Month: February 2021

A truck transports rare earth to be exported at the Port of Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province, China. Image credit: Alamy.
Posted 25 February 2021 in Uncategorised

How can we secure a responsible supply of critical materials for the 21st century economy?

Researchers are mitigating the dependency on rare earth imports by developing novel technological solutions. Our most important technologies, from communications devices to electric vehicles, depend on raw materials that are not evenly distributed around the world – or readily available. Elements we need to power digital devices and climate-friendly technologies are at risk of supply […]

Scrap metal in a skip
Posted 23 February 2021 in Uncategorised

New consortium unites the UK’s techmetal leaders to support UK Net-Zero 2050 target

A UK-wide consortium that will unite expertise in technology metals has been launched by more than 40 UK organisations, pledging £1.6M to help direct policy and ensure a sustainable supply of these valuable resources. The Technology Metals Circular Economy Centre (TechMET CE), which includes the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials […]

A sample rare earth magnet from HyProMag
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New project announced to deliver recycling supply chain for luxury cars

The University of Birmingham has announced a three-year research project with Bentley Motors to deliver a sustainable source of rare earth magnets for electric and hybrid vehicles for one of the most sought-after luxury car brands in the world. The £2.6m RaRE (Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines) project is funded by the Office for Low Emission […]