Platinum Group Metals – the green metals
As a vital component in autocatalytic convertors, PGMs play a significant role in reducing air pollution by substantially limiting the discharge of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides in both gasoline and diesel engines, as well as particulates in diesel engines.
PGMs are recyclable, this characteristic therefore ensures not only waste reduction, but the sustainability of supply. PGMs also possess excellent catalytic properties including resistance to corrosion and high melting points, which makes them ideal metals for a wide variety of industrial uses, particularly in the automotive sector.
PGMs are also used in fuel cells to develop both portable and auxiliary energy units and as a source of power for vehicles. As a carbon-free process, fuel cells are able to reduce air pollution considerably whilst curtailing demand for fossil fuels.