Plentiful US Zinc Reserves Could Replace Lithium

Approximately 35% of the world's supply, or 1.8 giga-tons of zinc reserves are in the United States.

Published: 03-Jan-2011

With the latest decisions of the Chinese government to restrict rare earth exports including lithium to global markets, the automotive industry might be wise to consider other materials for batteries.

One battery technology in the labs uses zinc and air; hence, it is called zinc-air, where the atmosphere is part of the chemical equation.

As reported in the International Business section of the Economic Times, China is not bowing to international pressures to loosen its export quotas; and that includes lithium. Nonetheless, America should not be held hostage as it is with oil, especially when zinc supplies are plentiful.

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