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Scientists at the U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore Lab, and Eck Industries announced last week that they have developed a new variety of aluminium alloys that are more resistant to heat and are easier to work with than current alloys. Such alloys have the potential to re-invigorate production of rare-earth elements, which are key to electronics and other modern and emerging technologies.

When rare earths are mined and extracted, the majority of such found in the U.S. is cerium and lanthanum, which have limited large-volume uses. To address this problem, the... More →
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Andrew Lee reports that Siemens has tapped U.S.- based rare-earths specialist Molycorp to supply materials for use in its direct-drive wind turbines. The German group will be supplied under a 10-year deal from the Molycorp facility in Mountain Pass, California.

Like other wind OEMs that produce direct-drive turbines, Siemens relies on supplies of rare-earth metals needed for permanent-magnet generators. Supplies of the materials are dominated by China, which for many years kept a tight rein on their availability via export quotas, and had the power to send foreign users into a panic... More →
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Based on finalized rare-earth production data for 2015, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ...

1. China
Mine Production - 105,000 tons

China dominates rare earth mineral production to such a degree that its export practices were recently challenged by the US European Union and Japan, resulting in a WTO ruling against the country rare-earth export quotas in 2014.

In the past, China has only exported 31,000 tons of its rare earth production. While the country claimed that the limitation was aimed at environmental protection, the WTO ruled that it... More →
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Clint Jasper report that a handful of Australian companies are angling to enter the global rare earths market, with hopes of becoming strategic suppliers of key elements in the production of electric and hybrid cars, smartphones and wind turbines.

The 17 chemical elements that make up the rare earths group are, in fact, fairly commonly found, although not often in quantities that are worth extracting. And not all rare earths are valued equally, some are almost worthless, while the magnet metals, neodymium, praseodymium and dysprosium, are what Australian companies call the sweet spo... More →
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Cecilia Jamasmie reports that while analysts are predicting a rebound in hard-hit rare earth prices later this year, the question that remains unanswered is whether companies outside China, the largest producer, will be able to challenge its dominance.

Melody Bomgardner, a senior editor at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, is not so sure. In a piece published this week, he argues that most of the mining companies that once bet on rare earths are now facing a contradictory reality, as they are working to hike output at a time o... More →
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute reports that in an effort to help develop a sustainable domestic supply of rare earth elements and lessen the U.S. dependence on China for materials that are vital to the production of electronics, wind turbines and many other technologies, two researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a method of extracting rare earths from the drive units and motors of discarded electric and hybrid cars.

With support from the WPI Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, Marion Emmert, assistant professor of chemistry, chemical engineering, and... More →
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This 2011 paper by Ernst and Young builds on their analysis of the technology minerals sector contained in their previous paper, Material risk - Access to technology minerals. In that paper they considered the critical minerals supply risk issue for the high-tech industry. They concluded that there is an urgency for projects to be brought into production if they are to participate in the period of elevated prices. Over the last 12 months, there has been a surge in interest from the global press, along with serious concern from various worldwide government organizations regarding these technolo... More →
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Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. announced it has entered into a uranium offtake agreement with a subsidiary of AREVA, the largest nuclear and renewables energy company in the world. According to the agreement, TRER will supply up to 300,000 pounds of natural uranium concentrates i.e., U308, per year based upon a pricing formula indexed to U308 spot prices at the times of delivery.

The Agreement is for a term of five years commencing in 2018 or as soon thereafter, contingent upon development and production at its Round Top project. Other terms and conditions of the Agreement ref... More →
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Texas Rare Earth Resources closed a private placement for gross proceeds of $659,500. Proceeds will be used for working capital and to advance the company Round Top project. The private placement included significant participation from existing institutional shareholders.

No fees or commissions were paid in connection with the placement. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the private placement for working capital to advance the Company Round Top Project through continued metallurgical research and development, including fulfilling the Company contract with the Departmen... More →
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Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp., an exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths, reports that review of existing data and additional work by K-Tech Inc. at their lab in Lakeland, Florida indicate that potentially economically significant amounts of scandium are being leached from the Round Top rhyolite.

Initial column leach tests were conducted by RDI Inc. in Denver, Colorado in 2013. These results led to TRER adoption of the heap leaching model for extraction of rare earth from the Round Top ore. Since that time the Company has reviewed the raw data to evaluate the potenti... More →
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Texas Rare Earth Resources, Inc. reports that it is imperative to re-establish the United States as the leader in technology, production and refining of the strategically vital heavy rare earth elements. They intend to be the secure supplier of these elements which are the foundation of the U.S. defense and technological infrastructure. Their Round Top deposit is uniquely situated to fill this vital National need.

According to the 2011 Critical Materials Report issued from the U.S. Department of Energy, five of the rare earth elements were found to be critical in terms of supply ris... More →
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Benjamin Stupples and Agnieszka De Sousa report that rare earth minerals are not so rare anymore, thanks to China. Chinese exports of the minerals doubled in July from a year earlier, reaching the highest level in more than four years, according to government data. Shipments advanced after the country last year scrapped its 15-year-old export controls, and then in April removed a tax on ore shipments.

The group of 17 rare earths are used in everything from smart phones to electric cars to cruise missiles. China still accounts for more than 80 percent of global production, primarily ... More →
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Greg Klein reports that the appeal to Western markets is obvious, an advanced, low-cost rare earths project in a friendly jurisdiction. So even before the recent military build-up in the South China Sea, Commerce Resources experienced an increase in American requests for concentrate samples from its northern Quebec Ashram deposit. With the U.S. Navy now challenging Chinese territorial aggression, the confrontation seems to pit two superpowers against each other. But what does that really indicate?

It is actually one lonely small old Russian-built carrier against three U.S. Nimitz-cl... More →
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Ben Kramer-Miller reports that investors associate the production of rare earth elements with China. The Chinese certainly control a lot of REE production, yet their stranglehold over the industry is far from absolute. One small producing nation is India, with about 3,000 tonnes of production. Kramer-Miller concludes that India is positioned to dramatically grow that.

Recent developments suggest that India is poised to triple on a TREO basis in the next year alone with added production of REEs from monazite sand. This would still not be a lot compared with the Chinese, however Ind... More →
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Rare-earth elements (REE - lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, scandium, and yttrium) have unique chemical, magnetic, and luminescent properties that make them critical to several high-technology industries. Their applications in many emerging technologies associated with the transport, information, environment, energy, defense, nuclear, and aerospace industries have gained rapid momentum in recent years. This, together with a narrow global supply base, has led to price incre... More →
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U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5220. The objective of this study is to provide a nontechnical overview of domestic reserves and resources of REE and possibilities for utilizing those resources. At the present time, the United States obtains its REE raw materials from foreign sources, almost exclusively from China. Import dependence upon a single country raises serious issues of supply security. In a global context, domestic REE resources are modest and of uncertain value, hence, available resources in traditional trading partners (such as Canada and Australia) are... More →
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The USGS reports that The REE group is composed of 15 elements that range in atomic number from 57 (lanthanum) to 71 (lutetium) on the periodic table of elements, and are officially referred to as the lanthanoids, although they are commonly referred to as the lanthanides. The rare-earth element promethium (atomic number 61) is not included in discussions of REE deposits because the element is rare and unstable in nature. Yttrium (atomic number 39) is commonly regarded as an REE because of its chemical and physical similarities and affinities with the lanthanoids, and yttrium typically occurs i... More →
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Greg Klein reports that the REE industry calls on government to support a Canadian rare earths supply chain. Free markets supposedly work free of government meddling. But what capitalist would refer to free money, even from government, as meddling? As a number of industry and academic spokespeople told a Canadian parliamentary committee, other governments do it. Canada lags far behind not only China, but also the U.S. and Australia, in funding research and development for a national rare earths industry.

Industry calls on government to support a Canadian rare earths supply chain
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Henry Ledyard opines that the trade war phase of the destruction of the U.S. economy is apparently beginning to ramp up. This involves protectionist policies after the removal of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. This is what happened in the 1930s leading up to the Weimer Republic currency collapse.

He expects that the Chinese government would halt exports or artificially raise the market price of rare earth metals used in high-end steel production. As China controls 95% of rare-earth production, they have a sufficient monopoly to pain U.S. producers. The flow in effect would b... More →
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Shane Lasley reports that a Swiss investment fund with ties to Russia-born billionaire Vladimir Iorich has put in a bid to buy the shuttered Mountain Pass rare earth-element mine in California, raising red flags for U.S. lawmakers concerned about the U.S. dependence on foreign countries for REEs and other metals necessary to maintain the U.S. military high-tech arsenal.

To help promote domestic production of these strategic metals and block foreign firms from buying rare earth mines on U.S. soil, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, introduced the Materials Essential to American Leader... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that Ucore has successfully separated each of the rare earth elements from a pregnant leach solution derived from feedstock from its Bokan Dotson-Ridge project in Alaska. The next day, it announced that it has paid 2.9 million dollars to secure exclusive rights to the Molecular Recognition Technology - MRT - that brought that success from IBC Advanced Technologies.

For heavy rare earths, there is a significant increases in the price of heavy rare earths over the last four or five months. The Molycorp ore body contains about 1 percent of their rare earths are h... More →
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Shane Lasley reports that Ucore Rare Metals Inc. exploration endeavors are proving successful not only in expanding the heavy rare-earth elements-enriched deposit at the Bokan Mountain Project in Southeast Alaska, but in discovering new technologies that advance rare-earth refinement into the 21st Century.

Hoping to cash in on this success, a high net-worth American investor recently tendered a US 1 million dollar down payment toward royalties offered by Ucore. These royalties will not come from the future sale of rare earths mined at Bokan Mountain. Instead, they will derive from t... More →
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Mark Wilcox reports that the University of Wyoming earned one of 10 grants from the U.S. DoE to research separating rare earths valuable to electronics manufacturing out of coal ash. The DOE said that it is looking for cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches to take rare earths out of coal and coal byproducts as rare earths become more valuable to the American way of life. The agency cited unique chemical properties making rare earth elements essential to electronics, computer and communications systems, transportation, health care and national defense. The demand, cost and availa... More →
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WNA, 2015, reports that a large amount of uranium is in rare-earths deposits, and may be extracted as a by-product. Higher uranium prices and geopolitical developments have enhanced the economic potential for recovering these.

In addition to the 5.4 million tonnes of uranium in the known recoverable resources, there are substantial amounts comprising what is known as unconventional resources. One of these is rare earths, in relation to which China has a preeminent position as supplier. This gives rise to commercial pressure for development of other deposits outside China. Some of th... More →
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US Rare Earths has one of the best chances of developing a successful rare earths mining and processing facility in the United States thanks to its rare earths property at Lemhi Pass (western Montana and eastern Idaho), for which it has already completed a NI- 43-101 compliant preliminary exploration and assessment showing high concentrations of critical rare earths. The company expects to begin processing by 2017 in the United States. The exploration record at Lemhi Pass suggests that it may hold the highest concentrations of rare earths elements in the U.S. USRE intends to revisit existing h... More →
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