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Rhodia and Umicore Jointly Develop Rare Earth Recycling Process

11:28 AM MDT | June 16, 2011 | Ian Young

Rhodia and Umicore (Brussels) have jointly developed a process for the recycling of rare earth elements from nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries. The process can service the whole range of NiMH batteries from portable applications such as cordless phones, to batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, the companies say. It is expected that the recovery of rare earth materials could start by year-end. A typical NiMH battery contains about 7% of rare earth elements including cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, and praseodymium, the companies say. Rare earths...

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