DOE grant continues research into rare-earth elements extraction from coal

June 26, 2017

In 2016, a team of Penn State and U.S. Department of Energy researchers discovered a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal byproducts. Now, through a $1 million grant from DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, this research may be headed one-step closer to commercialization.

Penn State and a consortium of three industry partners, Texas Mineral Resources Corporation (TMRC), Inventure Renewables Inc., and K-Technologies, will use the funding to conduct laboratory testing and prepare a technical design for a pilot plant to profitably produce salable REEs and other critical elements from coal-related materials from an eastern Pennsylvania anthracite coal mine. The goal is to determine the economic feasibility of recovering REEs from domestic coal and coal by-products. <Read full article on Penn State News>