May 25, 2022
What if recycling phosphogypsum could benefit our economy — and environment?
Scientists at Florida Polytechnic University’s Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR) were recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop methods of measuring and extracting ‘rare earth elements’ from phosphogypsum.
America is alarmingly short of rare earth elements used to power our economy and keep our country safe.
Recycling phosphogypsum — stored in gypstacks around Florida — may create a new, domestic supply of these essential elements used to make everyday items like computers, smart phones, solar panels and electric cars. Recycling will also reduce the need for gypstacks (currently a federal requirement for phosphogypsum storage).
It’s time to stop stacking phosphogypsum — and start recycling it.
Read more about Florida Poly’s research grant award here: FIPR secures $150K grant to create U.S. source of critical rare earth elements.