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Siemens Launches Permanent Magnet-Based Gearless Wind Turbine

25. April 2010

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Siemens Launches Permanent Magnet-Based Gearless Wind Turbine

Progress in the development of commercially-viable direct drive wind turbines took a significant step forward last week, with the official launch by Siemens Energy of its SWT-3.0-101 wind turbine. This turbine has a faceplate rating of 3 MW, has no gearbox and uses a permanent magnet generator to produce electricity. What’s really interesting about this system […]

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The Concerted European Action On Magnets: A Model For Facing The Rare Earths Challenge?

10. February 2010

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In 1984, the magnetic materials research community in Europe was at a formidable crossroads. The latter part of 1983 had seen industrial research groups in the USA and Japan simultaneously announce the discovery of a promising new permanent magnet material, based on the neodymium-iron-boron [Nd-Fe-B] alloy system. This long-sought successor to the ever more expensive […]

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Magnetic Tape Gets A Boost

25. January 2010

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Magnetic Tape Gets A Boost

Earlier this week, MIT’s Technology Review published a story on a new magnetic tape material which, combined with a novel tape-reading technology, can produce data storage capacities of 35 Tb per cartridge – over 40 times higher than current tape storage systems. The research was conducted at IBM’S Zurich Research Labs in Switzerland, in conjunction […]

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How do We Deal With The Pollution Associated With Chinese Rare Earth Production?

5. December 2009

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I’ve just finished writing up a new article over at Rare MetalBlog titled “Chinese Rare Earth Production: A Darker Shade of Green?“.  The article discusses a new Sunday Times report on the extensive pollution caused by the mining and production of rare earths in China, and the effects that they’re having on the local people. […]

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US Rare Earths, Inc.: A Discussion With Ed Cowle And Jack Lifton

23. November 2009

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Last week, I spent over an hour with Ed Cowle, CEO of U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., a privately-held rare earths junior mining company, and Jack Lifton, Founding Editor of The Jack Lifton Report and a consultant to U.S. Rare Earths. The discussion was prompted by an earlier post over at the RareMetalBlog Web site, concerning […]

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Rare Earths & Permanent Magnets On The Radio Airwaves

16. November 2009

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Over the past few days, Australia’s ABC Radio National broadcast not one, but two items on rare earth metals, to both of which I heartily recommend listening. The first item was broadcast on the Breakfast program on Friday, and lasts a little over 6 minutes.  It’s an introductory piece on the subject, but spends significant time […]

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The Problems Of Sourcing Wind Turbines And Rare Earth Metals From China

12. November 2009

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Last weekend, Democrat US Senator Chuck Schumer of NY made headlines with his comments on a recent plan to fund a wind farm in Texas, using Federal stimulus money to pay for Chinese-built wind turbines. Rare metals commentator and analyst Jack Lifton has posted a new article on the subject, called “The Rare Earth Crisis […]

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DMTC Hosts 2nd Annual Strategic Materials Conference

8. November 2009

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The Defense Metals Technology Center [DMTC], based in North Canton, Ohio, is hosting its 2nd Annual Strategic Materials Conference [SMC] during Feb 1-2, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. According to the DMTC Web site: The Defense Metals Technology Center (DMTC) was formed in January, 2007 in order to establish an industrial base capable of affordably producing […]

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USMMA Forms New Advisory Board

28. October 2009

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Earlier today, the United States Magnet Materials Association [USMMA] announced the formation of a new Advisory Board, comprising three highly-respected members of the magnetics & rare earths community. Joining the USMMA in this capacity are: Jack Lifton, of Jack Lifton LLC and The Jack Lifton Report, who is a well known commentator and consultant with […]

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The Critical & Strategic Metals Shindig

28. October 2009

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The Critical & Strategic Metals Shindig

I know I’ve been rather lax in following up on my last post here, sent just before the Critical & Strategic Metals Conference in Washington DC last week.  It was a most interesting event.  It gave many folks a chance to interact with other parts of the supply chain that they might not have directly […]

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