Research & Development
The objective of the R&D program is to advance the knowledge of REE and technology for their recovery from Canadian REE resources. Research is focused on producing optimized processing flowsheets for the production of REE, from the ore to individual rare earth oxides, and reducing the operating and capital expenditures of Canadian projects, enabling Canadian REE products to be cost competitive. The R&D work also provides methods to reduce and options to manage the toxicity effects of radioactive elements, such as uranium and thorium, and other chemicals used in the processing of REE, to accelerate and inform the environmental assessment of Canadian projects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Ultimately, the program delivers the technological innovation needed to ensure the emerging Canadian REE industry is equipped to contribute to the global production of rare earth elements in an economical and responsible manner.