University of Kentucky – Rare Earth Element Identification andCharacterization of Coal and Coal By-Products Containing High Rare Earth Element Concentrations

Technology Partner: University of KentuckyAward Number: FE0026443
Project Duration: 10/1/2016 – 4/30/2018Total Project Value: $400,000

Key Technology Area: Enabling Technologies

NETL is partnering with the University of Kentucky to identify, locate, field sample, and chemically analyze U.S. domestic coal and coal by-product solid and/or liquid materials that contain high rare earth element (REE) concentrations (i.e., greater than or equal to 300 parts per million total REEs). This project supports NETL’s REE Program by identifying U.S. coal-based resources for developing technologies to separate and recover rare earth elements for use in producing commercial products and national defense equipment.

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