23 Apr '12, 11pm

Honda debuts rare earth recycling for cars

[Editor's note: A wide variety of products -- including consumer electronics, solar panels and more -- use rare earth minerals, which are pricey and can be environmentally damaging to mine. This article discusses a process, developed by Honda and Japan Metals & Chemicals, that claims to be the first mass-production process for recycling those minerals. It's applying the process to hybrid-vehicle batteries and scrap metal from cars, but if the process is successful, it could potentially have implications for other industries . To read more about rare earth materials and other minerals, see "Can a Chinese trade group make rare earth minerals greener? " "HP, Intel and GE start fund to boost conflict-free minerals " and "Finding gold in waste ."] Honda has announced it has teamed up with the Japan Metals & Chemicals Company to develop what is being hailed as the world's first ...

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