Multi-Stakeholder Platform for a Secure Supply of Refractory Metals in Europe

Project Description

Refractory metals (tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, molybdenum and niobium) are highly strategic metals today, and are mainly imported from a limited number of countries. The European primary production remains low although resources exist in Europe, as primary resources but mostly as secondary resources (industrial waste, urban mines).

Valorising these resources requires coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities in order to harmonise technologies, processes and services, develop standards, and create new potential opportunities for export of eco-innovative solutions and for seizing new markets.

MSP-REFRAM will address these challenges by creating a common multi-stakeholder platform that will draw the current value chain of refractory metals value chains and identify its innovation potential in order to support the implementation of the EIP on Raw Materials. Coming from industry, research, public sectors and civil society, both consortium members and external experts have joined forces with expertise covering the full value chain including mining, processing, recycling, and application.

The outputs of MSP-REFRAM will help Europe improve the supply value chain of refractory metals in the coming years, by optimising the use of external resources, such as energy and water, and at the same time by reducing the amount and the toxicity of waste.

MSP-REFRAM will share its conclusions widely and efficiently, in a long lasting way thanks to the support of the PROMETIA Association. To ensure the systemic change, the outcomes of the project will be made available to stakeholders and to the public through different tools and reports.

In the medium term, MSP-REFRAM will contribute to better informed decision-making at EU and national level as well as industry by proposing innovative value chains that will boost the refractory metals sector. In the longer term, this should improve the availability of these refractory metals, while creating greater added value to the economy and more jobs.

IDENER contributions

  •  Knowledge management: IDENER will act as Knowledge manager of the project, taking care of information mapping, reviewing, indexing and processing in order to deliver knowledge to the public. As for such an end, IDENER will set-up both internal and external communication tools. A Document Management System and a Decision Support System will be deployed in order to make all the generated knowledge accesible to all target audiences.  
  •  Refractory metals production from secondary sources: Contribution to knowledge production about current waste treatment technologies in order to determine the waste or any compound of high added value generated during processes which have refractory metals coming from old mines, extraction industry as well as at the user industries. Existing and innovative methods for pre-treatment of waste streams in general will be investigated for their potential use for waste containing refractory metals. The possibility to upgrade the waste and discard undesired elements in it will be considered.
  • Participation in the Multistakeholder platform: Thanks to IDENER position as SME liked to R&D activities and industry, the company will participate in the platform in order to contribute to the identification of current and future selected metal needs of European industry and to the design of future industrial value chains of refractory metals.  
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    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 688993

    Project Details

    • Date 4 February, 2016
    • Tags Environment, Public - EU FP7 / H2020, Software Engineering
    • Programme H2020-WASTE-2015-one-stage
    • Call ID H2020-WASTE4D-2015
    • Partners Universidad de Burgos-ICCRAM. Amphos 21 Consulting SL, Bureau de Recherches Geologiques Et Minieres, Fundacion CARTIF, Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB, E-Mines, Eramet Research, Geologian Tutkimuskeskus, IDENER, Instytut Metali Niezelaznych, Agencia de Innovacion y Financiacion Empresarial De Castilla y León, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Lappeenrannan Teknillinen Yliopisto, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, Swerea Mefos AB, National Technical University Of Athens – Ntua, Technische Universiteit Delft; Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy, LGI Consulting Sarl, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy For Mining and Recycling Innovation
    • Project cost 1.499.759 €
    • Start date December 2015
    • End date June 2017
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