Industry & Economy 

8 June 2021
The 17 elements of rare earths

Rare earth for digitization and e-mobility

The importance of rare earths has increased steadily in recent years - and so has their demand. Digitization and e-mobility in particular heavily rely on rare earth elements. However, Europe is heavily dependent on China in this area, where a large proportion of the current worldwide rare earths supply is sold from.

The PSI-EPFL spin-off REMRETEch is focusing precisely on this and is dedicated to the commercialisation of rare earth recycling. REMRETEch isolates rare earths from electrical scrap with its promising and scalable technology. The start-up has already taken first steps out of the laboratory and is currently working on a pilot project:

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Technology transfer

PSI strives to make new findings from research accessible to the industry to strengthen the competitiveness of Swiss industrial enterprises. As a result, firms can launch innovations on the market, secure existing jobs and even create new ones.

Expertise and Services

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) provides a comprehensive range of Research- and Development-Services. Our experts knowledge as well as the qualified laboratories of PSI are appreciated and frequently used by industry.

ANAXAM: Technologytransfer Center for Advanced Manufacturing

The newly founded technology transfer centre ANAXAM forms a bridge between research and industry. Find out here how you can use the new possibilities to optimize products and processes for your company.

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Spin-off companies

The activities in research and technology at PSI open up a great variety of opportunities for commercial exploitation.
If these technologies or services apply to an entrepreneurial scientist the foundation of a start-up company is a potential next step. PSI fosters and encourages the foundation of spin-off companies through advice and coaching from the transfer centre and with various different support tools.
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Park innovaare: innovation park @ PSI

Park innovaare is a unique innovation center situated in close proximity to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and its state-of-the-art accelerator-based large research facilities. Here, driven by the PSI’s expertise, innovations in the fields of accelerator technology, advanced materials and processes, humans and health, and energy are transformed into marketable products and solutions.

Together with companies

The expertise and infrastructure of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) are open to companies. Many partners have profited from the collaboration with PSI, as shown by the following references.


Technology Transfer
John Millard

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