Magnetic Nanofluid Rare Earth Element Extraction Process Report, Techno Economic Analysis, and Results for Geothermal Fluids

This GDR submission is an interim technical report and raw data files from the first year of testing on functionalized nanoparticles for rare earth element extraction from geothermal fluids. The report contains Rare Earth Element uptake results (percent removal, mg Rare Earth Element/gram of sorbent, distribution coefficient) for the elements of Neodymium, Europium, Yttrium, Dysprosium, and Cesium. A detailed techno economic analysis is also presented in the report for a scaled up geothermal rare earth element extraction process.

All rare earth element uptake testing was done on simulated geothermal brines with one rare earth element in each brine. The rare earth element uptake testing was conducted at room temperature.
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DOE Project Name: Magnetic Partitioning Nanofluid for Rare Earth Extraction from Geothermal Fluids
DOE Project Number: FY16 AOP
DOE Project Lead: Josh Mengers
DOI: 10.15121/1261962
Last Updated: over a year ago
Data from March, 2016
Submitted Mar 14, 2016

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory




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geothermal, REE, MOF, nanofluid, rare earth element, metal organic framework, geothermal mineral recovery, Neodymium, Europium, Yttrium, Dysprosium, Cesium, magnetic separation, metal uptake, techno economic analysis, rare earth element extraction, techno economic, silica sorbents, uptake results


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