A couple of weeks ago the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a Request for Information (RFI) on rare-earth metals and other materials used in the energy sector. This follows on from a similar solicitation made last year, that culminated in the publication of the DOE’s Critical Materials Strategy in December 2010.
The DOE says that this second RFI will be used to update the Critical Materials Strategy, and will also cover areas not considered in the original document, such as fluid-cracking catalyst materials for the petroleum refining industry.
The DOE is soliciting information in eight categories:
- Critical Material Content
- Supply Chain and Market Projections
- Financing and Purchasing Transactions
- Research, Education and Training
- Energy Technology Transitions and Emerging Technologies
- Recycling Opportunities
- Mine and Processing Plant Permitting
- Additional Information
The deadline for RFI submissions is May 24, 2011 and submissions from the public are welcomed. You can get more information from the DOE Web site.