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Strategic Metals in Batteries: Clean Tech Possibilities

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Richard & Rhoda Goldman School

2607 Hearst Avenue

Room 250

Berkeley, CA 94720

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As momentum for environmentally friendly technologies grows, concerns have arisen about the supply of critical metals such as lithium and cobalt for batteries; tantalum in capacitors; indium, cadmium, selenium and tellurium for solar cells; and rare earth elements (REE) for wind turbines.

The geology and geography of mineral deposits can greatly affect the extraction processes, costs, quantities and security of supply. Some strategic metals are produced as by-products of base metals such as copper, zinc and nickel, which affects their economics. This BERCShop will discuss complexities and possibilities of such metal supply, and will include a case study on cobalt.

Laurie Reemeyer is a Minerals Process Engineer, 2010 Haas FTMBA and BERC alum. He worked in copper, lead, zinc and silver mines and smelters in Australia, then on due diligence and engineering studies of base and precious metals projects for Amec Foster Wheeler. In 2016 he founded Resourceful Paths, a consultancy focused on sustainability in mining. He helps governments and mining companies assess ways to reduce impacts through better water and waste management, energy efficiency and enhanced resource recovery. He also provides strategic advice on supply of strategic metals for clean tech applications.

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Richard & Rhoda Goldman School

2607 Hearst Avenue

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Berkeley, CA 94720

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