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Towards a roadmap to monitor the physical economy of Neodymium and its use in wind turbines

Towards a roadmap to monitor the physical economy of Neodymium and its use in wind turbines

This workshop is part of an EU Horizon 2020 project MinFuture (Global material flows and demand-supply forecasting for mineral strategies; see details in the flyer attached or the project website: Robust knowledge on global material cycles should underpin decisions towards secure and sustainable supply of raw materials. However, such knowledge is currently highly fragmented, dispersed and varies significantly between different commodities, countries or life cycle stages, making the integration of data and information impossible. A common ‘language’, which would enable the assimilation of existing knowledge is missing. The purpose of MinFuture is the development of a common approach to material flow analysis (MFA) and the establishment of international collaboration. MinFuture brings together 16 international partners from universities, public organizations and companies, to provide transparency about existing MFA approaches, identify information gaps concerning global material flows, and develop a framework towards a roadmap to monitor the physical economy of materials.

The main objective of this workshop is to test out the framework we developed in MinFuture towards a roadmap to monitor the physical economy/material stocks and flows of neodymium and especially its use in wind turbines. We aim to bring together active stakeholders and researchers in the field of Neodymium life cycle and wind energy industry. In the workshop, we will present our
conceptual framework and preliminary results on neodymium material flows and demand-supply forecasting associated with the Danish future energy scenarios. Then we would like to ask our stakeholders to give feedback on (1) the methodological framework itself, (2) the current mapping of the neodymium material cycle and its dynamics, and (3) relevance of this knowledge for

Tentative agenda:
12:00-12:30 Welcome with light lunch, coffee, and self-introduction
12:30-13:15 Introduction to MinFuture and preliminary results
13:15-16:00 Sessions on challenges, system, and data
16:00-17:00 Wrapping up and way forward

If you are interested in this workshop, please contact Gang Liu, Associate Professor ( and Zhi Cao, Postdoc (, SDU
Life Cycle Engineering, University of Southern Denmark

May 3, 2018
University of Southern Denmark