Move over lithium, there’s about to be a revolution in how energy is stored and it’s about to get bigger and better than ever before. Vanadium might not be new to the scene in general as its presence in steel has grown over the years. Vanadium steel is lighter and stronger than other metal alloys and is currently used in airplanes, cars, and rocket engines. In fact, Vanadium steel is used in about 43% of cars but estimated to increase to 85% of cars by 2025. The price of Vanadium has risen 300% since 2015 and the upward tick just might continue.
Earlier this week the EIA stated that oil terminals on the Texas Gulf Coast exported more crude oil than they imported in April of this year; surpassing imports by 15,000 bpd. A month later, the spread between imports and exports in Texas widened to 470,000 bpd which contributed to the U.S.’ record setting crude oil export total of 2 million bpd. The Texas gulf coast had previously been credited with approximately half of the United States’ crude oil exports until this upsurge, bringing the area’s contribution up to 70% in May of 2018.