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Materials availability for low-carbon technologies: An assessment of the evidence


Citation Speirs. J., Gross. R., Contestabile. M., Candelise. C., Houari. Y. and Gross. B. Materials availability for low-carbon technologies: An assessment of the evidence. UKERC. 2014.
Author(s) Speirs. J., Gross. R., Contestabile. M., Candelise. C., Houari. Y. and Gross. B.
Publisher UKERC
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UKERC Report Number UKERC/RR/TPA/2014/001
Abstract

There is increasing concern that future supply of some lesser known ‘critical metals’ will not be sufficient to meet rising demand in the low-carbon technology sector. A rising global population, significant economic growth in the developing world, and increasing technological sophistication have all contributed to a surge in demand for a broad range of metal resources. In the future, this trend is expected to continue as the growth in low-carbon technologies compounds these other drivers of demand. This report examines the issues surrounding future supply and demand for critical metals - including Cobalt, Gallium, Germanium, Indium, Lithium, Platinum, Selenium, Silver, Tellurium, and Rare earth Metals.