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Rare Earth Mineral Processing Pilot

Economic Sector
Energy Utilization
Environmental Benefits
Clean airClean soilClimate change
Consortium members
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd.Helmholtz Institute Freiburg for Resource TechnologySolvay Rare Earth Systems
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Year Announced
SDTC Funding
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Lead organization:

Quest Rare Minerals Ltd.


Rare earth minerals are a key component of many clean technologies, including energy efficient electric motors, light-emitting diode (LED) lights and wind turbines. However, current methods used to mine and process rare earth minerals have repercussions on the natural environment. Quest Rare Minerals has developed a sustainable, energy-efficient process to extract rare earths from mined ore and recycled fluorescent light bulbs. The consortium will demonstrate a novel technology that uses chemical reactions to extract rare earth from granitic ore while minimizing the extraction of unwanted elements – all while producing fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and tailings waste than the current process. The project will scale up the bench scale process to the pilot stage with subsequent commercial production planned at Becancour, Quebec.


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