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Life Cycle and Criticality Assessment of Platinum Extraction, Usage and Energy Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128159118

Life Cycle and Criticality Assessment of Platinum Extraction, Usage and Energy Applications

1st Edition

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Authors: Anup Pradhan Nheta Willie Junior Mabiza Charles Mbohwa Benedikt Buchspies
Paperback ISBN: 9780128159118
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd November 2020
Page Count: 320
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Life Cycle and Criticality Assessment of Platinum Extraction, Usage and Energy Applications discusses past, present and future research works on platinum and its applications to fuel cells. It examines the global trends of platinum mining, processing and its applications, with case studies from the Southern African region. The book offers a brief discussion on different types of fuel cells and a detailed description of platinum-based fuel cell technology. The environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the production chain of fuel cell technology are evaluated using lifecycle assessment, along with a critical assessment of platinum group metals that focuses on all aspects of its sustainability.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of the platinum value chain in relation to its application in energy technologies, including fuel cells and electrolyzers
  • Presents trends and cutting-edge technologies
  • Examines different perspectives, such as technologies of mining, processing, sustainability aspects and criticality for the use of platinum in fuel cells


Researchers and engineers in the field of fuel cells. Researchers and engineers involved in nanotechnology and platinum mining, life cycle and criticality assessment. Stakeholders in the platinum and clean energy sectors

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Platinum production
3. Fuel cell technology and its types
4. Perspectives of PEM Fuel cell LCA
5. Criticality assessment


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2nd November 2020
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About the Author

Anup Pradhan

Anup Pradhan is Senior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. He is NRF (National Research Foundation, South Africa) rated researcher and is registered Engineer with the Nepal Engineering Council. He has held posts at Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (Nepal) and Institute of Engineering (Nepal). He has been working in the field of renewable energy for last ten years and has published several journal and conference papers, including few book chapters. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Class ‘A’ Gold Medal from the President of Nepal.

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Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa

Nheta Willie

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Lecturer, University of Johannesburg

Junior Mabiza

Junior is an academic, environmentalist, and industrial engineer and physicist passionate about energy generation using Eco-friendly renewable energy systems. He is involved into energy related precious metals such as platinum group metals for clean energy generation aiming to power the global automotive sector in the coming years and to supply on-site household and industry clean energy through the hydrogen fuel cell technology systems operating with very low to zero carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Lately, Junior is invested into research on fossil fuels, coal and gas, for clean energy production and greenhouse gas emissions management, flow modelling, production streamlined may result effectiveness and efficiency while productivity enhanced under environmentally sound and controlled processes envisioning sustainability management.

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Researcher, University of Johannesburg

Charles Mbohwa

Professor Charles Mbohwa is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. He is currently Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg and is an established researcher and professor in the field of sustainability engineering and energy. Upon graduating with his BSc Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe in 1986, he was employed as a mechanical engineer by the National Railways of Zimbabwe. He holds a Masters in Operations Management and Manufacturing Systems from University of Nottingham and completed his doctoral studies at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology in Japan. He was a Fulbright Scholar visiting the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute at the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, a Japan Foundation Fellow, is a Fellow of the Zimbabwean Institution of Engineers and is a registered mechanical engineer with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe. He has also visited many countries on research and training engagements including the United Kingdom, Japan, German, France, the USA, Brazil, Sweden, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius, Austria, the Netherlands, Uganda, Namibia and Australia. He has had several awards including British Council Scholarship, Japanese Foundation Fellowship, Kubota Foundation Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship.

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Professor, University of Johannesburg

Benedikt Buchspies

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Researcher, Hamburg University of Technology

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