Archive | September, 2009

Thorium Energy Joins United States Magnet Materials Association

29. September 2009

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Earlier today, the United States Magnet Materials Association [USMMA] announced that Thorium Energy, Inc. has joined its ranks.  Thorium Energy owns rare earth resources in Lemhi Pass, located in Idaho and Montana. According to the USMMA, this move “expands the coalition’s focus on rare earth materials and the rare earth magnet supply chain”. The USMMA […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 4

27. September 2009

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This is the last in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The third part can be accessed here. The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 3

27. September 2009

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This is the third in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The second part can be accessed here. The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 2

27. September 2009

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This is the second in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The first part can be accessed here. The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 1

27. September 2009

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This is the first in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. Introduction The rare earths are a group […]

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The Windbelt: A New Non-Turbine-Based Wind Energy Generator

23. September 2009

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The Windbelt: A New Non-Turbine-Based Wind Energy Generator

Earlier this week I came across a rather interesting new technology from Humdinger Wind Energy, LLC. Based in Honolulu, this company claims that “from enabling smart buildings to reducing the cost of wind energy”, they are “researching & developing the world’s first non-turbine harvesting technology, the Windbelt™ generator”.  Wind power without a wind turbine?  Definitely […]

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Guest Lecture: Fundamentals of Permanent Magnets – Denmark, Oct 9, 2009

22. September 2009

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Guest Lecture: Fundamentals of Permanent Magnets – Denmark, Oct 9, 2009

During my trip to Europe next month, I will have the honor of giving a guest lecture at Aalborg University’s Institute of Energy Technology, in Aalborg, Denmark.  Taking place in the afternoon of October 9, 2009, the lecture is titled ‘Fundamentals of Permanent Magnets: Materials, Basic Design Considerations & Applications“. Co-hosted by the local IEEE […]

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Seminar: Advanced Magnetic Materials and their Applications – Germany, Oct 12-13, 2009

22. September 2009

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Seminar: Advanced Magnetic Materials and their Applications – Germany, Oct 12-13, 2009

The UK Magnetics Society will host a seminar titled “Advanced Magnetic Materials and their Applications“, in Hanau, Germany, during October 12-13, 2009.  Hanau is the home of Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co KG [a.k.a. Vac], hosts and co-sponsors of the event, and is a 30 minute drive from Frankfurt’s main airport.  This will the second event […]

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Is It Time To Re-Establish A North American Rare Earth Information Center?

14. September 2009

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Yesterday I posted an article over at RareMetalBlog with the above subject line. The Rare-earth Information Center was established in January 1966, at the Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. It was a great resource for industry, government and academia with its database of papers, reports, patents, conference proceedings, news and other information on rare earths. It […]

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A Forgotten Figure in the Evolution of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets

13. September 2009

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A Forgotten Figure in the Evolution of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets

Whenever I read articles in the media on neodymium-based [Nd-Fe-B] permanent magnets, I’m always interested to see how much historical detail the writer includes on the subject. The majority of writers either make no mention at all of the origins of Nd-Fe-B, or will mention only that it was developed by General Motors in the […]

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