New Database for Urban Mining in the EU Maps Valuable Resources in E-Waste and More

Read the full story at Electronics 360. The Urban Mine Platform prevents the flows of precious and base metals, and critical raw materials in products in use and throughout their journey to the end of life. This database reveals the number of valuable materials recovered or lost in the EU’s scrap vehicles, batteries, computers, phones or gadgets, applicants or …

Wisconsin governor signs bill opening door to precious metal mining

Read the full story in The Hill. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation Monday opening the door to copper and gold mining in the state. The legislation, which was opposed by environmentalists, Democrats and some Republicans, is designed to help grow the state’s mining sector, Walker said in a statement.

There’s Gold In Them Thar Sewage Pipes, Swiss Researchers Say

Read the full story from NPR. In Ticino, Switzerland, the streets aren't paved with gold. But the sewage pipes are packed with it. And across the country as a whole, some $3 million worth of gold and silver is thrown out in wastewater every year. That is according to Swiss researchers who evaluated 64 municipal wastewater treatment …

Coal Ash Recovery Could Pump the Domestic Rare Earth Metals Supply

Read the full story at Waste360. Since 1988 China has been the dominant supplier of rare earth elements (REE), providing 95 percent of the global market in 2011. To break their dependencies, countries around the world have been on missions to identify ways to extract these valuable minerals, and a Department of Energy (DOE) lab …

Innovating in Foundational Industries: Steel

Read the full post from DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office. AMO works with steel manufacturers through R&D projects to leverage innovation resources and implement best practices in steel manufacturing. This industry, which has been around for a century, has long played an important role in the U.S. economy.  Today, more than 142,000 people work in steel …