University of Cambridge researchers have discovered a potential new method for making high-performance magnets. They could be used in wind turbines and electric cars without the need for rare earth elements. The rare earth elements are almost exclusively sourced in China. The team from the University of Cambridge, working with colleagues from Austria, found a […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Coming up with the minerals for producing and using energy and fuels will require a wide range of critical metals. One of these rare earth elements, tellurium for example, is gaining in popularity for use in photovoltaics, or solar panels. As global demand for solar panels continues to increase, so is the need for […]

Northwestern University researchers have discovered with a series of theoretical simulations, that surface polarization in mixed media increases attraction among rare earth elements. Despite their name, rare earth elements actually aren’t that rare. Abundant in mines around the world, rare earths are used in many high-tech products, including visual displays, batteries, super conductors, and computer […]

Researchers have developed aluminum-cerium alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products.  Aluminum-cerium alloys also promise to boost domestic rare earth mining by increasing the demand and, eventually, the value of cerium.  The large team involves research scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) […]

The European Union has begun to gather concern about the availability of rare earth elements.  The rare earth elements are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and efficient automobiles. The demand for metals such as neodymium (Nd) and dysprosium (Dy) is increasing much faster than production. These metals are used in […]

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