Clean energy elements: current and projected future production

This statistic shows the global supply of selected elements playing key roles in the development of clean energy applications in 2010 and 2015, by element. It is estimated that the 2015 production capacity of lithium carbonate will reach around 250,000 metric tons.

Global supply of selected clean energy elements in 2010 and 2015, by element

2010 production2015 production capacity
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Release date

December 2011



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Supplementary notes

* Based on USGS estimates of synthetic manganese dioxide (assuming 57 percent average manganese content) and natural manganese dioxide (assuming 49 percent average manganese content).

** Data source of Indium Corporation includes in this estimate both primary/virgin and reclaimed sources of indium.

** Data source of USGS includes in this estimate primary/virgin and refined gallium, but not secondary supply because secondary supply of gallium is difficult to ascertain.

2015 figures represent the potential supply for each of these elements.

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