Critical minerals and their role in the future of Scotland's energy

March 2, 2023

Source: The National

By Ross Hunter

Mining may not be the first industry that comes to mind when imagining a clean energy future for Scotland.

But if the country is to truly embrace renewable energy technology, then attention must be paid to the raw materials that make it possible in the first place.

The importance of critical minerals – that is, minerals (and metals) that are essential for the transition to clean energy but lacking in globally plentiful supply – cannot be underestimated.

Cobalt, nickel and lithium are key ingredients in the creation of batteries for electric cars and a number of so-called Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are needed in the production of permanent magnets for offshore wind turbines