MSP-REFRAM Activities & Tasks

WP1: Multi-stakeholder platform

Implementation of a Multi-Stakeholder Platform to address transversal issues

Workpackage (WP) 1 is expected to function as the multistakeholder platform. In this WP, all of the key players will meet and address the transversal issues of refractory metals. Managed by the consortium, it gathers experts from the three External Experts Committees: Policy/Society, Technology and Market.

This workpackage assesses the current and future selected metal needs of the European industry. It also examines to what extent these can be met with European and non-European sources, and explores innovative strategies for  the improvement of the reliability and affordability of supply for metals and metal-based intermediate products. It will deliver guidelines, define indicators and potentially propose (new) standards. This knowledge will be used to analyse the data collected and the innovation proposed in the four technical WPs.

WP3: Secondary sources (industrial waste/tailings)

Mapping, analysis and recommendations for secondary resources (waste/tailings)

The main objective of Workpackage 3 is to address the recovery of refractory metals in metallic or oxidic forms existing in waste (old mine tailings and industrial waste) and  to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. To reach this main objective the following actions will be conducted in WP3:

  • The available resources containing refractory metals will be identified and listed.
  • Existing and innovative technologies for mineral processing and the extractive metallurgy will be explored.
  • Paths for recovery will be proposed.

WP5: Concepts and substitution scenarios

Analysis of potential substitutes for refractory metals based on 4 scenarios

Refractory metals (RM) – Tungsten, Tantalum, Rhenium, Molybdenum and Niobium – play a highly strategic role in European industrial sectors. Substitution analysis is a key concept that must be present in a transversal way to study and design the entire value chain. This Workpackage aims to discuss and analyse the mapping of RM substitutes within their most relevant applications in EU industry according to the importance of three criteria: social, economic and strategic. This map needs to be considered as part of the value chain analysis carried out in WP1, and a factor in the prioritisation and definition of clear actions in the fate of RM regarding supply, recycling/waste management strategies and loops.

WP2: Primary resources

Mapping, analysis and recommendations for primary resources (5 refractory metals)

Based on the evaluation of the primary resources of five refractory metals, the available and innovative mining technologies will be identified; the existing technologies of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy will be reviewed and the innovative technologies will be investigated; wastes including mineral processing tailings and metallurgical slags will be evaluated with specific attention given to the reduction of the amount of waste, environmental impacts, the recovery of valuable trace elements and potential uses as construction materials.

All of the information will be discussed and analysed during the workshops with the external experts.

WP4: Secondary resources (urban mining)

Mapping, analysis and recommendations for secondary resources (urban mining)

The Workpackage 4 objectives include:

• the identification of existing recycling technologies and gaps to be addressed;
• the identification of barriers for the recycling of refractory metals;
• the determination of applications where recycling may present a significant opportunity.

WP6: Knowledge Management (KM)

Managing knowledge for wide dissemination

  • To set the framework for internal knowledge management through the implementation of MSP-REFRAM customised KM tools
  • To identify existing knowledge and gaps in close cooperation with WP1-WP5 leaders
  • To retrieve and store knowledge that will be generated through WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP5
  • To transform such knowledge into reports, factsheets, infographics, etc. to be used in the Document Management System (DMS) and into classified data (databases or *.xml files) to be used in the Decision Support System (DSS)
  • To set the public DMS and DST as part of the results from the interactions within the multistakeholder platform community