BRGM will be taking part in a Technical Symposium on the hydrogen sector and the issue of ensuring the supply of strategic metals. The event will be held in Paris on Tuesday 28 March 2023.

What contribution can the circular economy make?

Like many technological sectors involved in the energy transition, the hydrogen sector will need to ensure a sustainable, eco-responsible supply of critical metals for the future, in particular iridium and platinum. The production of platinum-group metals (PGMs) is concentrated in a small number of countries, some of which are affected by high levels of geopolitical risks, linked to several environmental and social problems.

Co-organised by France Hydrogène, the French Ministry for the Energy Transition and SIM (French Mineral Industries Society), this technical symposium will address various issues linked to the use of PGMs in hydrogen-based technologies. The programme for the day will include a series of presentations, followed by round-tables with experts, who will provide potential answers and solutions to issues that are of key importance for the energy transition.

This day of technical discussions will provide a platform for exchanges between representatives from the hydrogen sector, industrial companies working in the fields of catalysis and precious metals, recycling companies and research laboratories, with a view to reinforcing the links between public authorities and private players. Finally, it will also promote initiatives aimed at building more resilient value chains within the European Union, through the use of secondary resources.

BRGM presentations

Mathieu Leguérinel, a BRGM Mineral Resource Economist, will be giving two presentations during the day:

  • 2 pm to 2:20 pm: Primary PGM resources: current producers, and the strategic issues from a French perspective.
  • 2:40 pm to 3 pm What are PGMs used for? Which ones can be used as a secondary resource?