publication . Preprint . 2012

The Battle for New Resources: Minor minerals in green technologies

David S. ABRAHAM;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Mar 2012
Abstract
Emerging green technologies are the most significant and realistic path to reducing global dependence on polluting fossil fuels while simultaneously decreasing the reliance of many countries on oil-rich regimes to meet their energy needs. However, as nations begin to rely on green energy products, they are trading one set of resource dependencies for another. Wind and sun produce energy, but rare minerals like neodymium and tellurium are essential in applications to harness that power. To the extent countries begin to rely on these green energy sources to produce, use, and store power, the geopolitical significance of rare minerals rises. It highlights an emergi...
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