As Europe scales up its lithium demands, along with further pressures from Asian and North American manufacturers, the benefactors who will be responsible for supplying those extra demands will be the world's lithium companies, including QMC Quantum Minerals Corp. (TSX-V: QMC) (OTC: QMCQF), Albemarle (NYSE: ALB), FMC Lithium (NYSE: FMC), Orocobre Limited (TSX: ORL) (OTC: OROCF), and Pure Energy Minerals (TSX-V: PE) (OTC: PEMIF).

An additional €200 million (US$235.53 million) was allocated by the European Commission as part of its Horizon 2020 program, designed to incentivize further innovation and research in targeted areas. This injection is on top of the already €150 million the commission had devoted to battery research and innovation.

As much of the world's lithium demands are coming from the consumer electronics market, the coinciding surge in grid storage and infrastructure upgrade demands is often overlooked. While analysts point to Electric Vehicles (EVs) and portable devices as the driver for lithium's boom, renewable and grid storage applications of lithium-ion battery technology are expected to surpass the USD $12 billion mark by 2024.

To meet those rising demands, most of the world's current lithium production comes from a small handful of large companies, while fresh ideas and exploration are coming from forward-looking junior companies that are working hard to bring on the world's next new lithium supplies.

One new lithium player making its mark as a result of this wave of new lithium demand is QMC Quantum Minerals Corp. (TSX-V: QMC) (OTC: QMCQF), which is seeking to put Canada's hard-rock lithium reserves firmly on the map. Through developing a large historical resource in Manitoba, QMC is banking on capturing the advantages of operating in one of the most mining friendly jurisdictions in the world.

Meanwhile, the majors aren't holding back their efforts to also expand their lithium reserves, and developing their assets to bolster development and race to meet rising demand. These companies include Albemarle (NYSE: ALB), FMC Lithium (NYSE: FMC), Orocobre Limited (TSX: ORL) (OTC: OROCF), and Pure Energy Minerals (TSX-V: PE) (OTC: PEMIF).

EU'S IMPACT ON LITHIUM DEMAND 

Under the "strategic work programme" Horizon 2020, funds from the European Commission will be directed towards innovation and research in a variety of areas. The funding will work in congruence with the coordinated efforts of academics and industry, which too have been endowed with approximately €30 billion in total funding from the European Union.

The primary push from the latest cash injection has been targeted towards more lithium-ion battery research and development particularly regarding the electrification of transport, and the commission's goals outlined in its "Delivering on low emission mobility" paper.

"From an industrial perspective, the growth in demand will require major investments in the battery value chain between now and 2025, including a massive upscale of battery cell manufacturing," the European Commission stated in the paper.

"We are therefore presented with a clear opportunity for Europe to attract investments along the value chain to the EU. Europe therefore needs to urgently take decisive steps towards establishing a complete value-chain for the development and manufacturing of advanced batteries in the EU."

Much of the draw on battery demands will also come from the dawn of a renewable energy revolution on the continent. Germany alone saw its annual electricity demand from renewable energy sources grow to 30% of the country's total output in 2015.

And the European Commission wasn't done with its impact just with the Horizon 2020 funding. The EU's regulatory arm also recently proposed a 30% reduction in CO2 from cars by 2030, forcing yet another shock to lithium demands, and sparking car manufacturers from around the world to ramp up their EV production for consumers scrambling to get away from the catalytic converter.

UK NOT TO BE OUTDONE 

Soon-to-be Ex-EU member state, the UK, is also throwing its hat into the battery business, having set up the "Faraday Challenge" over the next two years-an investment totaling £246 million (US$320 million).

First announced in the spring of this year, the UK's promised funding is set to be feathered out over a four year span as part of the government's current industrial strategy of holding competitions.

"The work that we do through the Faraday Challenge will - quite literally - power the automotive and energy revolution where, already, the UK is leading the world," said British Business Secretary and Minister Greg Clark earlier this year.

So far the push in the UK is working, as registrations of Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEVs) have increased 1,864% since 2011. And it's no wonder British drivers are making the switch, as there is a looming ban on sales of all petroleum powered vehicles by 2040.

QMC QUANTUM MINERALS PRIMED FOR DEVELOPMENT 

With all signs pointing towards an ongoing rise in demand coming from Europe and other continents in the world for lithium-based battery technology, the time is right for newcomers in the lithium production space to emerge-Canadian junior mining company QMC Quantum Minerals presents a strong case for being next in line.

By focusing its development in the extremely mining friendly jurisdiction of Manitoba, Canada, QMC has positioned itself in the second best mining district on the planet, according to a global survey.

Manitoba has everything a miner could ask for, including very competitive tax regimes, smooth and efficient permitting procedures, with consistent and fair environmental regulations and land-claim handling.

These advantages factored heavily into QMC's decision to pursue their current lithium development project. Now known as the Cat Lake Lithium Property, QMC acquired what was formerly known as the Irgon Mine back in 2016.

Since then, the company has actively pursued the potential that their team knows to be there.

The Cat Lake property is only 20km away from the world-class Tanco Mine, which was once North America's largest and sole producer of spodumene (Lithium).

Historical drilling spanning 1953-54 on the Cat Lake discovery yielded a massive resource estimate of 1.2 million tonnes, grading 1.51% Li20 over a 365-meter strike length, and to a depth of 213 meters. Should those historical estimates hold up today, QMC is sitting on a very significant amount of lithium that in today's market would be a no-brainer to bring to production, either through an off-take agreement with a buyer, or through conventional means.

The geological brain trust inside QMC stands firm that there's no reason to doubt the estimates of yesteryear, and are already actively drilling and stripping their way towards bringing the resource estimate into modern day compliance.

The belief is that with more development work, the team can not only prove up the lithium resource, but also extend the known strike length, and increase that tonnage in play.

With an onslaught of new lithium-ion battery developers, and a sea change towards drivers parking EVs in every garage by 2040, there's reason to believe there's a potential off-take buyer (either already established or soon-to-be formed from the EC and UK's R&D injections) that will come and finance the rest of the way toward QMC's eventual production in the coming years.

But as Europe is set to push demand up, it'll have to compete with Chinese buyers first, as China's lithium prices just hit a record high last month. With lithium prices not looking to slump any time soon, there will be pressure on the market for quick-to-turnaround lithium sources like QMC Quantum Mineral's Cat Lake Project in the crosshairs of the next round of buyers.

POTENTIAL COMPARABLES  

Albemarle (NYSE: ALB)

Albemarle Corporation globally develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals. The company offers lithium compounds, including lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, and lithium specialties and reagents for applications in lithium batteries, high performance greases, thermoplastic elastomers for car tires, rubber soles and plastic bottles, catalysts for chemical reactions, organic synthesis processes, life science, pharmaceutical, and other markets; cesium products for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries; and zirconium, barium, and titanium products for pyrotechnical applications. Albemarle Corporation was founded in 1994 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

FMC Lithium (NYSE: FMC)

FMC Lithium is a subsidiary of the FMC Corporation, which is a diversified chemical company, that provides solutions, applications, and products for the global agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets. FMC Lithium offers lithium for use in batteries, polymers, pharmaceuticals, greases and lubricants, glass and ceramics, and other industrial uses. FMC Corporation was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Orocobre Limited (TSX: ORL) (OTC: OROCF)

Orocobre Limited explores for and develops lithium and potash deposits in Argentina. Its flagship project is the Salar de Olaroz lithium project located in north-west province of Jujuy. The company also produces boron minerals and refined chemicals. Orocobre Limited is based in Milton, Australia.

Pure Energy Minerals Limited (TSX-V: PE) (OTCQX: PEMIF)

Pure Energy Minerals Limited is a lithium exploration and development company that engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties. Its primary project includes the Clayton Valley South Lithium Brine Project located in Clayton Valley, Esmeralda County, Nevada. The company was formerly known as Harmony Gold Corp. and changed its name to Pure Energy Minerals Limited in October 2012. Pure Energy Minerals Limited was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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CHICAGO, Nov. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Signify Research recently reported in its Ultrasound Equipment World Report that the ultraportable ultrasound market grew 40% from 2016 to 2017.  It is expected to grow 20% per annum from 2017 to 2022 due to improvements in performance and increasing availability. This compares to an overall ultrasound equipment market annual growth rate between 3 to 5%. 

Clarius C3 Wireless Scanner
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World Market for Handheld Ultrasound Grows by 40%
World Market for Handheld Ultrasound Grows by 40%

"Thanks to the efforts of our direct sales team and distribution partners, we have delivered more than 1600 systems to date in 2017, our first year of commercial activities," said Clarius CEO, Laurent Pelissier. "This represents 16% market share in the ultraportable ultrasound segment. It's exhilarating to be part of this rapidly growing segment of the ultrasound equipment market."

Clarius Ultrasound Scanners are intended for use as a high-resolution visual stethoscope for clinicians to conduct scans and to guide short procedures. The Clarius C3 Tri-scanner is designed to image all parts of the body including abdomen, lungs, heart and superficial structures; it incorporates a virtual phased array mode for cardiac imaging, as well as a linear array mode for shallow imaging.  The Clarius L7 is a high frequency, high resolution scanner designed specifically for guiding procedures and imaging superficial structures.  

"The latest handheld ultrasound devices are much improved, both in terms of performance, such as image quality and power management, and usability," said Simon Harris, Principal Analyst at Signify Research. "[They] will continue to gain acceptance in point of care applications and, to a lesser extent, traditional applications such as radiology, urology, cardiovascular and women's health."

Clarius differentiates itself from its competitors by offering superior image quality and the ability to image wirelessly on a variety of devices, from iPhones and iPads to Android tablets. Clarius Scanners are also powered by a removeable and rechargeable battery, which enables its users to switch batteries instead of waiting for scanners to recharge.  The scanners feature a rugged magnesium case and are fully submersible for cleaning. They can also be encased in a sterile bag to prevent infection during procedures.

Clarius Mobile Health will be exhibiting a the RSNA conference in Chicago from November 26 to December 1, 2017 in the South Hall at booth 3553.

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STOCKHOLM, November 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

H&D Wireless, Swedish leading supplier of IoT, cloud and platform solutions, will delivers track and positioning technology to the entertainment centre of Exploria, for better visibility of visitors' children. The 20,000 square meter play centre now becomes H&D Wireless's first customer in the fast-growing IoT segment indoor positioning with a two year agreement.

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GEPS for Hospitality is the name of the IoT service, which will help parents to follow their children in Sweden's largest play land Exploria, outside Stockholm. The simple solution is a smart bracelet equipped with the new service, which allows parents to follow their child's position in real time via an app on the phone.

"The business value lies in all data generated by the visitors", says Pär Bergsten, CEO, H&D Wireless. "How often and how much time the children spend in the different areas in the playground, reveals what attractions are more or less attractive, and how the flow of movement appears in the playground as a whole. It is just the kind of real-time data that is rapidly scaled up to become indispensable in major industrial processes."

"We are proud to be the first in Sweden and Europe to offer a smart indoor positioning service that will give our guests an even better experience", says Mikael Andreasson, CEO, Exploria AB. "Now, the parents can calm down, knowing where the children are all the time."

With a precision that can be measured from metres down to decimetres, H&D Wireless Tracking and Positioning Technology, is highly efficient for businesses that need real-time data linked to their business systems. Indoor positioning is a growing area with many profitable using areas, and is seen by many as a central part of the transition to the fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0.

With GEPS for Industry, H&D Wireless offers a world-leading RTLS solution within Industrial IoT for positioning services - pre-configured for SAP users. Pär Bergsten believes that the biggest advantage with H&D Wireless positioning technology is the wide range of services it offers.

"The positioning itself is the foundation. This allows up to 50 percent increase in utilization rate, if you constantly know where all the equipment is," Pär Bergsten said. "This leads to both lower costs and faster production. But in addition to that, we have an artificial analysis for all data coming in. Where are the bottlenecks in the logistics? When and under what circumstances do they happen? This information goes into the business system automatically, which is a huge advantage in terms of manually managing inventory and input manually."

GEPS for Industry was launched this spring and has further strengthened Swedish H&D Wireless position in the fast-growing wireless real-time tracking market (RTLS). The market for Smart Factory and Industrial IoT is growing sharply and is estimated to be worth more than $225 billion in 2021 (Markets and Markets Research).

Within a short amount of time, H&D Wireless intends to list the company's shares on Nasdaq First North. The company also carries out a new share issue with preference for existing shareholders beginning on November 24, which will provide the company with SEK 24 million if the issue is fully subscribed. The company has received capital injections of SEK 25 million in autumn 2016 and SEK 18 million in the spring of 2017.

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H&D Wireless is a Swedish Internet of Things cloud and platform system provider. Its Griffin IoT cloud platform is an end-to-end system solution containing world-class wireless modules, cloud services with analytics and artificial intelligence and smartphone applications for smart homes and enterprises. Since 2016, the company offers Griffin Enterprise Positioning Service (GEPS™) as a cloud service for indoor positioning of physical things in business processes. H&D Wireless was founded in 2009 and is among Sweden's fastest growing and most decorated IoT companies, with more than 1,100,000 wireless products shipped to date for IoT, M2M solutions across the globe.

About Exploria: 

Exploria in Botkyrka, Stockholm, is the largest indoor entertainment centre in Europe with 20,000 square metres of theme worlds, bowling and climbing frames. Housed in the old Coops building (a large Swedish food chain), Exploria hosts theme worlds with everything from dinosaurs to climbing frames, go-karts and conference facilities.

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HONG KONG, Nov 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Reolink today announced its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, offering up to 30% discounts on a wide selection of security cameras and systems. Customers can join the savings battle from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27, 2017 PST.

For full details of Reolink Black Friday & Cyber Monday promotion, please visit https://reolink.com/holiday-promotions/.

"To make the early buyers and late comers enjoy equal chance to save big, we are offering security camera deals and promotions throughout the holiday week," said Pam Cheung, the marketing manager of Reolink, "On top of free shipping, we will also deliver the products as quickly as possible so that our customers can get 'real' holiday deals."

So that more customers can benefit from its cutting-edge technology, Reolink also offers deep savings for its star product of the year, Reolink Argus, as well as other popular products.

Top Reolink Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

  • Best Seller Wire Free Battery Security Camera Reolink Argus - $79.99 (20% off)
  • Newest Indoor Smart Home PT Security Camera Reolink C1 Pro - $74.99 (16% off)
  • 5MP High Speed Dome WiFi Security IP Camera RLC-423WS - $195.99 (30% off)
  • Most Popular 4MP PoE Security IP Camera RLC-410S - $69.99 (22% off)
  • 4MP Dual-Band WiFi Security IP Camera RLC-410WS - $79.99 (20% off)
  • 16-Channel 4MP PoE Security Camera System RLK16-410B8 - $799.99 (20% off)

Explore more Reolink Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Reolink official store.

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Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale Hours: Nov. 23Nov. 27, 2017 PST

More Ways to Save: Customers can join the #ReolinkCaptures program or #ReolinkPhotoShow2017 and have the chance to win up to 20% off coupons and even a free Reolink Argus. 

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Reolink, a leading provider of home security products and camera solutions, has been dedicated to delivering advanced and high-quality consumer security cameras/systems and reliable solutions for home and business. The products range from PoE security cameras/systems, wireless security cameras/systems, to wire-free battery-powered security cameras, which are widely used in home surveillance, business surveillance, baby monitoring, etc. Reolink products are available and sold worldwide, providing video surveillance and protection for millions of homes and families.

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Système sur puces à haut rendement énergétique, conçu pour les connectivités de l'IdO à bande étroite et GSM/GPRS

HSINCHU, Taïwan, 24 novembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaTek a annoncé son tout nouveau jeu de puces, le MT2621, le premier système sur puce (SoC) bi-mode du secteur, conçu pour les applications de l'Internet des objets avec l'IdO à bande étroite de version 14 (Release 14, R14) et une connectivité GSM/GPRS. Le jeu de puces MT2621 à haut rendement énergétique fournit des technologies cellulaires bi-mode pour l'IdO et assure une consommation d'énergie minimale. Il prend en charge au mieux le développement d'un large éventail de dispositifs connectés, notamment les moniteurs d'activité et d'autres dispositifs portables, les capteurs de sécurité de l'IdO, les compteurs intelligents et des applications industrielles diverses.

Le MT2621 est doté d'une conception hautement intégrée avec une plateforme de connectivité complète lui permettant de fonctionner sur les réseaux GSM/GPRS actuels, mais également sur les réseaux de l'IdO à bande étroite, avec pour résultat une couverture de l'IdO et des capacités d'appel téléphonique excellentes. Les fonctions de connectivité de pointe, conçues dans le jeu de puces MT2621, satisfont aux besoins de l'infrastructure des réseaux cellulaires GSM et du futur réseau de l'IdO à bande étroite, ce qui devrait alimenter la prochaine étape de croissance du marché de l'IdO.

Le nouveau MT2621 requiert simplement une carte SIM et une antenne pour couvrir les deux réseaux cellulaires, avec une double fonctionnalité de mis en veille (SSDS). Cela permet d'avoir un seul numéro UICC et de téléphone portable pour les deux réseaux, même lorsqu'ils fonctionnent en même temps, le résultat étant une conception simplifiée et rentable permettant aux fabricants de commercialiser leurs dispositifs plus rapidement. Le jeu de puces intègre un module avant à large bande, qui prend en charge les bandes ultra-faibles, faibles et moyennes à travers le monde.

En son cœur, le MT2621 est alimenté par un microcontrôleur Armv7, avec flash interne et PSRAM. Le jeu de puces prend en charge les interfaces visuelles et sonores pour les périphériques et intègre le Bluetooth 4.2, pour se connecter à d'autres dispositifs à proximité.

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ZUG, Switzerland, Nov. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at Blockchain Summit - Crypto Valley, Blue Foundation announced the launch of the Bluenote, a new blockchain-based currency to stimulate investment in zero-emission cities. The first Bluenote projects leveraging the blockchain platform will be investments in emission-reducing technology upgrades of commercial office buildings.

The initial coin offering (ICO) for the Bluenote token sale has already launched for private investors and will be open to the public shortly.

Thirty percent of global CO2 emissions are caused by buildings and the electricity they consume. At the same time, energy-efficiency investments have been shown to be the least-expensive method of reducing CO2 emissions.

The initial building retrofit projects will demonstrate how the platform can create new markets to identify, finance and implement replicable projects that achieve environmental, economic and social benefit. The Bluenote will operate on an open and transparent platform, allowing any number of "Blue" projects to upload their raw performance data and receive a community-verified calculation of the carbon-emission reduction or social impact – a permanent, tradable attribute that is traceable to its data source.

The launch of Bluenote comes on the heels of last week's discussions among international climate experts at the 23rd annual COP23 conference in Bonn, Germany, where the world's climate negotiators sounded a clarion call for major new investment in low-carbon strategies. Bluenote will fulfill the need articulated by the conference's attendees – in particular by unlocking the opportunity for $1.5 trillion in new climate investments each year in order to meet the goals of the Paris Accords. 

"If the world is going to succeed in meeting its climate goals, someone needs to prove that investing in carbon reduction is good for the bottom line," said Michiel Frackers, chairman of the Blue Foundation. Jeremy Adelman, energy venture capitalist and Bluenote co-founder adds: "Markets will only open up to a broader range of greenhouse gas-reduction strategies with greater, more-granular transparency. You need to build trust that the impacts are real and that the investments pencil out."

Private capital and markets have played a role in carbon emission reduction policies when outcomes are easy-to-measure – such as renewable energy-generation at its meter – but fail to take off when results are harder to measure. The Bluenote data-analysis platform will bridge this gap, leveraging the transparency and auditability of blockchain to help users streamline and even automate data analysis and gain insights to fuel and justify investments. Third parties will be able to develop other modules to analyze their own unique emission reduction projects.

The Bluenote Team: Includes seasoned entrepreneurs, energy and technology executives from the United States, Europe and Asia.

Blue Foundation. The Blue Foundation is a Swiss-based foundation working to lead the transition to zero-emission cities by 2050. The Foundation focuses on global projects that can identify and accelerate the best solutions that achieve the triple-bottom line of the "Blue" economy: environmental value, economic value and social value. 

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• The Enel Group has been awarded in Mexico the right to sign a number of contracts for 15-year energy supply and 20-year clean certificates supply with four wind projects;
• The award follows Enel’s success in the two previous tenders since Mexico’s energy reform, once again confirming its leadership in the country’s renewable sector;
• The Group will be investing around 700 million US dollars in the construction of the plants.

Enel S.p.A. ("Enel"), acting through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Rinnovabile S.A. de C.V. (“ERinnovabile”), has been awarded the right to sign a number of contracts in Mexico to supply energy and clean certificates with four wind projects for a total capacity of 593 MW in the country’s third long-term public tender since its energy reform. The award follows Enel’s success in the two previous tenders, once again confirming its position as the largest renewable player in Mexico in terms of installed capacity and project portfolio.

“We are thrilled about yet another great success in Mexico, a core market for us, and we are proud to confirm our leadership in the country’s renewables arena” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power. “Through this important win, we will significantly contribute to the country’s demand for electricity from renewable sources. This is just another step of our strategy in the country that we will implement through organic growth as well as through the ‘build, sell and operate’ model that enables us to leverage on our global pipeline, accelerating our growth worldwide.”

The Enel Group will be investing around 700 million US dollars in the construction of the new facilities, in line with the investments outlined in the company’s current Strategic Plan. Each project will be supported by a contract providing for the sale to Mexico’s Cámara de Compensación1 of specified volumes of energy over a 15-year period and of the related clean certificates over a 20-year period.

The new plants are due to enter into operation in the first half of 2020. Once fully operational, the facilities are expected to produce 2.09 TWh/year of renewable energy, therefore avoiding the annual emission of nearly 960,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Three plants, Amistad II and Amistad III with a total installed capacity of 100 MW each, and Amistad IV with an installed capacity of 149 MW, will be built in Acuña, in the northern State of Coahuila. Amistad II and III are expected to generate annually over 350 GWh each while avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of around 170,000 tonnes of CO2 each. Amistad IV is expected to generate more than 510 GWh per year, while avoiding the annual emission of around 234,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The 244 MW Dolores facility will be built in China, a municipality in the northeastern State of Nuevo León. The plant is expected to generate nearly 850 GWh each year, while avoiding the annual emission of nearly 390,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The Enel Group is the largest renewable energy operator in Mexico in terms of installed capacity and project portfolio. The Group currently operates 728 MW, of which 675 MW come from wind and 53 MW from hydropower. It is currently building in the State of Coahuila the 754 MW Villanueva solar project, which is the largest PV facility under construction in the Americas and Enel’s largest solar project worldwide, the 200 MW Amistad wind farm, also in the State of Coahuila, and the 238 MW Don José PV project in the State of Guanajuato. The Group will also build the 93 MW Salitrillos wind project in the state of Tamaulipas.

Enel has recently signed agreements for the sale, under a "Build, Sell and Operate" (“BSO”) model, of 80% of the share capital of a newly formed holding company (“Holdco”), owner of the entire capital of eight special purpose vehicles that hold 429 MW of renewable plants in operation and 1,283 MW of projects under construction, to the Canadian institutional investor Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and to the investment vehicle of the leading Mexican pension funds CKD Infraestructura México S.A. de C.V. Under the agreements, Enel will continue to manage the operating plants and will complete those still under construction. In addition, as of January 1st, 2020, Enel may transfer additional projects to the Holdco. As a result of these possible transfers, it could therefore increase its interest in the Holdco until it becomes the majority shareholder. The closing of the transaction, subject to a number of pending ordinary conditions and receipt of the necessary authorisation from the Mexican antitrust authorities, is expected to occur by the end of 2017.

Enel Green Power, the renewable energies division of the Enel Group (enel.com), is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables in 24 countries, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of around 40 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.

1 The body in charge of managing Power Purchase Agreements from the tender between sellers and public/private buyers.

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MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 24, 2017) - Valener Inc. (TSX:VNR)(TSX:VNR.PR.A)

Valener
• Adjusted net income(1),(2) of $1.37 per common share in fiscal 2017 compared to $1.30 per common share in fiscal 2016;
- Adjusted net loss(1),(2) of $0.07 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to an adjusted net loss of $0.02 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.
• Normalized operating cash flows(1) per common share of $1.44 for fiscal 2017, up 6% from fiscal 2016; and
• Confirmation of the 4% annualized dividend growth target until fiscal 2022.
Gaz Métro
• Adjusted net income(1),(3) of $228.3 million for fiscal 2017, up $13.6 million, or 6%, compared to fiscal 2016, and up $39.3 million, or 21%, compared to fiscal 2015;
- Given seasonality of results, a net loss of $14.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to a net loss of $10.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.
• Adjusted net income(1),(3) per unit of $1.35 for fiscal 2017, up 5% from fiscal 2016; and
• As of October 2017, an increase in the annualized distribution from $1.16 to $1.20 per unit.

Valener Inc. ("Valener") (TSX:VNR)(TSX:VNR.PR.A), the public investment vehicle in Gaz Métro Limited Partnership ("Gaz Métro"), today reported adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of $53.0 million for fiscal 2017, up $3.1 million, or 6.2%, from fiscal 2016. Adjusted net income per common share was $1.37 for fiscal 2017 compared to $1.30 in fiscal 2016. The increase was driven by a notable increase in Gaz Métro's adjusted net income.

Net income attributable to shareholders totalled $53.1 million in fiscal 2017, down from $62.2 million last year due to a decrease in the share in Gaz Métro's net income, which in 2016 included one-time adjustments that had no cash flow impact.

For fiscal 2017, Valener generated normalized operating cash flows of $56.0 million ($1.44 per common share) compared to $52.4 million ($1.36 per common share) in fiscal 2016, an increase that was mainly due to:

  • a $1.5 million increase in the distributions received from Gaz Métro as a result of Valener's unit subscriptions, in proportion to its economic interest in Gaz Métro, on March 31, 2017 and on September 30, 2015, and an increase in Gaz Métro's quarterly distributions from $0.28 per unit to $0.29 per unit since the second quarter of fiscal 2016; and
  • a $1.0 million increase in the distributions received from the Seigneurie de Beaupré wind farms, mainly as a result of an increase in normalized cash flows during the year.

"Our excellent fiscal 2017 results reflect the high calibre of the companies held by Valener," said Pierre Monahan, Chairman of Valener's board of directors. "Given the predictable and growing returns on our investments, we have extended our 4% dividend growth target until 2022-four years longer than initially planned."

Owing to the seasonal nature of Gaz Métro's results, Valener recorded an adjusted net loss attributable to common shareholders of $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 ($0.07 per common share) compared to an adjusted net loss of $0.7 million ($0.02 per common share) in fiscal 2016. Gaz Métro's fiscal 2017 fourth quarter results were affected by lower consumption by customers of Green Mountain Power Corporation ("GMP") mainly due to warmer weather and the adoption of energy efficiency measures, as well as Standard Solar Inc. ("Standard Solar"), which is pursuing its efforts to develop and implement its new business model.

(1) Financial measures not defined by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is presented hereafter.
(2) Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders.
(3) Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Partners.
Summary of Valener's results
For the three months
ended September 30
For the fiscal years
ended September 30
(in millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income (loss) (2.2 ) (0.8 ) 57.4 66.5
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders (3.2 ) (1.8 ) 53.1 62.2
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders(1) (2.7 ) (0.7 ) 53.0 49.9
Per common share (in $)(1) (0.07 ) (0.02 ) 1.37 1.30
Normalized operating cash flows(1) 18.1 16.8 56.0 52.4
Per common share (in $)(1) 0.46 0.44 1.44 1.36
(1) These financial measures are not defined by GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is presented hereafter.

Gaz Métro's results

For fiscal 2017, excluding one-time adjustments, Gaz Métro's adjusted net income attributable to Partners totalled $228.3 million, a $13.6 million, or 6.3%, year-over-year increase mainly as a result of a share in the overearnings of Gaz Métro-QDA recorded during fiscal 2017, certain parameters in Gaz Métro-QDA's 2017 rate case, and the increase in GMP's rate base.

"Our 2017 adjusted net income was up 6% year over year, reaching a record level for the company, which for 60 years has been providing customers with increasingly innovative products and services. The strength of our financial performance is testament to the appeal of our commercial offering," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Sophie Brochu.

Gaz Métro's net income attributable to Partners totalled $240.8 million in fiscal 2017 compared to $277.5 million in fiscal 2016. This decrease stems from the above-mentioned factors and from one-time adjustments that impacted last year's income without having a cash flow impact.

Seigneurie de Beaupré wind farms - Valener and Gaz Métro
For the three months
ended September 30
For the fiscal years
ended September 30
(in millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Actual output (in MWh) 202,360 228,581 1,017,612 1,016,051
Cash flows related to operating activities 13.8 14.3 62.6 73.4(1)
Distributions paid 22.7 19.3 33.7 28.3
Special distribution paid(2) - - - 80.0
(1) Includes a one-time payment of $12.9 million received from Hydro-Québec in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 related to a note receivable for the reimbursement of certain construction costs.
(2) Return-of-capital distribution.

Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms 2 and 3 General Partnership ("Wind Farms 2 and 3") and Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farm 4 General Partnership ("Wind Farm 4") generated a combined 1,017,612 MWh of electricity in fiscal 2017, relatively unchanged from the output generated in fiscal 2016.

The resulting operating cash flows totalled $62.6 million in fiscal 2017 compared to $73.4 million in fiscal 2016. Excluding the $12.9 million one-time payment received from Hydro-Québec during the first quarter of fiscal 2016, operating cash flows were up $2.1 million year over year, such that Wind Farms 2 and 3 and Wind Farm 4 raised the distribution payments to their partners in fiscal 2017.

Gaz Métro's segment results - Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Partners(1)
For the three months
ended September 30
For the fiscal years
ended September 30
(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Energy Distribution
Gaz Métro-QDA (30.4 ) (33.0 ) 147.6 129.7
Impact of recognizing regulatory assets related to employee future benefits (Gaz Métro-QDA)(2) - - - 79.3
Vermont(3) 18.7 21.5 73.9 71.8
Impairment of noncurrent assets recorded for VGS's Addison project(4) - - - (16.5 )
(11.7 ) (11.5 ) 221.5 264.3
Natural Gas Transportation(3) 1.9 3.2 15.4 18.1
Electricity Production(3) (1.8 ) (0.4 ) (0.2 ) 1.4
Energy Services, Storage and Other(3) 1.4 1.0 4.6 4.3
Gain on remeasuring CDH following the acquisition(5) - - 12.5 -
1.4 1.0 17.1 4.3
Corporate Affairs (4.0 ) (3.2 ) (13.0 ) (10.6 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Partners (14.2 ) (10.9 ) 240.8 277.5
Adjustments(2) (4) (5) - - (12.5 ) (62.8 )
Adjusted net income attributable to Partners(1) (14.2 ) (10.9 ) 228.3 214.7
(1) Financial measure not defined by GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is presented hereafter.
(2) One-time adjustment to account for regulatory assets related to employee future benefits and resulting from the conversion to GAAP.
(3) Net of financing costs of investments in this segment. These costs consist of the interest on long-term debt incurred by Gaz Métro to finance investments in the subsidiaries, joint ventures and entities subject to significant influence in each of these segments.
(4) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, VGS recognized a before-tax US$20.6 million impairment of noncurrent assets (C$16.5 million after taxes) in connection with the Addison project. This impairment charge was recorded as a result of a new cost estimate placing the Addison project costs at US$165.6 million, whereas an agreement reached with the Vermont Department of Public Service ("VDPS") had set a US$134.0 million cap on the project costs that could be recovered through rates.
(5) A $12.5 million gain recognized during the first quarter of fiscal 2017 upon remeasurement at fair value of Gaz Métro's ownership interest in CDH Solutions & Operations Limited Partnership ("CDH"), an entity that owns 100% of the issued and outstanding units of Climatisation et Chauffage Urbains de Montréal, s.e.c., following Gaz Métro's acquisition of an additional 50% equity interest.

SEGMENT INFORMATION

Energy Distribution

In Québec

Gaz Métro-QDA recorded adjusted net income attributable to Partners of $147.6 million in fiscal 2017 compared to $129.7 million in fiscal 2016, a $17.9 million, or 14%, year-over-year increase that was mainly due to:

  • a share in fiscal 2017 overearnings resulting mainly from higher distribution revenues, as consumption was up due to stronger economic growth, among other factors; and
  • various parameters of the 2017 rate case, which had projected a $6.6 million increase in net income;

Gaz Métro-QDA's net income attributable to Partners totalled $147.6 million in fiscal 2017 compared to $209.0 million in fiscal 2016, which had been favourably affected by a $79.3 million one-time adjustment to account for regulatory assets related to employee future benefits.

2018 rate case

Following a decision by the Régie de l'énergie ("Régie") to renew regulatory relief, Gaz Métro-QDA filed Phase 2 of its 2018 rate case in March 2017.

In a September 2017 decision, the Régie authorized a 4.5% increase in average distribution rates over fiscal 2017 and an average monthly rate base of $2,118 million, a $74 million increase from the 2017 rate case.

Notwithstanding the increase in average distribution rates authorized for the 2018 rate case, overall, customer bills are expected to be lower in 2018 given low natural gas prices, as natural gas remains the most economical source of energy in the markets.

2019 rate case

In October 2017, Gaz Métro-QDA filed a proposal requesting the Régie to renew the 8.90% rate of return for the 2019 rate case. The 8.90% rate of return on deemed common equity has been in effect from fiscal years 2015 to 2017 and will remain in effect for fiscal 2018. A decision on this phase of the rate case is expected in the coming months.

IN VERMONT

The Energy Distribution segment in Vermont, through GMP and VGS, recorded adjusted net income attributable to Partners of $73.9 million for fiscal 2017, a $2.1 million year-over-year increase that was mainly the result of:

  • the increase in GMP's rate base; and
  • GMP's US$16.9 million share in synergy savings resulting from the Central Vermont Public Service merger in fiscal 2017 compared to a share in synergy savings of US$15.6 million in fiscal 2016;

partly offset by:

  • the unfavourable effect from no longer capitalizing the return on non-rate-base investments related to VGS's Addison project, following the memorandum of understanding signed with the Vermont Public Utility Commission ("VPUC," formerly VPSB) that had fixed recoverable project costs at US$134 million.

2018 rate case

GMP

In April 2017, GMP filed a cost-of-service proposal for fiscal 2018 with the VPUC, providing for a 9.50% authorized rate of return on common equity and a common equity ratio of 48.6%, to take effect as of January 1, 2018. Unlike in prior years, the period covered by the 2018 rate case will be from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Also, in this rate case, GMP is proposing a 4.98% rate increase and an average rate base of US$1,458 million, a US$105 million increase from the 2017 rate case. The rate case also includes a provision whereby US$18.2 million, corresponding to 50% of the synergy savings resulting from the CVPS merger, will be returned to GMP's customers. The public hearings on this filing were held in autumn 2017.

In November 2017, GMP and the Vermont Department of Public Service (« VDPS ») entered into an agreement on the 2018 rate case. The agreement provides for an overall rate increase of 5.02% and sets the authorized rate of return on common equity at 9.10% for 2018 and at 9.30% for 2019. The agreement also provides for an average rate base of US$1,433 million, which is below the initially anticipated rate base given the postponement of certain property, plant and equipment investments.

VGS

In September 2017, VGS reached an agreement with the VDPS regarding the 2018 rate case. This agreement provides for a 4% increase in base rates and for the use of an amount of US$10.7 million collected in the System Expansion and Reliability Fund ("SERF"). Including the withdrawals planned for fiscal 2018, the SERF balance should be approximately US$18 million as at September 30, 2018. The agreement also provides for an average rate base of $248 million and an 8.5% rate of return on common equity. This agreement was submitted to the VPUC, and a favourable decision approving the terms of the agreement was issued in October 2017.

Natural Gas Transportation

For fiscal 2017, the Natural Gas Transportation segment generated net income attributable to Partners of $15.4 million, down $2.7 million year over year mainly because of a decrease in volumes transported by Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (a Gaz Métro entity subject to significant influence) given fewer short-term contracts.

Electricity Production

The Electricity Production segment recorded a $0.2 million net loss attributable to Partners in fiscal 2017 compared to net income of $1.4 million last year. The difference was mainly due to a net loss recorded by Standard Solar, which continues to implement its new business model. Wind observed at the Seigneurie de Beaupré wind farms were relatively unchanged from fiscal 2016.

Acquisition of Standard Solar

Since its acquisition in April 2017, Standard Solar has focused its efforts on implementing its new business model, i.e., growing its solar energy generation operations. Heightened competition and economic uncertainty resulting from a potential increase in U.S. customs duties on solar panels has caused some delays in projects where Standard Solar acts as service provider. However, the company has now completed two projects totalling 1.9 MW that should come into service in fall 2017. At present, projects with a total installed capacity of approximately 12 MW are either in the construction or preliminary engineering phase, and exclusive letters of intent for more than 27 MW of additional capacity, representing total investments of about US$50.0 million, have been signed over the last few months. In keeping with Gaz Métro's strategic vision, this acquisition will help Gaz Métro grow its presence and expertise in the solar power sector and build on its presence in the renewable energy segment.

Request for proposals issued by the State of Massachusetts

In July 2017, Gaz Métro and Boralex Inc. ("Boralex"), in conjunction with Hydro-Québec, submitted three proposals in response to a call for 1,000 MW of energy issued by the State of Massachusetts on March 31, 2017. For Gaz Métro and Boralex, the proposed project is a 300 MW wind power project located on the private land of Seigneurie de Beaupré. If retained, the proposals submitted by Gaz Métro and Boralex would provide the State of Massachusetts with a long-term supply of clean, stable, and sustainable energy. Furthermore, Valener would have an option to jointly participate in the Gaz Métro project, if selected. The selected projects are expected to be announced in early 2018.

Energy Services, Storage and Other

The Energy Services, Storage and Other segment generated adjusted net income attributable to Partners of $4.6 million in fiscal 2017, up $0.3 million, or 7%, from fiscal 2016. This increase came mainly from higher deliveries of liquefied natural gas ("LNG") as new contracts came into force as well as from a $0.7 million net favourable impact from Gaz Métro's acquisition of an additional 50% equity interest in CDH, an entity that owns 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Climatisation et Chauffage Urbains de Montréal, s.e.c.

Net income attributable to Partners stood at $17.1 million in fiscal 2017, a $12.8 million year-over-year increase that was mainly due to the recognition of a $12.5 million gain following a remeasurement at fair value of Gaz Métro's interest in CDH.

Expansion of the liquefaction, storage and regasifaction ("LSR") plant

In April 2017, Gaz Métro and Investissement Québec ("IQ") announced the coming into service of the new infrastructure at the LSR plant, which now has an annual production capacity of more than 9 billion cubic feet of LNG. This capacity will help Gaz Métro, through its Gaz Métro LNG subsidiary, to meet growing demand in road and marine transport markets and in areas remote from Gaz Métro-QDA's gas system, particularly the Nord-du-Québec and Côte-Nord regions. The total investment for this project stands at $119 million, with $69 million having been invested by Gaz Métro and $50 million by the Government of Québec through IQ.

Financial initiatives

On August 9, 2017, Gaz Métro announced an increase in its quarterly distribution from $0.29 per unit to $0.30 per unit starting with the October 2, 2017 distribution payment.

Outlook - Gaz Métro

"Gaz Métro offers increasingly diverse and low-carbon energies in a geographic area that now includes not only Québec, but 14 U.S. states as well, all while becoming a leader in energy efficiency," added Sophie Brochu. "Today, the portfolio of products we offer our customers ranges from natural gas, in both gas and liquid forms, to renewable natural gas, as well as hydro, wind and solar energy."

"Gaz Métro remains on the lookout for opportunities to invest in other electricity generation projects in Canada and the U.S., to contribute even more actively to reducing the energy industry's environmental footprint. It's our ability to act-to create and seize business opportunities-that defines us and prepares us for the future."

Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures

For additional information on non-GAAP financial measures, refer to Valener's MD&A for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.

Valener
Reconciliation of normalized operating cash flows
For the three months
ended September 30
For the fiscal years
ended September 30
(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Cash flows related to operating activities 19.1 17.8 60.3 56.7
Dividends to preferred shareholders (1.0 ) (1.0 ) (4.3 ) (4.3 )
Normalized operating cash flows 18.1 16.8 56.0 52.4
Per common share (in $) 0.46 0.44 1.44 1.36
Valener
Reconciliation of adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders
For the three months
ended September 30
For the fiscal years
ended September 30
(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income (loss) (2.2 ) (0.8 ) 57.4 66.5
Loss (gain) on derivative financial instruments - 0.5 (0.8 ) 4.6
Income taxes on the gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments - (0.1 ) 0.2 (1.2 )
Share in Gaz Métro's net income adjustments - - (3.6 ) (18.2 )
Income taxes related to Gaz Métro's net income adjustments - - 0.7 -
Deferred income taxes related to the outside-basis temporary difference on the interest in Gaz Métro 0.5 0.7 3.4 2.5
Cumulative dividends on Series A preferred shares (1.0 ) (1.0 ) (4.3 ) (4.3 )
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders (2.7 ) (0.7 ) 53.0 49.9
Per common share (in $) (0.07 ) (0.02 ) 1.37 1.30
Gaz Métro Limited Partnership
Reconciliation of adjusted net income attributable to Partners
For the three months
ended September 30
For the fiscal years
ended September 30
(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income (loss) attributable to Partners (14.2 ) (10.9 ) 240.8 277.5
Gain on remeasuring CDH following the acquisition - - (12.5 ) -
Impact of recognizing regulatory assets related to employee future benefits (Gaz Métro-QDA) - - - (79.3 )
Impairment of noncurrent assets recorded for VGS's Addison project - - - 16.5
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Partners (14.2 ) (10.9 ) 228.3 214.7
Per unit, basic and diluted (in $) (0.08 ) (0.06 ) 1.35 1.28

Conference call

Valener will hold a conference call today at 1 pm (Eastern Time) to discuss its results and those of Gaz Métro for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017. The public is invited to join the call at 647-788-4922 or toll-free at 877-223-4471. A simultaneous webcast will also be available using the link provided under "Events and Presentations" in the "Investors" section of www.valener.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company's website for 365 days following the call; a phone replay will be available for 30 days by dialing 416-621-4642 or toll-free 800-585-8367 (access code: 86567846).

Overview of Valener

Valener is a public company held entirely by its shareholders and serves as the investment vehicle in Gaz Métro. Through its investment in Gaz Métro, Valener offers its shareholders a solid investment in a diversified and largely regulated energy portfolio in Québec and Vermont. As a strategic partner, Valener, on the one hand, contributes to Gaz Métro's growth, and on the other, invests in wind power production in Québec alongside Gaz Métro. Valener favours energy sources and uses that are innovative, clean, competitive and profitable. Valener's common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the "VNR" symbol for common shares and the "VNR.PR.A" symbol for Series A preferred shares. www.valener.com

Overview of Gaz Métro

With more than $7 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and close to 205,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 315,000 customers. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development and operation of innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel and liquefied natural gas as a replacement to higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind and solar power, and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and employees. www.gazmetro.com

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward-looking information reflects the intentions, plans, expectations and opinions of the management of Gaz Métro inc. ("GMi"), in its capacity as General Partner of Gaz Métro, acting as manager of Valener ("the management of the manager"), and is based on information currently available to the management of the manager and assumptions about future events. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "plans," "expects," "estimates," "seeks," "targets," "forecasts," "intends," "anticipates" or "believes" or similar expressions, including the negative and conjugated forms of these words. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors beyond the control of the management of the manager. A number of factors could cause the actual results of Valener or of Gaz Métro to differ significantly from historical results or current expectations, as described in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the general nature of the aforementioned, terms of decisions rendered by regulatory agencies, uncertainty that approvals will be obtained by Gaz Métro from regulatory agencies and interested parties to carry out all of its activities and the socio-economic risks associated with such activities, uncertainty related to the implementation of Québec's 2030 Energy Policy, the competitiveness of natural gas in relation to other energy sources in the context of fluctuating global oil prices, the reliability or costs of natural gas supply and electricity supply, the integrity of the natural gas and electricity distribution and transportation systems, the evolution and profitability of Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms 2 and 3 General Partnership ("Wind Farms 2 and 3") and Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farm 4 GP ("Wind Farm 4") and other development projects, Valener's ability to generate sufficient cash to support its anticipated target annual dividend growth rate on its common shares, the ability to complete attractive acquisitions and the related financing and integration aspects, the ability to complete new development projects, the ability to secure future financing, general economic conditions, exchange rate and interest rate fluctuations, weather conditions and other factors described in section E) Risk Factors Relating to Valener and in section R) Risk Factors Relating to Gaz Métro of Valener's MD&A for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017 and in subsequent Valener quarterly MD&As that might address changes to these risks.
Although the forward-looking statements contained herein are based on what the management of the manager believes to be reasonable assumptions, in particular assumptions that no unforeseen changes in the legislative and regulatory framework of energy markets in Québec and in the United States will occur; that the applications filed with various regulatory agencies will be approved as submitted; that natural gas prices will remain competitive; that the supply of natural gas and electricity will be maintained or will be available at competitive costs; that no significant event will occur outside the ordinary course of business, such as a natural disaster or any other type of calamity, a major service interruption, or a threat to cybersecurity (or cyberattack); that Gaz Métro can continue to distribute substantially all of its adjusted net income; that Wind Farms 2 and 3 and Wind Farm 4 will be able to make distribution payments to their partners; that Valener will be able to generate sufficient cash to support its anticipated target annual dividend growth rate on its common shares; that Green Mountain Power Corporation will be able to continue achieving efficiency gains and synergies from the merger with Central Vermont Public Service Corporation; that Valener and Gaz Métro will be able to present their information in accordance with U.S. GAAP beyond 2018 or, after 2018, will adopt International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") that permit the recognition of regulatory assets and liabilities; that liquidity needs for Gaz Métro's development projects will be obtained through a combination of operating cash flows, borrowings on credit facilities, capital injections from partners, and issuances of debt securities; and that the subsidiaries will obtain the required authorizations and funds needed to finance their development projects. In addition to the other assumptions described in the Valener MD&A for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, the management of the manager cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of this date, and the management of the manager assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required pursuant to applicable securities laws. These statements do not reflect the potential impact of any unusual item or any business combination or other transaction that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

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HSINCHU, Taiwan, Nov. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaTek has announced its newest chipset, MT2621, the industry's first dual-mode System-on-Chip (SoC) designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications with both narrow band IoT (NB-IoT) Release 14 (R14) and GSM/GPRS connectivity. The highly power efficient MT2621 chipset brings dual-mode cellular technologies for IoT, and ensures lowest power consumption. It best supports the developments of a broad range of connected devices including fitness trackers and other wearables, IoT security sensors, smart meters and various industrial applications.

MT2621 features a highly integrated design with a complete connectivity platform that allows it to work with current GSM/GPRS as well as NB-IoT networks for excellent IoT coverage and phone call capability. The advanced connectivity features built into the MT2621 chipset meet the needs of cellular network infrastructure both GSM and future NB-IoT, which is set to fuel the next chapter of growth for the IoT market.

The new MT2621 requires only a single SIM and antenna to cover both cellular networks, with dual standby functionality (SSDS). This allows a single UICC and mobile number for both networks, even while operating simultaneously, resulting in a cost-efficient, simplified design that enables manufacturers to bring their devices to market faster. The chipset integrates a wideband front-end module that provides support for all ultra-low, low and mid bands across the globe.

At its core, the MT2621 is powered by an efficient Armv7 MCU paired with internal Flash and PSRAM. The chipset supports sight and sound interfaces for peripherals, and comes with built-in Bluetooth 4.2 for connecting to other devices nearby.

For additional details on the MediaTek MT2621, please visit: https://www.mediatek.com/products/nbIot/mt2621

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MediaTek Incorporated (TWSE: 2454) is a global fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year. We are a market leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile device, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products. Our dedication to innovation has positioned us as a driving market force in several key technology areas, including highly power-efficient mobile technologies and advanced multimedia solutions across a broad range of products such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, OTT boxes, wearables and automotive solutions. MediaTek empowers and inspires people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals through smart technology. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit www.mediatek.com for more information.

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The general RFID market has seen substantial growth over the last few years, with successful public offerings and rapid growth in terms of the number of RFID tags sold. Vendors are now exploring allied technologies with RFID sensors at the forefront of this. This has been enabled thanks to new chipsets, at both HF(NFC) and UHF (RAIN) which are dedicated to support sensor platforms and therefore make RFID sensors simpler to make and lower cost in addition to the increasing maturity and wider scale adoption of RFID reader infrastructure. Additionally, new technologies from printed sensors and flexible batteries to bio sensing films meet unmet needs and provide differentiation.

Different technologies approach different market segments

Several different technology categories exist, namely:

1. Passive RFID sensors with no on board power source

2. Passive RFID tags with bio sensors, with no board power source

3. Battery assisted passive RFID sensors

4. "Chipless" RFID sensors - without a conventional silicon chip

From the above options, most can be bought to operate at either HF or UHF RFID, with HF RFID options offering a wider reader network thanks to NFC enabled consumer electronic devices albeit with limited read range of UHF devices with longer read range but requiring more expensive reader systems. The RF protocols developed for RFID are effectively being used as a means of data transfer of sensory information.

RFID Sensors 2018-2028 is the first report that covers all these options, the players behind the ICs, sensor tags and systems, the applications, trends and market size, forecast over a ten year period. The report draws comparisons form and assesses the related data logger market, and explores the role for RFID Sensors within that. SWOT (Strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) reports are given for the leading players, along with application case studies and impartial assessment of the whole sector.

Detailed Forecasts

For the first time, this report provides detailed forecast breakdowns of the entire sector, including:

  • Forecasts in unit numbers for each technology type, for 2018-2028
  • Forecasts of average sales price for each technology type, for 2018-2028
  • Forecasts for total RFID sensor tag market value for each technology type, for 2018-2028
  • Forecasts for systems cost (including readers, software, networking), for 2018-2028
  • Total RFID Sensor market value (tags and systems), for 2018-2028
  • Breakdown by HF versus UHF RFID Sensors, for 2018-2028

Technology Innovations

In addition to assessing the current capabilities of the existing solutions, the research also includes the progress with RFID sensor systems based on recent technology innovations including printed temperature sensors and antennas, flexible batteries and flexible transistor circuits. The timelines and capabilities of these technologies, in addition to the players, are all covered.

Key Topics Covered:

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1.1. About the report
1.2. What is RFID?
1.3. RFID Technologies: The Big Picture
1.4. RFID market size growth indicating RFID sensor potential
1.5. RFID sensors
1.6. Different types of RFID sensors
1.7. Examples of RFID sensors
1.8. Examples of Battery Assisted Passive RFID sensors
1.9. Data Loggers
1.10. Electronic Indicator and Data Logger companies
1.11. Chemical Time Temperature Indicators
1.12. Three main markets in the data logger business today
1.13. Retail perishables
1.14. Industrial
1.15. Healthcare
1.16. Slow Innovation in Conventional Data Loggers
1.17. RFID Sensors providing new differentiation
1.18. Why RFID-based?
1.19. Comparison of wireless technologies
1.20. Why now?
1.21. Pros and Cons of RFID sensor
1.22. Lessons from Failures
1.23. Technology push: technologies that help with RFID sensor development
1.24. Current status
1.25. Medium term trends
1.26. Distribution models & Business models
1.27. Value Chain
1.28. Territorial Differences
1.29. List of Players
1.30. RFID sensor companies
1.31. IC development Enables RFID Sensors, but some ICs are more generic I2C while market is small
1.32. The impact of RFID Sensors on Data Loggers
1.33. NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN)
1.34. NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN) - IC Providers
1.35. NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN) - Sensor Makers
1.36. RFID Sensor Technologies without silicon ICs
1.37. Market Forecasts - Assumptions & Methodology
1.38. Market forecast by tag type - number of units (millions)
1.39. Market forecast by tag type - average sales price (US $)
1.40. Market forecast by tag type - Market Value ($ millions)
1.41. Market forecast for tags and systems ($ millions)
1.42. Market forecast for tags and systems by frequency ($ millions)

2. THE BIG PICTURE: RFID SENSORS AS PART OF THE INTERNET OF THINGS
2.1. Industrial revolution timeline
2.2. Embracing the Cyber revolution
2.3. IoT Ecosystem

3. INTRODUCTION TO RFID
3.1. What is RFID?
3.2. RFID tag
3.3. RFID reader
3.4. RFID system classification
3.5. Comparison of RFID by different frequencies
3.6. NFC and RFID
3.7. Passive RFID Interrogators Market Size
3.8. Manufacturing RFID Labels, tickets and cards
3.9. Passive RFID tag cost comparisons
3.10. Comparison of RFID by power source
3.11. Range versus Cost
3.12. Frequency versus Range
3.13. Cumulative sales in millions of tags from 1943 to the start of 2016

4. RFID SENSOR ICS
4.1. RFID sensor architecture
4.2. Sensor enabled RFID system
4.3. Companies supplying RFID sensor chips
4.4. Typical chip design of RFID sensor ICs
4.5. AMS's solution: HF/NFC
4.6. AMS's solution: UHF
4.7. Delta: NFC RFID sensor chips
4.8. ANDY100 from Farsens targeting RFID sensor market
4.9. Impinj Monza X Dura chips enable intelligent embedded RFID
4.10. NXP's UHF Sensor IC with an I2C interface
4.11. NXP's NFC Sensor IC
4.12. RFMicron
4.13. ST Microelectronics
4.14. Texas Instruments
4.15. Analysis and Comments
4.16. NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN) - IC Providers
4.17. New development in low power ICs

5. PASSIVE RFID SENSORS
5.1. Passive RFID Sensor
5.2. Power calculation for passive RFID sensors
5.3. Chemical powerless RFID sensor tag
5.4. RFID tag sensor from IC-TAG
5.5. Passive UHF RFID sensor co-developed by Powercast and Vanguard ID Systems
5.6. Passive UHF RFID Sensor: RFMicron and Smartrac
5.7. Company Assessment: SmarTrac RFMicron product
5.8. Xerox PARC: Passive UHF Sensors with Printed Electronics
5.9. PST Sensors

6. BATTERY-ASSISTED RFID SENSOR
6.1. Battery-assisted passive RFID sensor
6.2. Flexible battery-assisted RFID sensor label
6.3. RAMSES developed by EML
6.4. BAP RFID sensor tags for perishables
6.5. QUAD Industries, Enfucell and NXP
6.6. Avery Dennison NFC Temperature Logger
6.7. Company Assessment: Avery Dennison's RFID Sensor Label
6.8. Phase IV UHF Temperature logging tag
6.9. Temperature sensor from Infratab
6.10. DynaLog
6.11. Blulog NFC RFID Sensor
6.12. Company Assessment: Blulog

7. RFID SENSOR WITHOUT SILICON CHIP
7.1. Chipless RFID sensors
7.2. Surface acoustic wave (SAW) RFID sensors
7.3. Printed / Flexible logic
7.4. Advantages of printed and thin film transistors and memory vs traditional silicon
7.5. PragmatIC's wine temperature sensing label
7.6. PragmatIC Profile
7.7. TAG Sensors
7.8. Thinfilm / Kovio
7.9. RFID sensors based on printed IC provided by Thin Film Electronics
7.10. NFC OpenSense from ThinFilm
7.11. RFID Sensor Technologies without silicon ICs

8. DATA LOGGER
8.1. Data Loggers
8.2. RFID data loggers
8.3. Data logger tag of Sealed Air Corporation
8.4. TempTRIP
8.5. The impact of RFID Sensors on Data Loggers

9. POWER SOURCE
9.1. Batteries - the Bain of Wireless Sensors
9.2. Technology benchmarking - different power sources
9.3. Battery options for active & semi-active RFID sensor tags
9.4. The initial innovation of RFID sensors will be form factor - power source is key
9.5. Value propositions of thin-film batteries
9.6. Laminar/flexible lithium-ion batteries companies
9.7. Printed battery companies
9.8. Coin cells or thin batteries, that is the question

10. COMPANY PROFILES
10.1. Company Assessment: Farsens
10.2. Company Assessment: InfraTab
10.3. Company Assessment: Institute of Printed Electronics Industry
10.4. Company Assessment: PhaseIV Engineering
10.5. Company Assessment: KemSense
10.6. Company Assessment: IC-TAG Solutions
10.7. Company Assessment: RFID Sensor Systems
10.8. Company Assessment: RFMicron
10.9. Company Assessment: Silent Sensors

11. RFID SENSORS: EARLY CASE STUDIES

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Power inverter is a device that converts direct current (DC) from a battery, solar panel or fuel cell into the conventional alternating current (AC). This alternating current is used to run and operate numerous types of household appliances and lights. As power inverter is a reliable and economic alternate source of electricity, it currently has a diverse range of applications. Power Inverter Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2017-2022, finds that the global power inverter market reached a value of US$ 60 Billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 7% during 2009-2016.

The market is currently being driven by a number of favourable factors. Increasing urbanization and electrification rates have led to an increase in the demand for power inverters which are used as an alternate backup power solution in case of emergencies. As a large part of the population is highly dependent upon electronic gadgets and appliances such as laptops, television sets, refrigerators and air conditioners, the need for an uninterrupted power supply has resulted in the growth of the market. Further, the market is also being stimulated by technological innovations which have resulted in portable power inverters that can be used to charge mobile phones and tablets while travelling. According to the report, the market is further expected to reach a value of US$ 90 Billion by 2022.


The report has segmented the global power inverter market on the basis of type covering <_kw_ _-95="_-95" kw_="kw_" _00-495="_00-495" kw="kw">500 KW. On the basis of application, the report includes motor drives, UPS, rail traction, wind turbines, EVs/HEVs and solar PVs. Among these, motor drives account for the majority of the market share. Based on region, the report has segmented the market as Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. Currently, Asia-Pacific represents the largest market for power inverters. The report has further analysed the competitive landscape of the market and provides the profiles of the key players operating in it.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Preface

2 Scope and Methodology
2.1 Objectives of the study
2.2 Stakeholders
2.3 Data Sources
2.4 Market Estimation
2.5 Forecasting Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Introduction
4.1 Overview
4.2 Key Industry Trends

5 Global Power Inverter Market
5.1 Market Overview
5.2 Market Performance
5.2.1 Volume Trends
5.2.2 Value Trends
5.3 Market Breakup by Region
5.4 Market Breakup by Type
5.5 Market Breakup by Application
5.6 Market Forecast
5.7 SWOT Analysis
5.8 Value Chain Analysis
5.9 Porters Five Forces Analysis
5.9.1 Overview
5.9.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
5.9.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
5.9.4 Degree of Rivalry
5.9.5 Threat of New Entrants
5.9.6 Threat of Substitutes
5.10 Key Market Drivers and Challenges

6 Market by Key Regions

7 Market Breakup by Type
7.1 <_kw_br />7.2 5KW to 95KW
7.3 100KW to 495KW
7.4 Above 500KW

8 Market Breakup by Applications
8.1 Motor Drives
8.2 UPS
8.3 Rail Traction
8.4 Wind Turbines
8.5 EVs/HEVs
8.6 Solar PVs

9 Competitive Landscape
9.1 Competitive Structure
9.2 Market Breakup by Key Players

10 Power Inverter Manufacturing Process
10.1 Product Overview
10.2 Detailed Process Flow
10.3 Various Types of Units Operations Involved
10.4 Mass Balance and Raw Material Requirements

11 Project Details, Requirements and Costs Involved
11.1 Land Requirements and Expenditures
11.2 Construction Requirements and Expenditures
11.3 Plant Machinery
11.4 Machinery Pictures
11.5 Raw Material Requirements and Expenditures
11.6 Raw Material Pictures
11.7 Packaging Requirements and Expenditures
11.8 Transportation Requirements and Expenditures
11.9 Utility Requirements and Expenditures
11.10 Manpower Requirements and Expenditures
11.11 Other Capital Investments

12 Loans and Financial Assistance

13 Project Economics
13.1 Capital Cost of the Project
13.2 Techno-Economic Parameters
13.3 Product Pricing and Margins Across Various Levels of the Supply Chain
13.4 Income Projections
13.5 Expenditure Projections
13.6 Taxation and Depreciation
13.7 Financial Analysis
13.8 Profit Analysis

14 Key Player Profiles

  • SMA Solar Technology
  • Omron
  • ABB
  • Tabuchi
  • TMEIC

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BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE, TSX: ORL ) ("Orocobre" or "the Company") wishes to announce that all resolutions were passed as ordinary resolutions following a poll at the Annual General Meeting held on 24 November 2017.

Details of the votes cast are as follows:

Resolution

For

Against

Abstain

1. Adoption of the Directors' Remuneration Report

82,044,179

(96.04%)

3,386,843

(3.96%)

293,535

2. Re-election of Mr. John W. Gibson as a Director

96,245,095

(99.37%)

609,205

(0.63%)

192,296

3. Re-election of Mr. Courtney Pratt as a Director

96,451,917

(99.57%)

414,124

(0.43%)

180,555

4. Grant of Performance Rights to the Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Richard Seville

87,886,116

(96.07%)

3,599,105

(3.93%)

227,758

5. Approval for the giving of Retirement Benefits  to the Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Richard Seville

90,412,891

(98.80%)

1,093,554

(1.20%)

206,534

6. Proposed increase in Non-Executive Directors' Remuneration

90,390,228

(98.89%)

1,013,451

(1.11%)

247,118

2017 AGM Chairman's Address

Good morning and welcome to the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Orocobre Limited. My name is Robert Hubbard and I am the Chairman of Orocobre and I will Chair today's meeting.

I would like to start by introducing my fellow members of the board and the Orocobre executive management team who are with us today.  Richard Seville is our Chief Executive and Managing Director and he is joined by Leanne Heywood, a non-executive director. Also with us are our joint company secretaries, Neil Kaplan, the CFO of Orocobre and Rick Anthon, the head of corporate development and general counsel.  In the audience with you are other members of our Corporate office.  Also with us today is Brad Tozer from our auditors Ernst and Young.

As you all know your board is very culturally and geographically diverse with representatives from Argentina, USA and Canada, in addition to Australia.  We have again decided to minimise expenditure for the meeting and my overseas colleagues on the board are all apologies today. 

We have before us today six resolutions for consideration.  Prior to consideration of the formal agenda I will give a short address and Richard will provide his more comprehensive presentation.  There will be opportunity for questions at the conclusion of Richard's presentation (released to ASX on 14 November 2017), however if you have any questions specific to a resolution could you please raise them when we come to that resolution.

The operating environment

The market fundamentals remain very positive for lithium and Orocobre. Discussion on the impact of electric vehicles and their likely market penetration remains at a superficial level in Australia, however this is contrary to many countries and in particular Europe, North America and China. We believe the move to EVs is now irresistible with a corresponding impact on the demand for lithium. 

In Argentina, the recent mid-term elections endorsed the national reform agenda of President Macri and the progress being made by Governor Morales in the Jujuy province.  Orocobre is supportive of the direction being pursued by the President and Governor and we look forward to further fiscal and economic reform as Argentina continues its journey of returning to the global economy.

Collectively, these factors are producing a much improved operating environment for Orocobre compared to the Olaroz construction and early operating periods, although inflationary pressures remain.   

Review of performance

The annual report explains in depth the operating and financial performance of Orocobre last financial year.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions on the report later, however I will take this opportunity to make comment on a few specific points:

  1. The financial year was another year of significant progress for our company and its flag ship Olaroz project.  We achieved production of just under 12,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate, representing over 5% of the global market for lithium, and a maiden operating profit of $19.4M after the sale of some assets and impairments at Borax Argentina.  The company achieved this in an environment of growing demand for lithium and consequently growing prices, factors that seem unlikely to abate in the near term.  Even in ramp up we had an operating margin over 60% and we have established Olaroz as a profitable producer.
  2. Share price performance was a roller coaster ride, primarily because we downgraded production guidance in February 2017 due to problems with our pond management.   We know this damaged confidence in the company and we have worked hard to restore that confidence.  Uninformed speculative commentary on pond design was neither helpful nor accurate.
  3. In bringing Olaroz on-line management have achieved something that has not been done for over 20 years. It is unique by the inclusion of a purification circuit which can produce 100% battery grade lithium on site.  Our experience illustrates the challenges of bringing new projects on line in an industry with limited depth of skills and we believe these skills and knowledge shortfalls will impact on supply growth in the short to medium term.  The experience gained by our team will be invaluable as we look towards optimising current production and our future expansion projects.

Growth and development

In conjunction with our joint venture partners we have continued to investigate expansion of the Olaroz project and the construction of a lithium hydroxide facility in Japan. 

Your directors are convinced that the most value accretive strategy we can pursue for our shareholders is to expand at Olaroz, and through this take advantage of the buoyant market conditions.  We anticipate that as our operating performance continues to improve we should be in a position to make a decision in the first half of 2018 as long as we are confident phase 1 operating performance has been stabilised.

We have also progressed consideration of a lithium hydroxide facility to be based in Japan.  We will not operate this facility, preferring to direct our management resources to Olaroz, but I can assure you we will be an active investor and this will provide access to a new product stream for our lithium carbonate and mitigate risk as battery technologies develop. A decision on this development is also expected early in the first half 2018.

Sustainability

Last year I advised that we intended to improve our reporting on sustainability.  Consistent with that commitment we will be releasing our first Sustainability Report next week, focused solely on the Olaroz project.  The report is a major achievement however, it is a consequence of Richard and his management team making Shared Value the bed rock upon which the Olaroz project would be developed almost 10 years ago.  We take a long-term view on the development of Olaroz since this is in the best interests of all stakeholders and is the best way to deliver returns to our shareholders.  

The report, amongst other things, highlights the importance of our local communities and their interest, not only in economic development, but effective management of the entire basin. This will require a coordinated approach between other basin participants, the Jujuy Government and Orocobre. We are supportive of a collaborative approach and will work with all interested parties.

Remuneration

We have continued the approach to remuneration that was endorsed by shareholders at the 2016 AGM.  This has traditionally reflected a market based approach, taking into account the unique characteristics of Orocobre and the personal demands we make on our senior management given the location of our assets and international time differences.  The form of our remuneration report and quantum of remuneration appears to have been well accepted by shareholders.

In 2018 we intend to make changes to the structure of our incentives.  The key change is the split between short term cash incentive and long-term equity incentive will be altered to favour the long-term incentive.  This will see future management remuneration being highly dependent upon share price appreciation, ensuring greater alignment with our shareholders.  It should also assist in retaining our key people as the skills we have nurtured become more valued by other companies embarking on the same journey that we are travelling.   

The first example of this change is Resolution 4 which deals with the allocation of 197,769 performance rights to Richard.  Richard's overall remuneration package has not changed, however the split of incentive has broadly changed from a ratio of short term to long term incentive of 50/50, to 15% short term and 85% long term. 

Board

The composition of the board has not changed during the year.  However, John Gibson who assumed the role of Chair of the Audit Committee in July last year has stood down from that role and Leanne Heywood is the new Audit Committee Chair.  The composition of the Committee does not change. I would like to express my appreciation to John for his contribution as Audit Committee Chair in the last year.

Resolution 6 proposes an increase in the Directors' fee pool.  This will enable us to keep fees consistent with market rates but more importantly provide the board with the flexibility to make additional appointments to the board should new skills be required.

Closing

In closing I would like to pass my appreciation to the management team both here and in Argentina and my colleagues on the board for their innovation and sheer hard work.  I reserve my final thanks to our shareholders for your patience and support on the Orocobre journey.

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Orocobre Limited (Orocobre) is a dynamic global lithium carbonate supplier and an established producer of boron.
Orocobre is dual listed on the Australia and Toronto Stock Exchanges (ASX: ORE), (TSX: ORL). Orocobre's operations include its Olaroz Lithium Facility in Northern Argentina, Borax Argentina, an established Argentine boron minerals and refined chemicals producer and a 35% interest in Advantage Lithium.

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The Public Safety LTE & Mobile Broadband Market: 2017 - 2030 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts report presents an in-depth assessment of the global public safety LTE market, besides touching upon the wider LMR and mobile broadband industries. In addition to covering the business case, market drivers, challenges, enabling technologies, applications, key trends, standardization, spectrum availability/allocation, regulatory landscape, deployment case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies for public safety LTE, the report presents comprehensive forecasts for mobile broadband, LMR, and public safety LTE subscriptions from 2017 till 2030.

Also covered are unit shipment and revenue forecasts for public safety LTE infrastructure, devices, integration services and management solutions. In addition, the report tracks public safety LTE service revenues, over both private and commercial networks.

Driven by demand for both dedicated and secure MVNO networks, it's estimated that annual investments in public safety LTE infrastructure will surpass $800 Million by the end of 2017, supporting ongoing deployments in multiple frequency bands across the 400/450 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and higher frequency ranges. The market - which includes base stations (eNBs), mobile core and transport network equipment - is further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 45% over the next three years. By 2020, these infrastructure investments will be complemented by up to 3.8 Million LTE device shipments, ranging from smartphones and ruggedized handheld terminals to vehicular routers and IoT modules.


Key Questions Answered


  • The report provides answers to the following key questions:
  • How big is the public safety LTE opportunity?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • How is the market evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
  • Which regions and submarkets will see the highest percentage of growth?
  • How does standardization impact the adoption of LTE for public safety?
  • What is the status of dedicated public safety LTE networks and secure MVNO offerings across the globe?
  • When will the public safety sector witness the large-scale commercialization of key enabling technologies such as MCPTT, ProSe, IOPS, and HPUE?
  • What opportunities exist for commercial LTE service providers and private LMR network operators?
  • What are the prospects of NIB (Network-in-a-Box), vehicular, airborne and maritime deployable LTE platforms?
  • Is there a substantial market opportunity for public safety LTE networks operating in Band 31 (450 MHz), and newer frequency bands such as Bands 68 and 72?
  • How can public safety stakeholders leverage unused spectrum capacity to ensure the economic viability of dedicated LTE networks?
  • Who are the key market players and what are their strategies?
  • What strategies should system integrators, vendors, and mobile operators adopt to remain competitive?

Key Findings

The Report has the Following Key Findings:

  • It's estimated that annual investments in public safety LTE infrastructure will surpass $800 Million by the end of 2017. The market - which includes base stations (eNBs), mobile core and transport network equipment - is further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 45% over the next three years.
  • By 2020, these infrastructure investments will be complemented by up to 3.8 Million LTE device shipments, ranging from smartphones and ruggedized handheld terminals to vehicular routers and IoT modules.
  • A number of dedicated public safety LTE networks are already operational across the globe, ranging from nationwide systems in the oil-rich GCC region to citywide networks in Spain, China, Pakistan, Laos and Kenya.
  • At present, more than 45% of all public safety LTE engagements - including in-service, planned, pilot, and demo networks - utilize spectrum in the 700 MHz range, primarily Bands 14 and 28.
  • Due to the unavailability of ProSe-capable chipsets and devices, several public safety stakeholders including the United Kingdom Home Office are considering the continued use of LMR terminals to support direct-mode operation, as they migrate to LTE networks.
  • The wider critical communications industry is continuing to consolidate with several prominent M&A deals such as Motorola Solutions' recent acquisition of carrier-integrated PTT-over-cellular platform provider Kodiak Networks, and Hytera Communications' takeover of the Sepura Group - a well known provider of TETRA, DMR, P25 and LTE systems.

Key Topics Covered:

1: Introduction

2: An Overview Of The Public Safety Mobile Broadband Market

3: Key Enabling Technologies For Public Safety Lte

4: Review Of Major Public Safety Lte Engagements

5: Public Safety Lte And Mobile Broadband Applications Ecosystem

6: Spectrum For Public Safety Lte

7: Standardization, Regulatory & Collaborative Initiatives

8: Industry Roadmap & Value Chain

9: Key Ecosystem Players

10: Market Analysis And Forecasts

11: Conclusion And Strategic Recommendations

12: Expert Opinion - Interview Transcripts

Companies Mentioned

  • 3M
  • 450connect
  • 4K Solutions
  • 6Harmonics
  • A10 Networks
  • Aaoen Technology
  • AAS (Amphenol Antenna Solutions)
  • Accedian Networks
  • Accelleran
  • Ace Technologies Corporation
  • AceAxis
  • Actelis Networks
  • Aculab
  • Adax
  • ADLINK Technology
  • ADRF (Advanced RF Technologies)
  • ADTRAN
  • ADVA Optical Networking
  • AdvanceTec Industries
  • Advantech
  • Advantech Wireless
  • Affarii Technologies
  • Affirmed Networks
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Air-Lynx
  • Airspan Networks
  • Alea
  • Alepo
  • Allied Telesis
  • Allot Communications
  • Alpha Networks
  • Alpha Technologies
  • Altaeros Energies
  • Altair Semiconductor
  • Altiostar Networks
  • Alvarion Technologies
  • AM Telecom
  • Amarisoft
  • Amdocs
  • American Tower Corporation
  • Anritsu Corporation
  • Apple
  • Arcadyan Technology Corporation
  • Archos
  • Argela
  • ArgoNET
  • Aricent
  • ARM Holdings
  • Armour Communications
  • Arqiva
  • Artemis Networks
  • Artesyn Embedded Technologies
  • Artiza Networks
  • ASELAN
  • ASOCS
  • Assured Wireless Corporation
  • ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute)
  • ASUS (ASUSTeK Computer)
  • AT&T
  • ATDI
  • Atel Antennas
  • Athonet
  • Atos
  • AttoCore
  • Avanti Communications Group
  • AVI
  • Aviat Networks
  • Avigilon Corporation
  • Avtec
  • Axis Communications
  • Axon
  • Azcom Technology
  • Azetti Networks
  • BAE Systems
  • Baicells Technologies
  • BandRich
  • Barrett Communications
  • BATS (Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems)
  • BCDVideo
  • BCE (Bell Canada)
  • BEC Technologies
  • Benetel
  • BeyondTrust Software
  • BFDX (BelFone)
  • BHE (Bonn Hungary Electronics)
  • Bird Technologies
  • Bittium Corporation
  • BK Technologies
  • Black & Veatch
  • Black Box Corporation
  • BlackBerry
  • Blackned
  • Blueforce Development Corporation
  • Bosch Security Systems
  • BridgeWave Communications
  • Broadcom
  • Brocade Communications Systems
  • BTI Wireless
  • C Spire
  • CACI International
  • CalAmp Corporation
  • Cambium Networks
  • Capita
  • Carlson Wireless Technologies
  • Casa Systems
  • Casio Computer Company
  • Catalyst Communications Technologies
  • Caterpillar
  • Cavium
  • CCI (Communication Components Inc.)
  • CCI Systems
  • CCN (Cirrus Core Networks)
  • cellXica
  • CelPlan Technologies
  • Ceragon Networks
  • Certes Networks
  • Challenge Networks
  • Chemring Technology Solutions
  • Cielo Networks
  • Ciena Corporation
  • Cirpack
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cloudstreet
  • CND (Core Network Dynamics)
  • Cobham Wireless
  • Codan Radio Communications
  • Coherent Logix
  • Collinear Networks
  • Comba Telecom
  • COMLAB
  • CommAgility
  • CommandWear Systems
  • CommScope
  • Comrod Communication Group
  • Comtech Telecommunications Corporation
  • CONET Technologies
  • Connect Tech
  • Contela
  • Coolpad Group
  • Coriant
  • Cornet Technology
  • Corning
  • Covia Labs
  • Cradlepoint
  • Crown Castle International Corporation
  • CS Corporation
  • CybertelBridge
  • CyPhy Works
  • Dahua Technology (Zhejiang Dahua Technology)
  • Dali Wireless
  • DAMM Cellular Systems
  • Datang Mobile
  • Dell Technologies
  • Delta Electronics
  • Dialogic
  • DragonWave-X
  • Druid Software
  • DT (Deutsche Telekom)
  • Duons
  • Eastcom (Eastcom Communications Company)
  • EchoStar Corporation
  • Ecom Instruments
  • EE
  • EION Wireless
  • Elbit Systems
  • ELUON Corporation
  • ENENSYS Technologies
  • olane DOUARNENEZ
  • Ercom
  • Ericsson
  • ETELM
  • Etherstack
  • Ethertronics
  • ETRI (Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute, South Korea)
  • EXACOM
  • Exalt Wireless
  • Excelerate Technology
  • EXFO
  • Expeto Wireless
  • Expway
  • ExteNet Systems
  • Eyecom Telecommunications Group
  • Fairwaves
  • FastBack Networks
  • Federated Wireless
  • Fenix Group
  • FiberHome Technologies
  • FireEye
  • Flash Private Mobile Networks
  • FLIR Systems
  • Forcepoint
  • Fortinet
  • Foxcom
  • Fraunhofer FOKUS (Institute for Open Communication Systems)
  • Fraunhofer HHI (Heinrich Hertz Institute)
  • FreeWave Technologies
  • Frequentis
  • FRTek
  • Fujian Sunnada Network Technology
  • Fujitsu
  • Funkwerk
  • Future Technologies
  • Galtronics Corporation
  • GCT Semiconductor
  • GE (General Electric)
  • Gemalto
  • Gemtek Technology
  • Genaker
  • GENBAND
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Genesis Group
  • GenXComm
  • GeoSafe
  • Getac Technology Corporation
  • GIKO GROUP
  • Gilat Satellite Networks
  • Globalstar
  • Goodman Networks
  • Goodmill Systems
  • Google
  • GRENTECH
  • GroupTalk
  • GSI (GS Instech)
  • Guangzhou Iplook Technologies
  • GWT (Global Wireless Technologies)
  • Hanwha Techwin
  • Harris Corporation
  • Haystax Technology
  • HCL Technologies
  • Hexagon
  • Hikvision (Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology)
  • HISPASAT Group
  • Hitachi
  • Hoimyung ICT
  • Honeywell International
  • Horsebridge Defence & Security
  • HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
  • HQT (Shenzhen HQT Science and Technology)
  • HTC Corporation
  • Huawei
  • Hughes Network Systems
  • Hunter Technology
  • Hytera Communications
  • IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries)
  • IBM Corporation
  • Icom
  • IDEMIA
  • IDY Corporation
  • IMPTT
  • Indra
  • Infinova
  • InfoVista
  • Inmarsat
  • InnoWireless
  • Insta Group
  • Intel Corporation
  • Intercede
  • InterDigital
  • Intersec
  • Intracom Telecom
  • Intrepid Networks
  • ip.access
  • IPITEK
  • Iridium Communications
  • Irvees Technology
  • ISCO International
  • IS-Wireless
  • Italtel
  • ITCEN
  • ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan)
  • ITS Ibelem
  • JMA Wireless
  • Johnson Controls
  • Jolla
  • JPS Interoperability Solutions
  • JRC (Japan Radio Company)
  • Juni Global
  • Juniper Networks
  • JVCKENWOOD Corporation
  • Kapsch CarrierCom
  • Kathrein-Werke KG
  • KBR
  • Keysight Technologies
  • Kirisun Communications
  • Kisan Telecom
  • Klas Telecom
  • Klein Electronics
  • Kleos
  • KMW
  • Kodiak Networks
  • Koning & Hartman
  • Kontron S&T
  • KPN
  • KRTnet Corporation
  • KT Corporation
  • Kudelski Group
  • Kumu Networks
  • Kyocera Corporation
  • L3 Technologies
  • LCR Embedded Systems
  • Leenos Corporation
  • Lemko Corporation
  • Lenovo
  • Leonardo
  • LG Electronics
  • LG Uplus
  • LGS Innovations
  • Ligado Networks
  • Lime Microsystems
  • LOCIVA
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Lookout
  • LS telcom
  • Luminate Wireless
  • M87
  • Macquarie Group
  • Magister Solutions
  • Martin UAV
  • Mavenir Systems
  • McAfee
  • MediaTek
  • Mellanox Technologies
  • Mentura Group
  • MER Group
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • MIC Nordic
  • Micro Focus
  • Microlab
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Microwave Networks
  • Milestone Systems
  • MitraStar Technology Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Mobile Tornado
  • MobileDemand
  • MobileIron
  • Mobilicom
  • ModUcom (Modular Communication Systems)
  • MoMe
  • Moseley Associates
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Moxtra Public Safety
  • MP Antenna
  • MRV Communications
  • MTI (Microelectronics Technology, Inc.)
  • Mutualink
  • N.A.T.
  • Nash Technologies
  • NEC Corporation
  • Nemergent Solutions
  • Netas
  • NetMotion
  • NETSCOUT Systems
  • New Postcom Equipment
  • Nextivity
  • NextNav
  • NI (National Instruments)
  • NICE Systems
  • NIKSUN
  • Node-H
  • Nokia Networks
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • NuRAN Wireless
  • NVIS Communications
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Oceus Networks
  • Octasic
  • ODN (Orbital Data Network)
  • Omnitele
  • Omoco
  • One2many
  • Openet
  • Oracle Communications
  • Orange
  • PacStar (Pacific Star Communications)
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • Panda Electronics Group
  • Panorama Antennas
  • Parallel Wireless
  • Parsons Corporation
  • PCTEL
  • pdvWireless
  • Pelco (Schneider Electric)
  • Pepro
  • Persistent Telecom
  • Phluido
  • Plover Bay Technologies
  • PMN (Private Mobile Networks)
  • Polaris Networks
  • PoLTE Corporation
  • Potevio
  • PRISMA Telecom Testing
  • Pryme Radio Products
  • Pulse Electronics
  • Qinetiq
  • Qualcomm
  • Quanta Computer
  • Qucell
  • Quintel
  • Quortus
  • RACOM Corporation
  • RAD Data Communications
  • Radio IP Software
  • Radisys Corporation
  • RADWIN
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
  • Range Networks
  • Rave Mobile Safety
  • Raycap
  • Raytheon Company
  • Reality Mobile (ASTRO Solutions)
  • Rebel Alliance
  • Red Hat
  • RED Technologies
  • REDCOM Laboratories
  • Redline Communications
  • Redwall Technologies
  • Rescue 42
  • RF Window
  • RFS (Radio Frequency Systems)
  • RIVA Networks
  • Rivada Networks
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Rogers Communications
  • Rohde & Schwarz
  • Rohill
  • ROK Mobile
  • Rosenberger
  • RugGear
  • Saab
  • SafeMobile
  • SAI Technology
  • SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)
  • Samji Electronics
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sapient Consulting
  • Savox Communications
  • Senstar Corporation
  • Sepura
  • Sequans Communications
  • SerComm Corporation
  • SES
  • Sevis Systems
  • SFR
  • Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company)
  • SIAE Microelettronica
  • Siemens Convergence Creators
  • Sierra Wireless
  • Signal Information & Communication Corporation
  • Siklu Communication
  • Silicom
  • Simoco Wireless Solutions
  • Singtel
  • SiRRAN
  • Sistelbanda
  • SITRONICS
  • Siyata Mobile
  • SK Telecom
  • SK Telesys
  • SLA Corporation
  • SmartSky Networks
  • Smith Micro Software
  • Softil
  • SOLiD
  • Soliton Systems
  • Sonim Technologies
  • Sonus Networks
  • Sony Corporation
  • Sooktha
  • SOTI
  • Southern Linc
  • Space Data Corporation
  • Spectra Group
  • SpiderCloud Wireless
  • Spirent Communications
  • Spreadtrum Communications
  • Sprint Corporation
  • SRS (Software Radio Systems)
  • Star Solutions
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Stop Noise
  • sTraffic
  • StreamWIDE
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries
  • Swisscom
  • Symantec
  • Sysoco Group
  • SyTech (Systems Engineering Technologies) Corporation
  • TacSat Networks
  • Tait Communications
  • Tampa Microwave
  • TASSTA
  • Tata Elxsi
  • TCL Communication
  • TCOM
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Tecom
  • Tecore Networks
  • TEKTELIC Communications
  • Telco Systems
  • Telefnica Group
  • Televate
  • Tellabs
  • Telo Systems Corporation
  • Telos Corporation
  • Telrad Networks
  • Telstra
  • Teltronic
  • Telum
  • Telus Corporation
  • TESSCO Technologies
  • TETRATAB
  • Thales
  • TI (Texas Instruments)
  • Tieto Corporation
  • TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile)
  • Titan Securite
  • TLC Solutions
  • T-Mobile USA
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Trpico
  • TRX Systems
  • Twinhead International Corporation
  • U.S. Cellular
  • UANGEL
  • Ukkoverkot
  • UNIMO Technology
  • URSYS
  • US Digital Designs
  • Utility Associates
  • V5 Systems
  • Vanu
  • Vencore Labs
  • Verint Systems
  • Verizon Communications
  • ViaSat
  • Viavi Solutions
  • Vidyo
  • Vision Technologies
  • Visual Labs
  • VMware
  • VNC (Virtual Network Communications)
  • VNL (Vihaan Networks Limited)
  • Vodafone Group
  • Voxer
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • West Corporation
  • Westell Technologies
  • Wildox (Shenzhen Happy Technology)
  • WINITECH
  • WinMate
  • WiPro
  • Wireless Technologies Finland
  • Wireless Telecom Group
  • WNC (Wistron NeWeb Corporation)
  • WTL (World Telecom Labs)
  • Wytec International
  • xG Technology
  • Xiamen Puxing Electronics Science & Technology
  • Xilinx
  • Xplore Technologies Corporation
  • Z-Com
  • Zello
  • Zetel Solutions
  • Zetron
  • Zinwave
  • ZMTel (Shanghai Zhongmi Communication Technology)
  • ZTE

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