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DOE eyes unconventional REE refinery

Seeks input as it considers new $140M REE separation facility Metal Tech News – February 16, 2022

 

Last updated 7/12/2022 at 1:52pm

DOE rare earths REE refinery US domestic supply chain EV battery lithium-ion

Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture

DOE is preparing to fund a demonstration facility able to extract rare earths and critical minerals from unconventional sources, separate them into individual oxides, and then refine them into the metals needed for modern technologies.

Looking to break America's reliance on China for rare earths and critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $140 million to develop a facility that extracts these minerals from unconventional sources and then refines them into the metals needed for electric vehicles, renewable energy generation, and other modern technologies.

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