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August 27, 2021
DOE Awards $19 Million for Initiatives to Produce Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals

By Production of Critical Materials Essential for Clean Energy Projects Can Create Jobs in Coal and Power Plant Communities The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded $19 million for 13 projects in traditionally fossil fuel-producing communities across the country to support production of rare earth elements and critical minerals vital to the manufacturing […]

August 27, 2021
Rare Earth Elements Project

by Join the Science History Institute as we examine the rare earth elements and their impact on society. are earth chemistry and quantum science have the potential to profoundly change our lives. Breakthroughs on the horizon could affect energy, communications, computing, and more. We invite scientists and engineers, educators and students, economists and environmentalists, […]

August 27, 2021
Rare Earth Elements

By Rare Element Resources What are Rare Earths?  The Japanese call them “the seeds of technology.”  The US Department of Energy calls them “technology metals.”  They make possible the high tech world we live in today – everything from the miniaturization of electronics, to the enabling of green energy and medical technologies, to supporting a myriad of essential […]

August 27, 2021
Mineral Resource of the Month: Rare Earth Elements

by U.S. Geological Survey via Daniel J. Cordier, rare earth commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey, has prepared the following information on the rare earths, which have been used commercially since the 1880s. The rare earths are a group of 17 metallic elements that occur in nature as nonmetallic compounds. Ironically, they’re not […]

August 27, 2021

By Renewable energy development relies upon sufficient quantities of rare earth minerals, specifically neodymium, terbium, indium, dysprosium, and praseodymium. These are used in the production of solar panels and wind turbines. If the world is to meet the greenhouse gas emissions targets sought in the Paris Climate Agreement the availability of these minerals must […]

August 27, 2021
Don’t Panic about Rare Earth Elements

By Jeremy Hsu via Scientific American The materials used in iPhones and Tesla cars need not become a long-term casualty of a U.S.-China trade war As trade tensions rise between the U.S. and China, rare earth minerals are once again in the political spotlight. Today Chinese mines and processing facilities provide most of the world's supply, and […]

August 26, 2021
The new U.S. plan to rival China and end cornering of market in rare earth metals

By Samantha Subin via CNBC News While companies like Lynas and MP Materials are eager to ramp up the domestic supply chains, extracting rare earths is a difficult process due to a combination of environmental, technical and political factors. Many regions, including the European Union, have an abundance of these resources but lack the expertise […]

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