Friday, June 3, 2016

USA, Wyoming: Geothermal Brine a Source for Rare Earth Elements

UW, INL Researchers Study Pulling Rare Earth Elements from Industrial Waters (University of Wyoming)

University of Wyoming (UW) researchers have joined colleagues from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to study the potential for retrieving rare earth elements from water produced in oil and gas production and geothermal projects.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that the UW/INL/USGS research project is one of four selected to receive up to $4 million to assess the occurrence of rare earth minerals and other critical materials that may be dissolved in high-temperature fluids associated with energy extraction.