An infographic on rare earth elements (REEEs) has been published on ABRI’s website.
Rare earth elements are used in rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent lamps, solar cells and a variety of other high technology products. There are 17 REEs: 15 are called lanthanides, plus yttrium and scandium. This infographic from vouchercloud tells the story and argues for more recycling.
According to vouchercloud, strong demand for REEs in the clean technology sector will be met by increased production in countries such as Australia (with an estimated one percent of global reserves). However, it will take time for global supply to scale up to meet the expected increases in demand. Recycling of rare earths from all sources, including batteries, will help to ensure ongoing supply of these critical resources.
In 2011 ABRI reported that Umicore had launched the first program to recycle rare earths from nickel metal hydride batteries.