More than just a mining company, we have top tier R&D partnerships that are pursuing a sustainable and secure rare earths supply chain for North America.
Our partners, via our wholly owned subsidiary Western Rare Earths, include:
Critical Minerals Institute - established by industry leaders to provide education and collaboration opportunities in alternative energy production and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) technologies and practices.
Critical Materials Institute - a US Department of Energy (DOE) Innovation Hub investigating clean processing and refining solutions. Fellow organisations include the world's second-largest metals producer Rio Tinto (the only other company with rare earths mining deposits involved with the CMI)
National laboratories and private companies.
The US Defense Department Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Rare Earth Elements (REE) bioengineering research program. This encourages US scientists to engineer a new REE supply chain using 'bio-mining' approaches through the Environmental Microbes as a Bio-Engineering Resource (EMBER) program.
A research consortium including Virginia Tech University funded by the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office program known as Critical Materials: Next‐Generation Technologies and Field Validation. The program aims to develop clean technologies to process the elements essential to clean energy.
Across our R&D projects, we have partnered with global top 100 universities and American national laboratories. These include: