Rare Earth Elements – REEs – are making headlines of late, and for all the wrong reasons.
Even a year ago discussion of rare earth elements remained confined mostly to academic and technical discussions among manufacturers of sophisticated devices such as cell phones and laptops. REE s are also used in the manufacture of cruise missiles, precision guided missiles, reactive armor as well as radar systems. And they are also the driving force behind most green technologies today. The most important civilian applications for rare earth elements are for use are in wind powered turbines as well as plugin hybrid vehicles. Oil refiners use rare earth materials as catalysts.