By now, you’ve likely heard of the ambitious plans for our new book “Visualizing Change”.
We’re aiming to take hundreds of pages of our best infographics, charts, and visualizations, and connect them with one universal theme: what are the fundamental forces shaping the business and investing world?
To make the book a reality we are funding through Kickstarter – and with just a few days remaining to reach our goal, only you can help us make it there.
Example Book Spreads
As we get closer to the funding deadline, we’ve been working hard to imagine how the book could look. Click below to see two exclusive sneak previews of how the pages of this infographic book will be laid out:
|"The War on Cash"|
The first six pages of this infographic, mocked up as it could appear in book.
|"The Tech Invasion"
How tech companies make their money, and are taking non-tech markets by storm.
The final product is guaranteed to capture your imagination with hundreds of pages of our best work to date, including 40+ pages of new, never-before-seen infographics!
One Potential Snag…
To date, we are still short of reaching our funding goal to make the book – and now there are less than 10 days left.
Want to help make sure it goes into production? Here’s how you can help:
- Make any pledge on our Kickstarter page here to help us reach our funding goal
- Share the campaign for the book on social media or with friends
- Instead of ordering one copy, order a bulk-pack of 10 or 50 (branded with your logo) and give to clients or friends
It’s zero-risk to pledge on Kickstarter, and credit cards don’t get charged unless we reach our funding goal.
Antimony: A Mineral with a Critical Role in the Green Future
Despite its lack of fanfare, antimony is a critical mineral that plays an important role in the mass storage of renewable energy.
Antimony: A Mineral with a Critical Role in the Green Future
If someone asked you to name the first mineral that came to mind, odds are, it wouldn’t be antimony.
Yet, despite its lack of fanfare, it plays a significant role in our day-to-day lives. This graphic from Perpetua Resources provides an overview of antimony’s key uses, and the critical role it plays in the movement towards clean energy, among other uses.
What even is Antimony?
Antimony is an element found in the earth’s crust. Rarely found in its native metallic form, it is primarily extracted from the sulfide mineral stibnite.
It has a variety of uses and is found in everything from household items to military-grade equipment. Because it conducts heat poorly, it’s used as a flame retardant in industrial uniforms, equipment, and even children’s clothing.
|End Use||% of antimony consumption in the U.S.|
|Transportation and batteries||29%|
|Ceramics and glass||12%|
Its second most common use, according to USGS, is in transportation and batteries. Traditionally, antimony has been combined with lead to create a strong, corrosion-resistant metal alloy, which is particularly useful in lead-acid batteries.
However, recent innovation has found a new use for antimony—it now plays an essential role in large-scale renewable energy storage, which is critical to the clean energy movement.
Antimony’s Role in Clean Energy
Large-scale renewable energy storage has been a massive hurdle for the clean energy transition because it’s hard to consistently generate renewable power. For instance, wind and solar farms might have a surplus of energy on windy or sunny days, but can fall short when the weather isn’t sunny, or when the wind stops.
Because of this, mass storage of renewable energy is key, in order to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Recent research points to liquid metal batteries as a potential storage solution—and these batteries heavily rely on antimony.
But there’s a finite supply, and with China currently dominating antimony production and processing, the U.S. could be at the mercy of its economic rival.
|Country||Production in 2020 (tons)||Reserves (tons)|
In 2020, there was no domestically mined production of antimony in America—meaning the U.S. relied on other countries, primarily China, for its antimony supply.
In the past, China has imposed restrictions on the exports of antimony-based products to the U.S., which reduced availability and increased prices. Because of this, antimony was identified as one of the 35 minerals that are critical to U.S. national security.
Tapping into Domestic Supply
To decrease foreign dependence, the U.S. could tap into domestic resources of antimony and build up its local supply chain.
The only major antimony deposit in North America is located in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine Mining District of central Idaho. This site is the largest reserve in the nation and is expected to supply roughly 35% of U.S. antimony demand on average for the first six years of production.
Domestic production would not only allow the U.S. to reduce its import reliance, but it would also create jobs, providing economic support for the local community.
In the near future, antimony demand could soar as a result of its critical role in clean energy storage—and domestic production via the Stibnite-Yellow Pine Mining district could play a key role in meeting this rising demand.
What’s New on VC+ in May?
This month, we dive into bonus content from our new Generational Power Index, as well as topical visualizations in the news.
If you’re a regular visitor to Visual Capitalist, you know that we’re your home base for data-driven, visual storytelling that helps explain a complex world.
But did you know there’s a way to get even more out of Visual Capitalist, all while helping support the work we do?
New to VC+ in May 2021
VC+ is our members program that gives you exclusive access to extra visual content and insightful special features. It also gets you access to The Trendline, our new members-only graphic newsletter.
So, what is getting sent to VC+ members in the coming weeks?
“At a Glance: Global Trends 2040”
SPECIAL DISPATCH: A Close Look at Future Trends
In today’s world, time is of the essence. With the sea of information that exists, it’s difficult to extract what’s truly important.
In this Special Dispatch series, we’ll do the mental work for you. We’ll look at global reports from reputable sources, and neatly cover the key takeaways along with context and commentary.
This time, we’ll examine Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World, a National Intelligence Council report which has been prepared for incoming U.S. administrations since 1997.
Publishing date: May 5 (Get VC+ to access)
“Generational Power Index 2021: VC+ Bonus Material”
SPECIAL DISPATCH: Bonus Content From Our First GPI
Later this week, we are launching the inaugural edition of the Generational Power Index (GPI). This new report measures economic, political, and cultural power across generations and how much influence they have over American society.
The GPI is the first of its kind and will serve as a powerful data-driven tool that provides insight into intergenerational power dynamics, and how they evolve over time.
In this Special Dispatch, VC+ members will get an exclusive look at bonus content that didn’t end up making it into the final report.
Publishing date: May 12 (Get VC+ to access)
“Overhead Insights: Decoding the Earth’s Surface”
SPECIAL DISPATCH: Identifying Patterns From Space
From space, human influence on our planet is unmistakable.
In this VC+ special feature, we’ll use satellite imagery to explore America’s sprawling network of oil and gas infrastructure.
Publishing date: May 19 (Get VC+ to access)
“The News in Charts: May 2021”
SPECIAL DISPATCH: Powerful Charts From News Stories of the Past Month
With the fast-paced news cycle, it can be quite difficult to keep track of all that’s going on.
In this recurring feature, we look back at some of the most newsworthy events of May 2021 across categories from markets to geopolitics—and provide key takeaways using succinct charts from various media outlets.
Publishing date: May 26 (Get VC+ to access)
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With The Trendline, we’ll send you the best visual content, datasets, and insightful reports relating to business that our editors find each week.
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