Abstract: Numerous critical mineral commodities are used in advanced energy systems, in applications involving gas turbines, renewable power generation, energy storage, and associated electronics. The development of new mineral production capacity in the U.S. can result in new opportunities for graduates with backgrounds in financial modeling, geosciences, mining, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy. The concept of Geometallurgyrequires an aggregation of these fields and has been described as "a scientific discipline in which geological data, mining data, and processing data are co-analyzed to generate useful information and knowledge to optimize resource profitability."
A significant body of research is required to bring a project to commercial production. This presentation will highlight the project development process as well as the types of research results that are required to prepare a package that can attract investment. Examplesfrom current activities in the U.S. will be used and included will bebasic means by which the progress of this research can be continuously evaluated with respect to the goal of optimized resource profitability.
About: Pete Rozelleis an Advisor to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences about mineral resources. He is a retired Program Manager at U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters, where his responsibilities included management of the Turbines, Gasification and RareEarth research programs, as well as providing in-house due-diligence support of large-scale projects. Prior to joining DOE, he worked in the mining, metallurgical and power industries. He has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Fuel Science Program within the College ofEarth and Mineral Sciences.