US Department of Energy/West Virginia University Commission Rare Earth Element Plant

The US Department of Energy/West Virginia University Commission Rare Earth Element Plant on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Officials plan to hold a ribbon cutting for a pilot-scale processing plant at West Virginia University aimed at recovering rare earth elements from coal and its byproducts.

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Is the US shooting itself in the foot with tariffs on Chinese rare earth elements?

Among the thousands of Chinese products targeted by the US administration in its latest salvo of tariffs are some rare earth metals, little known chemical elements that are vital to products ranging from hi-tech lasers to wind turbines to lightweight frames for mountain bikes. “It’s kind of nonsense to place import tariffs on Chinese rare earth producers. It is unclear how it offers the US any upside and is unclear how it inflicts any pain on China,” said Ryan Castilloux, founder of Adamas Intelligence, a research firm in Amsterdam. “There really is no ‘buy American’ alternative.”

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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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Munich Research Team Provide First Biochemical Characterization of a Europium-Containing Enzyme

Rare earth elements (REEs) are an indispensable component of the digital technologies that are now an integral part of our everyday life. Yet their biological role has been discovered only recently. A few years ago it became apparent that these metals are essential elements for methano- and methylotrophic bacteria. One representative is the bacterium Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum SolV, which was found in a volcanic mudpot near Naples, Italy, and is known to be strictly dependent on REEs such as lanthanum and cerium for its growth.

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New Lockheed Martin Battery Technology To Feature Rare Earth Elements: REEs vs Lithium

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is working on new battery technology the will forgo use of lithium in favor of rare earth elements. The Company says its new battery technology will be made from nontoxic rare-earth metals and chemicals dissolved in a water solution to hold their charge.

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