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Vision and Strategy
The following are the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) critical minerals and materials vision and strategies.
Build reliable, resilient, affordable, diverse, sustainable, and secure domestic critical mineral and materials supply chains that support the clean energy transition and decarbonization of the energy, manufacturing, and transportation economies while promoting safe, sustainable, economic, and environmentally just solutions to meet current and future needs.
- Diversify and Expand Supply: Identify and secure substantial resources from a wide variety of feedstocks including primary and secondary sources, co-produced materials from existing operations, and international partners.
- Develop Alternatives: Produce new materials that have less disruption potential and design manufactured parts and systems that require little to no critical materials to function.
- Improve Materials and Manufacturing Efficiency: Design for atom economy, reduce waste through efficient use, and improve overall efficiency of mining through manufacturing and recycling to minimize environmental impacts while maximizing yield.
- Build the Circular Economy: Remanufacture, refurbish, repair, reuse, recycle, and repurpose all materials that are used in a modern economy to extend the lifetime of materials and/or partially offset the need for virgin material extraction.
DOE supports these strategy pillars by enabling activities, cross-cutting functions to enable and enhance research, development, demonstration, and deployment efforts across four areas:
- Analysis & advanced tools
- Market assessment & development
- International engagement & standards
- Education & workforce development.
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- Domestic Wastes and Byproducts: A Resource for Critical Material Supply Chains
- Materials Used in U.S. Wind Energy Technologies: Quantities and Availability for Two Future Scenarios
- Renewable Energy Materials Properties Database: Summary
- Pre-Publication Copy of Notice of Final Determination on 2023 DOE Critical Materials List
- Request for Information on DOE's Critical Materials Research Program
- Recovery of Rare Earth Elements and Critical Materials from Coal and Coal Byproducts
- America's Strategy to Secure the Supply Chain for a Robust Clean Energy Transition
- Building Resilient Supply Chains, Revitalizing American Manufacturing, and Fostering Broad-Based Growth: Review of Large Capacity Batteries
- Battery Critical Materials Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities: Results of the 2020 Request for Information and Workshop
- Critical Materials Rare Earths Supply Chain: A Situational White Paper
Energy Act of 2020