Thanks for the information Sirknightgr! Next time, I suggest you send also a link. For instance:
Still difficult to know what's really behind that news. They're at the research stage with an eventual 3M pilot plant (small compared to Orbite's plant). Moreover, they are way behind Orbite, in time and in costs.
Orbite doesn't need a large proportion of rare earths to extract them, contrary to Jamaican red mud.
Rusal and Nalco have a MOU with Orbite and I wouldn't be surprised if we get news soon about red mud.
Finaly, Orbite's patents are assured by a giant: Munich Re.
I'm not concerned about this news.