Report on critical metals in energy technologies

2 Nov 2011

A study has been published on barriers to the deployment of low-carbon energy technologies in the EU due to the shortage of certain metals.

The report, conducted by the Institute for Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, assesses potential bottlenecks and examined the use of metals in: nuclear, solar, wind, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, and the electricity grid.

Five metals, tellurium, indium, gallium, neodymium and dysprosium, are at a particularly high risk, with special relevance to the wind and photovoltaic energy generation technologies.


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