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- DescriptionThis thesis deals with Rare Earth Elements (REE), especially with neodymium used in permanent magnets, from a very scientific basis by providing basic research data. Despite the fact that REE are newsworthy and very important elements for a considerable bandwidth of todays' techlogies, accompanied by the mopolistic supply-situation and Chinese politics, there are inexplicable data discrepancies about REE which have been recognized frequently but usually have t been addressed accordingly. So this analysis started with the hypothesis that the four application areas, namely computer hard disk drives (HDD), mobile phones, wind turbines and e-mobility (automotive traction), account for about 80% of the global annual neodymium-demand. The research methodology was a laboratory analysis of the composition of used magnets for HDDs and mobile phones and a literature and official report analysis of wind turbine and automotive neodymium use. The result was amazing and the hypothesis had to be withdrawn as these four areas only account for about 20% of neodymium use. This result raises some questions concerning actual use and thus potential recycling options.
- Author BiographyDr. Volker Zepf finished his professional military career in 2008 and studied Geography, Geology, Environmental Business Studies and Resource Strategy at Augsburg University. After his studies he joined Prof. Dr. Armin Reller's team at the Chair of Resource Strategy. His research foci are resource-geographical aspects of metals in general and rare earth elements and metals needed for renewable energies in particular.
- Author(s)Volker Zepf
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
- Date of Publication16/02/2013
- Series TitleSpringer Theses
- Place of PublicationBerlin
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
- Content Note12 black & white illustrations, 20 colour illustrations, biography
- Weight426 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine15 mm
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