Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Secure Supply of Refractory Metals in Europe (MSP-REFRAM)
Forskningsprojekt , 2016 – 2017

Refractory metals (tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, molybdenum and niobium) are highly strategic metals today mainly imported from a few countries. The European primary production remains below a few percentage. However, resources exist in Europe, as primary resources but mainly as secondary resources (industrial waste, urban mines). Valorizing these resources requires coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities to harmonise technologies, processes and services, develop standards, create new potential for export of eco-innovative solutions and for seizing new markets.

MSP-REFRAM will address these challenges by creating of a common multi-stakeholder platform that will draw the current 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 whole value chain including mining, processing, recycling, application.
The outputs of MSP-REFRAM will help Europe improve the supply value chain of refractory metals in the coming years, optimising the use of external resources as energy and water and at the same time 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 the 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.


Christian Ekberg (kontakt)

Professor vid Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Energi och material, Kärnkemi

Teodora Retegan Vollmer

Biträdande professor vid Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Energi och material, Kärnkemi


Amphos 21 Consulting

Barcelona, Spain

Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM)

Paris, France


Dun, France


Trappes, France

Fundacion Cartif

Boecillo, Spain

Geologian tutkimuskeskus (GTK)

Espoo, Finland

Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse

Toulouse, France

Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych

Gliwice, Poland

Junta de Castilla y León Agencia de Innovación, Financiación e Internacionalizacion Empresarial

Valladolid, Spain

Lappeenrannan teknillinen yliopisto (LUT)

Lappeenranta, Finland

Le Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA)

Gif-sur-Yvette, France

LGI Consulting

Paris, France

Mining and Recycling Innovation Association

Bruxelles, Belgium

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Athens, Greece

Optimizacion Orientada a la Sostenibilidad sl

Sevilla, Spain


Kista, Sweden

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern, Germany

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus (VTT)

Espoo, Finland

TU Delft

Delft, Netherlands

Universidad de Burgos

Burgos, Spain


Europeiska kommissionen (EU)

Finansierar Chalmers deltagande under 2016–2017

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