Cobalt in society

How cobalt is used

Most people do not spend much time thinking about the role of cobalt in their daily lives.

So, you might be surprised to learn that, without it, many things you take for granted simply would not be possible.

Cobalt is everywhere, even though you may not realise it.
Cobalt is everywhere, even though you may not realise it.

You have cobalt inside you – right now – as part of the vitamin B12 that keeps you healthy.

Cobalt is also used in electronic devices and batteries that power our digital world, forming part of the circuitry and the semi-conductors that make computers work.

As we move towards a zero-emissions future, cobalt-based batteries will become increasingly in-demand to help decarbonise travel and help integrate renewable energy into national electricity grids.

It is also the metal of choice in many other objects, from jet engines to hip replacements, selected for its uniquely resistant properties

While cobalt may not demand the limelight – without it we would lead poorer lives.