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Europe funds domestic rare earths mining project I2MINE

By IM Staff
Published: Saturday, 21 May 2016

An EU-funded project has developed innovative deep-mining strategies that are set to cut Europe’s dependence on the imported rare earth elements (RE) within four years, while also curbing environmental damage.

By Andrew Burnyeat

The I²MINE, or 'innovative technologies and concepts for the intelligent deep mine of the future’, aims to secure European access to the 15 lanthanides as well as scandium and yttrium, which are increasingly needed as materials for smartphones, computers and hi-tech car components.

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