Wind Energy: Will Rare Earth Elements Be Available?
Source: U.S. Geological Survey, David R. Wilburn (8/1/11)
"How will the wind energy industry's growth impact future demand for selected raw materials?"
The generation of electricity in the United States from wind-powered turbines is increasing. An understanding of the sources and abundance of raw materials required by the wind turbine industry and the many uses for these materials is necessary to assess the effect of this industry's growth on future demand for selected raw materials relative to the historical demand for these materials. The data suggest that, with the possible exception of rare-earth elements, there should not be a shortage of the principal materials required for electricity generation from wind energy . . . View full article