Yale and UNEP joined to recycle rare metals
Some of the rare metals are not just rare, but they are also playing important roles which determine the development of various environmentally friendly products. You could find some of them like lithium and indium at those hybrid cars’ battery packs, solar cells, and even the LED or Light Emitting Diodes lights. While they are quite difficult to be found, numerous researches think that recycling is the ultimate answer.
The rare metals recycling process and plants won’t only enhance the supplies and let the prices low for various manufacturers, but also giving a different kind of employment while mining projects and those stocks below the ground are getting less throughout time. UN Environment Program reported that smelting metals from ores take up to ten times higher amount of energy rather than recycling those metals.
The preliminary report released by Yale University in conjunction with UNEP explains further information about rare metals recycling. Since most alternative energy technologies must use rare elements to support their developments, the report mentioned the big impact of industries. While we need various experiments around solar cells and even wind turbines, that means lots of raw materials will be needed. A dramatic boost in rare metals recycling rates is highly needed. Without the jump in those rates, there won’t be enough materials for mass production of developed alternative energy technologies.
It’s almost useless if the ultimate solution has developed successfully but there’s no chance to manufacture it in bulk because lack of raw materials. The report is not the end of the struggle from Yale University and UNEP as it needs more additional information including the actual amount of supply details and even how to recycle more than 60 rare metals with the most practical methods. The secondary report will be available around October.