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A pumpjack pumps oil from a well in an American Southwest desert.

Critical minerals from fossil fuel waste

DOE funds R&D for recovering critical metals while creating clean water from fossil fuel waste. The Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is providing $17.5 million in... — Updated 2/10/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A laboratory-scale device using laminar co-flow to isolate pure magnesium salt.

Magnesium battle between EVs and cattle

Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Washington have dicovered a simple way to extract what could be considered one of the most critical minerals to the United... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A creek colored bright orange from metals dissolved in the acidic water.

DOE seeks unconventional critical minerals

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $156 million in funding for a first-of-a-kind facility to extract and separate rare earth elements and critical minerals from unconventional sources like mining... — Updated 9/20/2022


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