Minerals are essential to the development and production of all energy sources. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy (D0E) has made critical minerals a national priority given the increase in global energy consumption and minerals contributions to several energy sources.
Conventional Energy Relies on Minerals
No power plant can be built or operated without metals such as copper, molybdenum and nickel.
Renewable Energy Sources Relies on Minerals
Renewable energy technologies from wind turbines to solar panels, depend on an array of mined minerals. For example, a single wind turbine can contain 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper and three tons of aluminum, as well as zinc, molybdenum and silver.
Check out the latest infographic from MineralsMakeLife.org to learn how renewable energy technologies, from wind turbines to solar panels, depend on an array of minerals.