current state of the spot and contracting markets and Sprott’s movement in the space. 

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 Sprott is Bullish on Uranium as Governments Shift to the Energy Source

Sprott is Bullish on Uranium as Governments Shift to the Energy Source

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, sits down with Andrew Bell of BNN Bloomberg to discuss the uranium market and Sprott’s growth in the space. Campaglia: "We’ve been very active in educating the market and investors about the uranium thesis since we acquired the Uranium Participation Corporation in July of 2021."

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Top 10 Themes for 2024

Top 10 Themes for 2024

What forces are likely to drive energy transition materials and precious metals markets in 2024 and over the next decade? We discuss 10 critical macroeconomic and market-specific themes ranging from deglobalization and climate policy to the new commodity supercycle and a potential silver price breakout.

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Nuclear Waste: Dispelling Fears and Myths

Nuclear Waste: Dispelling Fears and Myths

Nuclear waste is not something to be feared. The care with which it is handled and stored contributes to the fact that nuclear power is one of the safest forms of baseload energy generation known to humanity. In this video, we dispel the many fears and concerns about spent nuclear fuel. 

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What a Year for Uranium and Nuclear Energy

What a Year for Uranium and Nuclear Energy

2023 provided the long-awaited inflection point for the uranium contracting cycle whereby we have finally achieved replacement rate levels. We believe the era of uranium inventory destocking and utility complacency is over. Long-term security of supply concerns, fanned by lingering geopolitical risks and the challenges of expanding primary production, are likely the key themes to watch.

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Future Facing Metals, Both Precious and Critical

Future Facing Metals, Both Precious and Critical

Replay our webcast which focused on how the global energy transition is changing the mining industry. Miners are shifting focus from a China-led commodity supercycle focused on industrialization and urbanization to a new cycle driven by clean energy and renewable energy technologies. Forward facing metals play a significant role in this dynamic.

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Lithium-Ion Technology Solidifies Lead in EV Battery Stakes

Lithium-Ion Technology Solidifies Lead in EV Battery Stakes

The long-term trajectory for EVs is positive despite the recent slowdown. The EV industry is navigating the typical challenges of early technology adoption, with continuous investments and technological advancements driving the transition to electrification. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are the preferred battery technology for EVs, thanks to their superior technical properties and significant investment in their development and infrastructure.

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Energy Security and the Shifting Focus from Oil to Critical Minerals

Energy Security and the Shifting Focus from Oil to Critical Minerals

As the United States advances in its pursuit of clean energy, it is strategically redirecting its energy security emphasis from oil to critical minerals. This dynamic shift is designed to decrease reliance on oil, and diminish the influence of oil geopolitics and the sway of petrostates such as Russia.

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Uranium Rally in Early Innings, Sprott Asset Management CEO Suggests

Uranium Rally in Early Innings, Sprott Asset Management CEO Suggests

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management joins CNBC's Fast Money to talk about the uranium market and share Sprott's views on the benefits of nuclear energy and the need for energy security.

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Silver Demand Grows as Solar Leads Renewables

Silver Demand Grows as Solar Leads Renewables

Uranium's performance helped the energy transition complex close higher in September. From a macro outlook, solar panels are emerging as a critical player in the global energy transition. Evolving technologies in renewable energy, especially in the solar space, are driving a surge in silver demand which may likely outpace supply over the next decade.

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Uranium Update with Bloor Street Capital

Uranium Update with Bloor Street Capital

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management: "Uranium has been one of the shining lights among commodities, given that it has had strong performance year to date. I think many investors are interested in what's going on in the uranium space, whether they are deeply involved in the trade or new to it. Investors are trying to understand the key drivers." 

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Uranium Rally Gains Power in September

Uranium Rally Gains Power in September

Uranium and uranium mining stocks posted their best month in two years, as the price of U3O8 reached a 12-year high. YTD as of 9/30/23, physical uranium has risen 51.88% and uranium mining equities have gained 23.93%. Positive sentiment toward nuclear power is growing, and the WNA estimates that uranium demand will double by 2040. Western nations are strategically maneuvering to reduce their dependence on Russia for both uranium supplies and related services.

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How the Uranium Market Works

How the Uranium Market Works

Per Jander, WMC Technical Advisor to Sprott Physical Uranium Trust, draws upon his years of experience as a uranium trader to reveal how the market works. Who are the buyers and sellers, how is uranium transacted and how will the market evolve moving forward? Per answers these questions and more to give investors a better understanding of the dynamics of the uranium trade.

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Pro-Nuclear Sentiment Ignites Uranium Opportunities

Pro-Nuclear Sentiment Ignites Uranium Opportunities

The global nuclear power industry is experiencing a revival. Geopolitical events and a surge in energy demand have shifted sentiment positively, with countries investing in new nuclear reactor builds, restarts and extensions. This has created a growth opportunity for uranium miners, especially as the uranium supply is facing challenges in meeting current and future demand.

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The Great Power Shift: Uranium, Battery Metals and the Energy Transition

The Great Power Shift: Uranium, Battery Metals and the Energy Transition

The clean energy transition and worldwide energy security goals are fueling a global power shift. This shift has reignited interest in nuclear power, accelerated electric vehicle (EV) adoption and spurred renewable energy deployment. In this environment, uranium, lithium, copper and other high-demand, short-supply critical minerals are vitally crucial — and potentially attractive as investment opportunities.

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Electric Vehicles and the Growing Opportunity for Lithium Miners

Electric Vehicles and the Growing Opportunity for Lithium Miners

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption has surged in recent years, creating unprecedented demand for lithium, a critical component of EV batteries. With lithium demand expected to rise substantially in the years ahead, lithium miners are at the nexus of the global EV transformation. 

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Uranium, Lithium, Copper, Gold and Silver and Changing Attitudes Toward Commodities

Uranium, Lithium, Copper, Gold and Silver and Changing Attitudes Toward Commodities

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management discusses why a higher uranium price will help incentivize much needed production for the world's growing nuclear fleet. John also discusses his outlook on gold, silver, copper, lithium and more.

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Growing Urgency to Modernize U.S. Power Grid

Growing Urgency to Modernize U.S. Power Grid

Given increased electricity demand and the risks posed by climate change, the U.S. power grid desperately needs modernization. There is an immediate need to expand the grid’s capacity, increase its resilience and support its most vulnerable components – the transmission and distribution lines. This is driving the development of energy storage systems and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology and is a major copper demand driver. 

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Sprott Update on Gold, Uranium and Battery Metals

Sprott Update on Gold, Uranium and Battery Metals

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, sits down with James Connor of Bloor Street Capital to discuss the current state of the gold market, the resilience of uranium compared to other commodities, the growth of the battery metals sector and Sprott’s focus on providing investors with access to energy transition investments. 

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The West Moves to Weaken China's Hold

The West Moves to Weaken China's Hold

Lithium and lithium miners staged a sharp rebound rally in May and were the positive exception among critical minerals. The sector was weighed down by China's faltering recovery, ongoing global growth concerns and the U.S. debt ceiling drama. China’s dominance in critical minerals poses risks to the West’s manufacturing base and national security, highlighting the need for onshoring and friend-shoring energy transition supply chains.

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Bloor Street Capital Virtual Copper Conference

Bloor Street Capital Virtual Copper Conference

Sprott Asset Management’s Shree Kargutkar, CFA, speaks with Bloor Street Capital’s Jimmy Connor at the May 11 Virtual Copper Conference. Shree discussed the supply/demand scenario for the metal and how it may change with the growth of electric vehicles, geopolitical factors impacting global copper mining and recent M&A activity in the sector. He and outlined the potential investment opportunity copper and its miners provide. 

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Nationalization and Surging M&A Highlight Secular Strength

Nationalization and Surging M&A Highlight Secular Strength

The long-term secular growth outlook for energy transition materials got several boosts in April, despite tepid performance for the month. Chile's decision to nationalize its lithium reserves reinforces the metal's role as a global strategic economic asset. M&A activity has heated up in the copper mining sector with lofty bids, including Glencore's $23 billion rejected offer for Teck Resources at a 20% premium.

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How Deglobalization is Changing the Dynamics of Securing Critical Minerals

How Deglobalization is Changing the Dynamics of Securing Critical Minerals

Commodity prices weakened in March in reaction to financial system stress and recession fears. As deglobalization accelerates, unfettered access to critical minerals is not likely to last. The old system of free and fair access to commodities, including critical minerals, is moving toward one marked by interregional competition, and unstable availability and pricing. China has moved aggressively to acquire critical minerals in the past 20, but we believe the West has near-unmatched capabilities and is a formidable competitor.

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Has the Next Commodities Supercycle Begun?

Has the Next Commodities Supercycle Begun?

February saw energy transition materials/critical minerals markets correct, but the secular story remains strong. As the global energy transition "arms race" heats up, the drive to secure supply is fast becoming more important than price. All signs indicate the 40-year bond bull market has likely ended and the next great secular bull market in commodities has begun.

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Critical Materials Start 2023 With a Bang

Critical Materials Start 2023 With a Bang

We believe we are in the early stages of an energy transition materials secular bull market and favorable supply-demand dynamics are likely going forward. The upward revision in global growth, the timing effect of the China credit impulse and the surprise ending of China's zero-COVID policy have provided a tailwind for the metals market. For energy transition metals, we see this as a cyclical boost on top of the robust secular demand that is in play.

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