General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems to Enter Into Negotiations...

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems to Enter Into Negotiations for a Financial Award

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Thursday, March 25, 2021

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems receives a formal notice of dose selection for negotiation for a rare earth element demonstration plant project.

FREMONT, CA: General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced receives a formal notice from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office to enter into negotiations for a financial award under the Critical Materials Funding Opportunity Announcement for engineering, construction, and operation of a Rare Earth Element (REE) Separation and Processing Demonstration Plant. GA-EMS is partnering with GA Europe’s Umwelt-und Ingenieurtechnik GmbH (UIT), Rare Element Resources, (RER), and LNV, an Ardurra Group company, on the demonstration project.

 This is a very interesting opportunity, and the company looks forward to working closely with DOE and our partners to bring this significant project into an operational reality. For several years, General Atomics’ involvement in the development, design, and production of innovative technology defense and energy systems has made the company keenly aware of the nation’s urgent requirement to secure a domestic supply of vital rare earth elements national and commercial applications. Today, China controls approximately 80 percent of the world’s rare earth elements supply. Developing rare earth element resources and separation technology can enhance supply and availability.

The Rare Earth Element Separation and Processing Demonstration Plant program will illustrate the separation and purification of rare earth oxides (REOs) derived from the ore removed from RER’s Bear Lodge deposit Wyoming. Bear Lodge is endowed with rare earth elements needed for high-strength permanent magnets,  fiber optics, electronics, laser systems for health and defense, and commercial technologies, including electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbines.

GA-EMS brings deep expertise in successfully handling large, complex, multi-year government programs, particularly Government Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-compliant programs. Along with RER, LNV, and the GA affiliate UIT, this team brings the resources, experience, and technologies together to design, engineer, construct and function a facility for the separation and processing of rare earth ore to meet the nation’s needs.

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