The Meaning and Facts about Coltan
Coltan is short for Columbite – Tantalite. A black tar-like mineral found in major quantities in the Republic Democratic of Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo possesses 64% of the world’s reserve of Coltan.
When coltan is refined it becomes a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. The properties of refined coltan are vital elements in creating devices that store energy or capacitors, which are used in a vast array of small electronic devices, especially in mobile phones, laptop, computers, pagers and other electronic devices.
Once the coltan is processed and converted to capacitors, it is then sold to companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Compaq, Alcatel, Dell, Hewlett- Packard, IBM, Lucent, Ericsson and Sony for use in wide assortment of everyday products ranging from cell phones to computer chips and game consoles.
What are some of the uses of coltan in modern society?
- Laptop computers
- Cellular phones
- Jet Engine
- Cutting tools
- Camera lenses
- X-ray film
- Ink Jet Printers
- Hearing aids
- Airbag protection systems
- Ignition and motor control modules, GPS, ABS systems in automobiles
- Game console such as playstation, xbox, and nintendo
- Video cameras
- Digital still cameras
- Prosthetic devices for humans – hips, plates, in the skull, also mesh to repair bone removed after damage by cancer.
Source: [Friends Of The Congo]