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Energizer Continues to Receive Positive Results on Green Giant Vanadium Project in Madagascar; Engages Vanadium Expert

Posted at 3:59 p.m. on January 1, 2010

Energizer Resources Inc. (formerly Uranium Star Corp.)  (TSX.V: EGZ) (OTCBB:ENZR) (FRANKFURT:YE5) (“Energizer” or “the Company”) announces it has received XRF results from the latest completed drill holes on its 100%-owned Green Giant Vanadium Project in Madagascar.  The Company is pleased to report that these XRF results confirm continued vanadium mineralization in and along the main vanadium trend.

A total of 6,779 metres have been drilled to date in the 2010 drill program, bringing the total metres drilled on the property to 19,783 metres. The assays from these drill samples will be added on to and will increase the Company’s current National Instrument 43-101 indicated resource of 21.74 million tonnes V2O5 and an inferred resource of 4.15 million tonnes V2O5 .

Highlights of XRF Results

The following are highlights of drill hole XRF readings. A complete table summarizing the latest XRF vanadium mineralization results at a cut-off grade of 0.5% vanadium pentoxide (V2O5 ) intersected since the previous press release (dated June 8, 2010) follows at the end of this news release.

  • Hole M-87 intersected 0.70% V2O5 over 63 metres
  • Hole K-03 intersected 0.55% V2O5 over 84 metres, including 0.75 V2O5 over 16.5 metres
  • Hole K-09 intersected 0.58% V2O5 over 54 metres, including 0.70 V2O5 over 9.5 metres
  • Hole K-05 intersected 0.56% V2O5 over 69 metres
  • Hole M-53 intersected 0.76% V2O5 over 9 metres, including 0.88 V2O5 over 4.5 metres
  • Hole K-02 intersected 0.51% V2O5 over 48 metres

The Company continues to use Niton XL3t hand-held XRF instrumentation to gather readings on core samples with respect to vanadium content, as well as other elements. The Company cautions that XRF readings are not certifiable or recognized in any National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource calculation and variability can be seen when compared with subsequent assays from a registered laboratory.  However, the Company has gained ample experience with XRF technology and expects that frequent calibration to registered standards have enabled it to obtain XRF readings which have a strong correlation to corresponding assay results.

Related drill core samples continue to be sent to Genalysis Laboratory Services for assaying and the Company looks forward to reporting the drill assay results as they become available.  The Company will continue to report on XRF vanadium results from the field as they become available.

Vanadium Expert Retained

Energizer has retained the services of vanadium industry expert, Terrance Perles, to assist the Company in quantifying the future market opportunity for V2O5 , among other things.  Although industry experts expect the demand for vanadium from the steel industry to grow at 7% year over year from 2010 to 2025, the potential growth from emerging battery technologies is unknown.  With the expected commercialization of vanadium redox energy storage systems, evidenced by the recent majority-stake acquisition of vanadium redox battery (VRB) manufacturer, Cellstrom GmbH, by a+f GmbH, the renewable energy subsidiary of German-based conglomerate Gildemeister GmbH, vanadium industry experts expect a shortage in supply of the high purity vanadium required for these  VRBs.

Each of these VRBs require between one and five tonnes of V2O5 , depending on the size of the VRB, and are being successfully installed into markets like India, which tend to suffer from inadequate and unreliable power infrastructure.  To view information on a+f/Cellstrom’s CellCube VRB, please visit  www.cellcube.com.

Terrance Perles has been involved in the vanadium industry for 22 years, most recently directing the sales and marketing efforts of, and acting in senior management positions with, Stratcor, Inc.  and Evraz Group’s Vanadium Business Unit.   The Evraz Group S.A., based in Luxembourg, is one of the largest vertically-integrated steel, mining and vanadium businesses in the world.

Terrance Perles states, “Today, more than 90% of existing vanadium demand is from the global steel industry, driven by increased steel production primarily in China, India and the developing world.  At the same time, various economic and legislative factors are increasing the use of vanadium in the steel industry where production of higher strength steels to meet the growing demand for infrastructure is accelerating on a global basis.  As a result, we expect the demand for vanadium to grow at 7% year-over-year from 2010 to 2025 based on the steel industry alone.”

Mr. Perles continues, “Now that the vanadium redox flow battery technology seems to be on the cusp of mass commercialization, it could lead to an explosive new demand for vanadium.  In this application, purity of the vanadium compound (in the form of V2O5) is critical, whereas purity is of little concern to the steel producers, given the small amount of vanadium added to steel.  Therefore, it is critical for the vanadium, steel and battery industries to recognize the growing demand for vanadium in the coming years, as well as the possible structural change in quality requirements resulting from large scale commercialization of the vanadium redox flow battery systems.  Significant supply shortages of V2O5 are possible in the coming years unless significant additional production,  meeting battery application quality requirements, is brought on line in the next few years.  Vanadium prices should reflect the tight but growing market conditions in the coming years and we anticipate V2O5 market prices will move up from current levels into the range of US$10.00 to US$15.00 per pound V2O5 .”

Green Giant Positioned to Meet Forecasted Demand

Energizer’s Green Giant project is being positioned to meet not only the 7% year-over-year increase in demand forecasted from the steel industry, but also the significant demand expected from emerging battery storage applications and is expected to provide the sureness of price and supply necessary to encourage and support vanadium-based battery technologies.

Qualified Person

Craig Scherba, P.Geol., V.P. of Exploration and Director of the Company, is the qualified person for the geological information provided in this release. Taiga Consultants Ltd. is continuing to conduct the Company’s exploration activities on the Green Giant Vanadium Project and PEG Mining Consultants Inc. continues to provide engineering expertise for the project, including oversight of the metallurgical work currently underway at Mintek Laboratories in South Africa and SGS Laboratories in Canada.

 

XRF Summary of V2O5 Mineralization at 0.5% Cut-Off Grade

Latest Diamond Drill Holes from 2010 Drill Program

Program HoleID From To Length V2O5 Composite
2010 K-01 101 105.5 4.5 0.522 4.5m @ 0.52 V2O5
2010 K-01 143 155 12 0.579875 12.0m @ 0.58 V2O5
2010 K-02 155 203 48 0.5132188 48.0m @ 0.51 V2O5
2010 K-03 62 146 84 0.5500893 84.0m @ 0.55 V2O5
2010 K-05 45.5 114.5 69 0.5582391 69.0m @ 0.56 V2O5
2010 K-09 135.5 189.5 54 0.5783579 54.0m @ 0.58 V2O5
2010 M-05 54.5 85 30.5 0.5 30.5 @ 0.50 V2O5
2010 M-53 71 80 9 0.7636667 9.0m @ 0.76 V2O5
2010 M-53 98 102.5 4.5 0.6793333 4.5m @ 0.68 V2O5
2010 M-65 54.5 60.5 6 0.789 6.0m @ 0.79 V2O5
2010 M-65 101 105.5 4.5 0.536 4.5m @ 0.54 V2O5
2010 M-85 99.5 129.5 30 0.51925 30.0m @ 0.52 V2O5
2010 M-86 159.5 180.5 21 0.6432857 21.0m @ 0.64 V2O5
2010 M-87 188 206 18 0.59 18.0m @ 0.59 V2O5
2010 M-87 221 284 63 0.7 63.0m @ 0.70 V2O5

For more information, please visit our website at www.energizerresources.com

Or contact:

Brent Nykoliation

Vice President - Business Development

Energizer Resources Inc.

Toll Free: 800.818.5442 or 416.364.4911

Email: bnykoliation@energizerresources.com

or

Julie Lee Harrs, President and COO

Cautionary Statement: The above resource estimates were calculated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. For United States reporting purposes, Industry Guide 7 (under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), as interpreted by the Staff of the SEC, applies different standards in order to classify mineralization as a reserve. Among other things, the terms “measured”, “indicated” and “inferred” mineral resources are required pursuant to National Instrument 43-101, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize such terms. Canadian standards differ significantly from the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and mineral resource information contained herein is not comparable to similar information regarding mineral reserves disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. This mineral resource estimate includes inferred resources that are normally considered too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is also no certainty that the inferred mineral resource will be converted to the measured and indicated mineral resource categories through further drilling, or into a mineral reserve once economic considerations are applied. U.S. investors should understand that “inferred” mineral resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. In addition, investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the Company’s mineral resources constitute or will be converted into reserves.
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