DOE Issues Request for Information to Attain Uninterruptable Supply of Critical Materials
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for information (RFI) to develop technologies needed to attain an uninterruptable domestic supply of critical minerals (CMs) and rare earth elements (REEs). DOE is seeking input from end-user technology manufacturers using CM and REE, from national laboratories and academics involved with R&D, and others. Specifically, DOE is interested in gathering information relevant to four Topic Areas, one of which is “International Engagements, Standards, and Supply Chain Development.”
Specifically, in regards to standards, DOE is asking, “Which organizations offer opportunities for the U.S. to ensure that all global standards conform to reasonable practices for mineral extraction and processing while creating a sustainable mineral supply chain for REEs and CMs?” DOE understands that standards support practices assure reliable deposit characterization and instill confidence in investors and financial markets. Further, DOE recognizes that to support the potential for commercialization of R&D outcomes that seek to restore CM mineral supply chains, national sustainability practices that link to international standards are essential.
Responses to the RFI are intended to be used to identify and assess technology and knowledge gaps, contribute to the development of multi-year programs, and assist in developing content for future funding opportunity announcements. Responses are due by February 22, 2021.
The full RFI can be found at: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/95bf0bc1b93848b8ba81db14605ae3d3/view.