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Does coal have a role to play in the growing global rare earth market?

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29 August 2019

Does coal have a role to play in the growing global rare earth market?

Report summary

Rare earth elements are important materials used in 21st-century technologies. High-tech applications in the automobile, defence and electronics industries are increasingly dependent on these highly conductive and magnetic minerals. Analysts expect the demand for rare earths to grow by as much as 140% by 2030. Coal and coal waste resources are known to contain rare earth elements. Should their coal and rare earth concentrations be high enough, new markets for coal mining and coal consuming operations could emerge.

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  • The US is working to improve its rare earth security of supply
  • At times, trade tensions threaten the security of rare earth supply
  • Coordinated coal/rare earth RD&D is essential

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  • Rare earth from coal research efforts supported by the US DOE and NETL

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