A mining boom with a green twist

Environmental protection is behind soaring demand for the specialty minerals graphite and vanadium, and it’s fuelling the share prices of a host of miners.

Protecting the environment and mining have always seemed to be mutually exclusive, but when it comes to graphite and vanadium, the two hottest metals in an increasingly buoyant resources sector, it is the best of both worlds.

While totally different in composition, graphite and vanadium are carving out a future of strong demand and higher prices because they are brilliant at storing electricity, the holy grail of the renewable energy industry.

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