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China Controls 90% of the World’s Rare Earths Production

Perhaps that the folks in Brussels, keen on seeing their renewable energy transition pet project succeed, scratch their head, before they launch their next self-defeating sanction package #312.

Rare Earths Infographic

Rare earths are an essential ingredient for many modern achievements, like cell phones, computers and wind turbines. There are signs that supplies of these rare earths are depleting rapidly, see infographic (click picture below (twice) to enlarge:)
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DoE Allocates $120M To Avert Critical Materials Shortage

The US Department of Energy allocated $120 million to make sure near-term supply of five rare earth metals, dysprosium, terbium, europium, neodymium and yttrium, will be ensured. These materials are essential components of advanced wind turbines, solar cells as well as electric vehicles and energy efficient lighting. For this purpose a new Energy Innovation Hub is launched, lead by the Ames Laboratory in Iowa, called the Critical Materials Institute and modelled after the successful Bioenergy Research Centers, founded under president Bush. DoE: “The new Hub will focus on technologies that will enable us to make better use of the materials we have access to as well as eliminate the need for materials that are subject to supply disruptions“.

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Seabed mud contains large quatities of rare earths

Here is another recent discovery concerning rare earths. It turns out that those elements are so abundant on the bottom of the ocean that the mud covering just one square kilometre of ocean floor in the Pacific Ocean could supply one-fifth of the current annual world consumption, according to a new study published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience.

Brasil has rare earths in abundance

Currently China produces 95% of the so-called rare earths. In that light the recent discovery of large deposits of rare earths in Brazil is welcome news for high-tech industrial consumers of these materials. Recent Chinese restrictions on the export of rare earth minerals has made this discovery even more valuable. The deposits were discovered by Vale, the world’s largest iron ore mining company.


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