Category Archives: Rare Minerals

Solar PV cells using rare elements unlikely to scale up enough to replace fossil fuels

[ Sunshine may be free, but the materials to make solar contraptions aren’t.   Since sunshine arrives in a diluted form (2500 kWh/m2), vast expanses of solar photovoltaic panels will be needed to produce the world’s 15 Terawatts of power that … Continue reading

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Metal recycling limited and not even possible in some cases

[ I always wondered why more recycling wasn’t done, surely that would be cheaper than the entire process of mining, crushing ore, smelting, fabrication and so on.  But it turns out there are a lot of issues with recycling, and … Continue reading

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China controls over 90% of rare earth mineral production

Michael Klare, in “The Race for what’s left” said the Chinese control up to 97% of the production of some of these minerals. Byron King in China’s Leg Up in the Rare Earths Market writes: “Basically, rare earths are exotic … Continue reading

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