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Recycling of rare earths more than speculation
Green Rare Earth News
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 16:15

Both industry analysts and government officials from several countries have voiced concerns about cost and supply issues with rare earth compounds and some have been suggesting the need to recycle such compounds.

Last month, the German cabinet approved a strategy to help industry shore up supplies. Japan is considering a stockpile of rare earths. And South Korea recently announced plans for doing the same, Bloomberg reported.

With limited geography from which to source locally, Japan is especially vulnerable. The nation accounts for about 50% of China's rare earth metal exports according to various sources, including the China Daily. Research into the potential for recycling of rare earth metals is accelerating because how this relationship might affect Japan's exports. Agreements are in place between Japan and Vietnam, India, and Kazakhstan to explore rare earth minerals.

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Greening of rare earth magnets
Green Rare Earth News
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 13:44

Researchers at the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy claim they have found a way to do away with the polluting byproducts that come from manufacturing of permanent, neodymium-iron-boron magnets, which are used in green technologies, such as for wind turbines. If successful, this could be a breakthrough in the $4 billion and growing industry of permanent magnets, which are found in hybrid vehicles, computers, military products, and countless other end products.

Most of the materials are currently coming from China, but industry is busy looking for other options to avoid a repeat of the 1973 Opec Oil embargo. In other words, the search is on for domestic sources. During the boom years, China assumed near total dominance of production of rare earths, which are used in a vast number of industries, because as with many other industries, China did it cheaply.

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