Act now to secure the UK’s critical materials supply, say Birmingham experts

The UK must act now to ensure a stable supply of technology-critical metals (TCMs) essential for its transition to clean energy and the delivery of its ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, according to a new Policy Commission report produced by the University of Birmingham. Technology-critical metals such as rare earths, lithium and […]

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

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

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

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 […]