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Towards a roadmap to monitor the physical economy of platinum and its use in electrolysis and fuel cells

Towards a roadmap to monitor the physical economy of platinum and its use in electrolysis and fuel cells

This workshop is part of an EU Horizon 2020 project MinFuture (Global material flows and demand-supply forecasting for mineral strategies; see details here:, and the Villum Foundation funded project V-Sustain (the work of a PhD involved contributes to the main content in the workshop; V-Sustain center aims to make an impact by designing efficient routes for storing electrical energy in the form of chemical bonds, Robust knowledge on global material cycles should underpin decisions towards secure and sustainable supply of raw materials. However, such knowledge is currently highly fragmented, dispersed and varies significantly between different commodities, countries or life cycle stages, making the integration of data and information impossible. A common ‘language’, which would enable the assimilation of existing knowledge is missing. The purpose of MinFuture is the development of a common approach to material flow analysis (MFA) and the establishment of international collaboration. MinFuture brings together 16 international partners from universities, public organizations and companies, to provide transparency about existing MFA approaches, identify information gaps concerning global material flows, and develop a framework towards a roadmap to monitor the physical economy of materials.

The main objective of this workshop is to test out the framework we developed in MinFuture towards a roadmap of the future of platinum and its use in electrolysis and fuel cells. We aim to bring together active stakeholders and researchers in the field of platinum life cycle and catalyst industry. In the workshop, we will present our conceptual framework and preliminary results on platinum material flows and demand-supply forecasting associated with European energy scenarios. Then we would like to ask our stakeholders to give feedback on (1) the methodological framework itself, (2) the current mapping of the platinum material cycle and its dynamics, and (3) relevance of this knowledge for businesses/industry.

Tentative agenda:
09:00-09:20 Welcome with light breakfast, coffee, and self-introduction
09:20-10:00 Introduction to MinFuture, V-sustain and preliminary results
10:00-14:00 Sessions on challenges, system, and data (working lunch 12:00-13:00)
14:00-15:00 Wrapping up and way forward

If you are interested in the workshop please contact Gang Liu, Associate Professor ( and Kasper Dalgas Rasmussen, Ph.D. student (, SDU Life Cycle Engineering, University of Southern Denmark

May 4, 2018
University of Southern Denmark