A new funding opportunity has been announced by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office to address gaps in domestic supply chains for key critical materials essential for clean energy technologies.

The agency is allocating $30 million for technologies that reduce both the costs of critical materials and the environmental impacts of production to create a sustainable critical materials supply chain in the U.S. This can be achieved through development of alternative next-generation technologies and field validation and demonstration of methods that improve extraction, separation and processing.

Key critical materials for energy technologies include the rare earth elements neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium and samarium used in permanent magnets for electric vehicle motors, wind turbine generators and high temperature applications. Cobalt required for electric vehicle batteries and for grid storage and high temperature permanent magnet applications is also deemed a critical material, as are lithium, manganese and natural graphite used in batteries.

Source: U.S. Department of EnergySource: U.S. Department of Energy

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