With approx. 22,000,000 tons rare earth oxide (REO) equivalent, Brazil possesses the second largest reserves of rare earth elements (REE) in the world. This group of 17 physical and chemical similar elements play a major role in many high technology applications. Examples are high performance magnets, which are used, inter alia, in electric motors for electric vehicles and in gearless wind turbines, as well as phosphors in energy-saving lamps and light-emitting diodes. Since Brazil promotes the implementation of a production chain for REE products and Germany has a high demand for REE products, both countries closed a strategic partnership.

Against this background, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the German researchers of the project “MoCa - Development of a production chain for rare earth elements from tailings of the ultramafic alkaline-carbonatite complex Catalão/Goiás” (grant agreement no. 033R189). CMOC International operates the Brazilian mine and funds the Brazilian researchers.

The overall objective of this project is the determination of the REE production potential of the Catalão complex considering REE grade and occurrence of the REEs in minerals with respect to their processability, competitiveness and sustainability.

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