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Doubts grow over Turkey′s huge discovery of rare earths | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW

As Europe struggles to wean itself off Russian energy, another critical issue — the continent’s almost total reliance on China for rare earths to power the clean energy transition — may have been solved by Turkey.

The Ankara government announced this month the discovery of a huge deposit of rare earth elements that when processed could be used to make electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels.

After drilling for more than a decade, Turkish geologists estimated that an area close to the northwestern city of Eskisehir has some 694 million tons of rare earth metals — second only to China’s 800 million tons.

Rare earths aren’t actually that scarce but they are attached to other metals, so refining them is a complicated process. The minerals often end up in magnets that have uses in commercial and military technology.

Turkey stays stumm over quality

While Turkey believes its new deposit is enough to meet the world’s…

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