Kathryn Goodenough's seminar, British Geological Survey, The Lyell Centre

Geology of Decarbonisation

Abstract

Decarbonisation of energy and transport, through a shift towards renewable energy and electric vehicles, will be a driving force in the global economy through the 2020s and beyond. Low-carbon technologies typically make use of a wide range of metals, many of which are considered to be ‘critical’. Demand for these metals is forecast to grow rapidly in coming years, and the consequent pressure on the supply chain necessitates development of new mines and effi­cient  processing technologies. This talk will give an overview of our recent research into geological resources of two of the major commodities needed for decarbonisation: the rare earth elements (REE) and lithium.