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Rhodia Process to Recycle Rare Earths

9:35 AM MST | January 31, 2011 | —ian young

Rhodia says it has developed a process for the recovery and separation of rare earths contained in used low-energy light bulbs. The process, which should be operational by the first quarter of 2012, is based on the recycling of luminescent powders and opens up “fresh environmental and economic prospects at a pan-European level,” the company says. Development of the process stems from a range of research programs carried out by Rhodia over a period of several years. The luminescent powders used in low-energy light bulbs, containing high concentrations of rare...

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