Current Uses and Future Opportunities for US Industry in Rare Earth Elements and Critical Materials Technologies and Markets: Knowledge-Base Tool Development

Justin Richter, Nick Shultz, Randy Vander Wal

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Abstract

Critical minerals (CMs), and the standalone subset, rare earth elements (REEs) have become important materials in a broad range of technologies significant to national security, energy, medical, and consumer products. In 2017, the United States had no primary production for 22 of the 37 CMs and was limited to byproduct production of 5 minerals on the CM list. Limited domestic production for many CMs creates a significant national security risk. This work will develop a domestic supply chain strategy critical to bolstering the strength and resilience of U.S. production in order to mitigate supply risks, stimulatesindustrial capabilities, and support supply chain infrastructure. This work aligns with DOE-NETL near-term goals (2020-2021) to validate technical and economic feasibility for production of high purity (90-99%), salable rare earth compounds from coal-based materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication38th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference 2021
Subtitle of host publicationClean Coal-based Energy/Fuels and the Environment, PCC 2021
PublisherInternational Pittsburgh Coal Conference
Pages165-168
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781713853589
StatePublished - 2021
Event38th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference 2021: Clean Coal-based Energy/Fuels and the Environment, PCC 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Sep 20 2021Sep 23 2021

Publication series

Name38th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference 2021: Clean Coal-based Energy/Fuels and the Environment, PCC 2021
Volume1

Conference

Conference38th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference 2021: Clean Coal-based Energy/Fuels and the Environment, PCC 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period9/20/219/23/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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