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PESA SA/NT May Technical Luncheon – Rare earth elements: critical ingredients for the global renewable energy transition

Thursday, 26 May @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (Australia/Adelaide time)

$25.00 – $75.00

Guest Speaker(s): Carl Spandler

Carl Spandler is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, and Director of the Australian Critical Minerals Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, the first research centre of its kind in Australia, and one of only a few worldwide. Spandler applies geochemistry and petrology to investigate a range of Earth science phenomena, from the evolution of the Earth’s mantle and crust, plate tectonic processes and continent formation, to the formation of metalliferous ore deposits. His current research focus is on understanding the origin and evolution of critical mineral orebodies, with the goal of aiding exploration for discovery of new mineral resources.



Rare earth elements: critical ingredients for the global renewable energy transition

Presented by: Assoc Prof Carl Spandler


The surging global embrace of high-tech applications and clean energy is accelerating demand for the critical metals that enable these applications. Forty years ago, use of metals such as the rare earth elements were limited to specialist military and industrial applications, whereas today they comprise essential components of electric vehicles, high-powered magnets used in energy generation, and modern computer/ telecommunication systems.

Presently, the world’s supply of rare earth elements is dominated by China, which represents a significant geopolitical risk to the western world. This risk of supply of critical metals is a foremost challenge facing progress of modern society and climate change mitigation.

This talk will briefly review the current status of rare earth element uses, supply and demand, and then will outline the geological conditions required to form rare earth element orebodies in the Earth’s crust. Fortunately, Australia has highly prospective geology for rare earth element orebodies and, hence, has the potential to become a major global supplier of critical metals into the future.

Event Details:

Thursday, 26th May, 2022
Luncheon: 12 pm for a 12:30 pm start

Will include a brief SA/NT Branch AGM.

Place: Ayer’s House, 288 North Tce, Adelaide

Includes a 2-course lunch and drinks

Student Members – $25
Members – $60
Non-members – $75

Bookings close 1 pm Monday, May 23rd.
Any late bookings will incur an additional $20 fee. Strictly no walk-ins.

Sponsor: Beach Energy, Santos, Vintage Energy, and the Department for Energy and Mining (Government of South Australia)



Thursday, 26 May
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
(Australia/Adelaide time)
$25.00 – $75.00
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    Ayers House – Ballroom
    288 North Terrace
    Adelaide, South Australia 5000



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