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Europe's rare earth deposits could shore up tech industry horizon-magazine.eu

Europe's rare earth deposits could shore up tech industry

Rare earth elements are an essential ingredient of many of today's technologies, from hybrid cars to wind turbines and laptop computers. Currently, all of Europe's demand is met by imports from elsewhere in the world, and more than 90 % of global rare earth supplies come from China. However, according to scientists working in the field, Europe has enough rare earth deposits to become self-sufficient, if only we had the capability to mine and extract them. That is why researchers across Europe and neighbouring countries are working together to identify deposits and improve extraction techniques.

March 8, 2015 Go to Article