New Men of Coal: Focus on Technology! WVU Rare Earth Extraction Facility Operator Profiles

Members of the WVU rare-earth research team from L to R: Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute; Chris Vass, facility operator; and Xingbo Liu, professor and associate chair of research, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, in the new Rare Earth Extraction Facility at the WVU Energy Institute/National Research Center for Coal and Energy. Courtesy of WVU.

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Ribbon Cutting Reveals West Virginia University Acid Mine Drainage (Coal) Rare Earth Elements Processing

West Virginia State University, who have developed a technique to take acidic mine drainage from coal mines and turn that unwanted waste into critical components used in today’s technology.

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From Coal, A New Source Of Rare Earths

As global demand for rare-earth elements grows, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing millions of dollars to secure a potentially sustainable domestic source of these commercially critical elements from coal and coal waste products.

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