"High Demand, Uncertain Supply: Critical Minerals in Renewable Energy"
March 9 / 4 pm / Online
The hour-long webinar will feature Dr. Nedal T. Nassar, chief of the Materials Flow Analysis Section at the National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey.
With the continuing increase in the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and batteries for electric vehicles and storage, the need for critical minerals such as arsenic, magnesium, graphite, lithium and rare earth metals will also rise. While the energy produced by renewables is carbon-free, the minerals needed to build the solar panels, wind turbines and batteries still must be mined, and the U.S. is wholly or heavily dependent on foreign countries, including China, Canada, and Mexico, for much of the supply. This presents both national security and environmental concerns.
Dr. Nassar will discuss these critical minerals, and the national security challenges that the U.S. faces in securing an adequate supply, finding new technologies to produce them, and ways to meet environmental goals and recycle
The Washington County Bar Association will offer continuing legal education credit for its members attending the seminar.