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MATERIA USA AWARDED OPTION 1 OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CONTRACT TO ADVANCE UNCONVENTIONAL CRITICAL MINERAL RECOVERIES



Materia Partners on the U.S. National Lab Project Include Penn State, Project Will Target Critical Mineral Recoveries from Coal Byproducts


Inwood, NY (April 30, 2021) – Materia-USA, a next-generation developer for rare earth and critical mineral projects in the United States, announced today that the company has been awarded Option 1 (Second Phase) of a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Continuation of the contract will fund a feasibility study, which follows the successful completion of Materia’s initial conceptual designs for a facility that will conduct reclamation of rare earths and critical minerals from an unconventional feedstock - in this case, coal measure underclay’s in central Pennsylvania. Work will commence on May 3, 2021.


The first phase of the DOE-funded work focused on Materia’s conceptual design for rare earths and other critical minerals reclamation through unconventional methods utilizing coal-based resources. Building on this conceptual design, the feasibility study will detail the economic benefits of the concept, in addition to the environmental impact of the design through a life cycle analysis (LCA) of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe) in partnership with the Global Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WtERT).


Materia will be conducting the feasibility study through an expansion of its ongoing partnership with Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, as well as many other local stakeholders in the Appalachian region, expediting its work of securing a full-scale facility for non-conventional extraction of rare earths, critical minerals and carbon biproducts from coal and other reclamation sources.


“We are excited about Materia’s continued relationship with NETL and the DOE. This feasibility study is another critical step in our work towards a sustainable future for the coal industry in a post-fossil fuel age,” said Materia USA CEO, Rabbi Yechezkel “Zeke” Moskowitz. “The fact that the Biden Administration is taking an active role in our work means that the administration understands that rare earth and critical mineral extraction via reclamation work is not only an option but also economically viable – it’s truly exciting.”


“The expansion of our collaboration with Materia and NETL is an exciting development in our overall effort to support the creation of an Appalachian supply chain for critical minerals from coal-associated deposits and waste materials,” said Lee Kump, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. “This feasibility phase draws upon our expertise in economic analysis and environmental impact and our long history of collaborative work with government and industry. We look forward to the day that Appalachia is in full-scale production of these critical resources with a robust workforce simultaneously reclaiming abandoned mine lands, treating acid drainage, and removing coal wastes.”



Materia is also pleased to have the support of members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation.


“I was proud to support Materia-USA’s application to recover rare earth elements and critical minerals from Pennsylvania’s coal fields,” said Congressman Reschenthaler (PA-14). “By working to establish a reliable domestic supply of these resources through projects like this, we can support good-paying jobs and economic opportunities in our communities, eliminate significant sources of pollution such as acid mine drainage, and end our nation’s dependence on China and other foreign countries”.


“Pennsylvania has a great opportunity to become the epicenter for American innovation and the recovery of domestically sourced rare earth minerals. This will allow for an expanse of technological innovation and to strengthening our independence from foreign sources, which do not always have our best interests at heart,” said Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson. “NETL’s investments in Pennsylvania are an important step towards a stronger supply chain and further economic development in our communities.”

“Ensuring a reliable domestic supply of rare earth minerals remains a critical objective in strengthening our national security. I am grateful to the Department of Energy for its continued support of this project, which will help protect America’s energy independence, fortify our supply chain, and boost both environmental and commercial endeavors across Pennsylvania.”


About Materia Materia USA is a company that is actively seeking opportunities that accelerate and develop critical mineral projects in the United States from non-conventional sources. Fueled by a desire to source next-generation materials for an America-centered supply chain, Materia is developing advanced methods of recovery that are sustainable and eco-friendly. Materia is positioning itself to secure and utilize non-traditional sources for much needed American resources. As it continues to explore opportunities in non-conventional recovery and reclamation, in tandem, Materia is developing means to utilize coal in a post-fossil fuel age through the production of raw materials crafted from coal-based pitch and carbon fiber.




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Materia-USA Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order on Critical Mineral Supply Chain

Materia CEO:  Executive Order will Support American Industry and Protect National Interests

Inwood, NY (October 1, 2020) – Materia-USA is proud to announce its support for President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order (Executive Order on Addressing the Threat to the Domestic Supply Chain from Reliance on Critical Minerals from Foreign Adversaries). This Executive Order highlights a number or critical minerals that material will be explored in its partnership with Penn State University.

The Executive Order notes that:

“The United States… disproportionately depends on foreign sources for barite. The United States imports over 75 percent of the parts it consumes, and over 50 percent of its part imports come from China. Barite is of critical importance to the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry, which is vital to the energy independence of the United States. The United States depends on foreign sources for 100 percent of its gallium, with China producing around 95 percent of the global supply. Gallium-based semiconductors are indispensable for cellphones, blue and violet light-emitting diodes (LEDs), diode lasers, and fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications. Like for gallium, the United States is 100 percent reliant on imports for graphite, which is used to make advanced batteries for cellphones, laptops, and hybrid and electric cars. China produces over 60 percent of the world’s graphite and almost all of the world’s production of high-purity graphite needed for rechargeable batteries.”

Specifically, in its Department of Energy (DOE) award received September 15 2020, Materia will be focused on unconventional recovery with regards to Alumina, Lithium, and Gallium, all of which are included on the list of 35 critical minerals the Executive Order describes “(1) are “essential to the economic and national security of the United States,” (2) have supply chains that are “vulnerable to disruption,” and (3) serve “an essential function in the manufacturing of a product, the absence of which would have significant consequences for our economy or our national security.”  Materia is partnering with Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, H22OS Consulting of Venetia, Pennsylvania, and Larson Enterprises of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania to execute the DOE project.

“Materia is very pleased to see the President take this important step in securing America’s critical mineral interests and laying the foundation of the next American industrial revolution” said Materia-USA CEO Yechezkel “Zeke” Moskowitz. “This not only shows that the U.S. Government takes seriously the threats posed by foreign monopolies on these important materials, but will support American industry to find domestic sources for these crucial industries essential to continuing American economic supremacy for generations to come.”

About Materia-USA Materia USA is a company that is actively seeking out opportunities that accelerate and develop critical mineral projects in the United States. Fueled by the desire to source next generation materials for an America-centered supply chain via advanced methods of recovery, Materia is positioned to secure and utilize non-traditional sources for much needed American made resources. All in all, Materia sees itself as a company that is at the tip of the spear in the rebuilding efforts of American critical material and Rare Earth mineral supply chains that will renew the American manufacturing dream.

For more information about Materia-USA, visit www.MateriaUSA.com

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Materia-USA Awarded U.S. Department of Energy Contract for Recovery of Rare Earths & Critical Minerals



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Materia Partners Include Penn State University; Project Will Target Critical Mineral Recoveries from Coal Byproducts

Inwood, NY (September 21, 2020) – Materia-USA, a development incubator for critical mineral projects in the United States, announced today that the company has been awarded a contract with the National Energy Technology Lab under the U.S. Department of Energy for a two-phase project to recover rare earths and critical minerals from an unconventional feedstock, in this case, coal measure underclays in central Pennsylvania. Work will commence on Oct. 1, 2020.

The first phase of the DOE work will focus on Materia’s conceptual design for unconventional recovery of rare earths and other critical minerals through coal-based resources. An Option exists for a second phase of work that, if executed, incorporates a feasibility study to determine the economic benefits of the concept, in addition to the environmental impact of the design.

Materia is partnering with Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, H22OS Consulting of Venetia, Pennsylvania, and Larson Enterprises of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania to execute the project.

“This is a great first step, not just for our company, but for our country, as well,” said Materia CEO, Zeke Moskowitz. “The fact that the government is taking an active role turning to companies like ours will be the future of not only cleaning up environmental problems, but finding a way to use the critical materials found in this waste to build the technology of the future, all while making our country less dependent on countries that would prefer America at a disadvantage.”

“Penn State is excited to be partnering with Materia to advance the science and technology of extraction of critical minerals from Pennsylvania coal measures,” said Lee Kump, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. “We see great opportunity ahead for the University, Commonwealth and nation to establish a domestic supply of rare-earth and other critical elements like lithium to support high-tech manufacturing of cell phones, wind turbines, solar cells, batteries and defense technologies.”

Materia is also pleased to have the support of local lawmakers.

“I was proud to support Materia-USA’s application to recover rare earth elements and critical minerals from Pennsylvania’s coal fields,” said Congressman Reschenthaler (PA-14). “By working to establish a reliable domestic supply of these resources through projects like this, we can support good-paying jobs and economic opportunities in our communities, eliminate significant sources of pollution such as acid mine drainage, and end our nation’s dependence on China and other foreign countries. Thank you to the Trump Administration for their commitment to ensuring a critical mineral supply chain in the United States.”

“Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of rare earth minerals which provides for an expanse of technological innovation and strengthens our independence from other countries that do not always have our best interests at heart,” said Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15). “This contract announcement is an important step towards a stronger supply chain and I am really pleased it’s happening right here in Clearfield County.”

About Materia-USA Materia USA is a company that is actively seeking out opportunities that accelerate and develop critical mineral projects in the United States. Fueled by the desire to source next generation materials for an America-centered supply chain via advanced methods of recovery, Materia is positioned to secure and utilize non-traditional sources for much needed American made resources. All in all, Materia sees itself as a company that is at the tip of the spear in the rebuilding efforts of American critical material and Rare Earth mineral supply chains that will renew the American manufacturing dream.

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