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5 European Research Projects Seeking to Recover 5 Critical Materials for Clean Energy

A large number of clean energy technologies, from wind turbines and energy-efficient lighting to electric vehicles and thin-film solar cells, are made with materials that have unique chemical and physical characteristics, including magnetic, catalytic and luminescent properties. In 2011 the U.S. Department of Energy has identified five rare-earth materials – neodymium, europium, terbium, dysprosium and […]

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Towards the Circular Economy: 30 European Research Projects in Resource Recovery and Recycling

During the 20th century, worldwide material consumption increased in eight times. By 2050, global resource use is expected to have tripled. Throughout its evolution, our industrial economy has been following a linear model. It means that the economy mostly consumes resources extracted from our natural environment (such as fossil fuels, aggregates, minerals and forest products), […]

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