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[MIT News] Clean energy could lead to scarce materials

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As the world moves toward greater use of low-carbon and zero-carbon energy sources, a possible bottleneck looms, according to a new MIT study: the supply of certain metals needed for key clean-energy technologies.

Wind turbines, one of the fastest-growing sources of emissions-free electricity, rely on magnets that use the rare earth element neodymium. And the element dysprosium is an essential ingredient in some electric vehicles’ motors. The supply of both elements — currently imported almost exclusively from China — could face significant shortages in coming years, the research found.

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Brace yourself..

Anti-China posts incoming tongue.gif
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Hydro-electric and thorium reactors for everybody!
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Originally Posted by InfernoReaper View Post

Hydro-electric and thorium reactors for everybody!

Thorium is the solution.
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The main mining areas are in China, the United States, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia and other parts of the world including my country, however the production in many countries is still in baby stages.

Once demand grow,these production sites will evolve

Nothing to worry about and see here.
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Originally Posted by InfernoReaper View Post

Hydro-electric and thorium reactors for everybody!

Thorium is the solution.

Too bad it isn't feasible yet.
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post #7 of 68
Don't be silly guys, thorium is from WoW!
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Originally Posted by Eduardv View Post

The main mining areas are in China, the United States, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia and other parts of the world including my country, however the production in many countries is still in baby stages.
Once demand grow,these production sites will evolve
Nothing to worry about and see here.

^ This.

The demand isn't here yet, so production is low.
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Originally Posted by InfernoReaper View Post

Hydro-electric and thorium reactors for everybody!

Hydroelectric power generators and thorium nuclear reactors both require the same rare earth element neodymium for use in the turbines that convert the mechanical energy (running water in the former, steam in the latter) into electrical energy.
post #10 of 68
Dirty electricity can lead to scare materials too.... Just look at how much more scarce oil is now than before.
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