Energy Department Allocates Funding for Rare Earth Extraction

Three facilities will be constructed to extract minerals from coal and coal waste.

The Department of Energy (DOE) distributed $17 million to three projects set to construct facilities for rare earth extraction from coal and coal waste. Rare earth minerals, such as neodymium and dysprosium, are necessary for essential components of green energy technologies, like solar panels and electric vehicle batteries.

President Biden’s administration promotes the production of green technology, but over 80 percent of the rare earth minerals currently used in domestic manufacturing are imported. It is possible to extract these minerals from coal and coal waste, which is a thriving economic sector in the U.S.

“The investments announced today will not only increase our national security and ensure a cleaner environment but will also help deliver high-quality jobs in all pockets of the country,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is helping narrow the nation’s dependence on foreign supply chains, by reimagining the use of coal waste and byproducts as a domestic source of the critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. energy officials as they support the construction of facilities to extract rare earth minerals from coal and coal waste.
  • For Secretary Granholm to be led by the Lord as she heads efforts to promote and increase green energy production.

Sources: Department of Energy


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