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A new method developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) involving sulfidation promises to make the rare earth refinement process easier, cheaper, and greener.
The dependence on imports of rare earth elements from China will increase further as a result of the planned phase-out of combustion engine technology and the expansion of renewable energies. New raw material deposits are therefore being sought. In this series, rawmaterials.net presents promising candidates. This time we go to the south, to the Iberian Peninsula.
For Taiwan, the production of semiconductor chips is of more than just economic significance. In geopolitical terms too, the branch is important for strengthening the country’s position vis-a-vis China. There is even talk about a silicon shield protecting the island.
Sweden already plays a significant role in the history of rare earths. Perhaps the key to Europe's independence from raw materials also lies in Scandinavia.
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