Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an automated process for disassembling hard drives so their rare earth elements can be reused. That process, which aims to keep intact hard drives out of shredders, will be tested by a manufacturer in Tennessee.
Researchers funded by the U.S. government have developed an easier and cheaper way of extracting rare earth elements from magnets in electronics. Now the method will be used by a publicly traded company.
A company employing a unique recycling approach for hard disk drive magnets has raised $25 million to build a facility in Austin, Texas.