Creating a domestic critical materials supply chain
- China supplies over 80% of 17 rare earth elements which are critical to many advanced technologies.
- Tusaar’s goal is to become the first U.S. large-scale producer of rare earth elements (“REEs”) extracted from mine waste and other non-traditional sources
- For over a decade, Tusaar has been perfecting its proprietary media and chemical process for recovering REEs
- We operate a large-scale pilot facility recovering REEs from mine wastes (tailings) in Broomfield, Colorado.
- The U.S. government recognizes the critical need to create a domestic supply chain for REEs. As a result, Tusaar has enjoyed substantial federal support.
Critical for national security
Electric vehicles, wind turbines, many defense applications, cell phones, and other advanced technologies require REEs. Currently, the U.S. produces minimal domestic rare earth resources compared to our consumption. Developing a new REE mine can take five to ten years or longer.
Tusaar’s process obviates the need for new mines. We can extract these critical materials from existing mine tailings and industrial waste. Tusaar expects to be the first U.S. company to extract rare earths at scale from non-traditional, domestic sources.
The U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and DOD’s Defense Logistics Agency have all reviewed Tusaar’s technology with each agency recognizing the merits of the technology’s effectiveness by awarding multiple long-term grants to Tusaar.