If you are asked about some important minerals, it won’t be Antimony that pops instantly in your mind. Despite being extremely unpopular, Antimony has a vital part in our daily lives. As the infographic shows, there are numerous key benefits of Antimony and how this mineral is significant for a greener future.
But before everything, it is important to know what actually Antimony is? In simpler words, it is extracted from the sulfide mineral stibnite however, rarely found in its metallic states as well. This element is present deep into the Earth’s crust and has vast advantages.
Fun fact: Antimony is found from military-grade equipment to everyday household items.
Since it is a poor conductor of heat, it is used as a flame retardant in various industries, equipment and even in clothing. It is also used in transportation and because of its ability to become strong after combining with lead, the element is also pretty useful in producing lead-acid batteries.
Now for clean energy, the major hurdle in the transition of clean energy has always been large-scale renewable energy production since it is tricky to constantly produce renewable energy. Due to this reason, the only way to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy is the mass storage of renewable energy. According to recent studies, a great solution for mass storage of renewable energy is liquid metal batteries and as we know, these batteries require Antimony as a key component.
Infographic by: Visualcapitalist.com