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Presentation to BERC - Strategic Metals in Batteries: Clean Tech Possibilities

  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman School, University of California at Berkeley 2607 Hearst Avenue, Room 105 Berkeley, CA 94720 USA (map)

I will be presenting on strategic metals in batteries to the Berkeley Energy and Resources Club (BERC). 

As momentum for environmentally friendly technologies grows, concerns have arisen about the supply of critical metals such as lithium and cobalt for batteries; tantalum in capacitors; indium, cadmium, selenium and tellurium for solar cells; and rare earth elements (REE) for wind turbines.

The geology and geography of mineral deposits can greatly affect the extraction processes, costs, quantities and security of supply. Some strategic metals are produced as by-products of base metals such as copper, zinc and nickel, which affects their economics. This BERCShop will discuss complexities and possibilities of such metal supply, and will include a case study on cobalt.

The presentation is open to all present and past BERC members, and the Eventbrite can be found here.

A summary copy of the presentation can be found here.