Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020


PGMs are some of the rarest & hardest to produce elements on earth with a very high supply risk. Nonetheless, they are among the most important for the EU and its automotive industry.

The solution (technology)

INNOCAT aims to diffuse an innovation in the domain of recycling and substitution of Platinum group metals (PGMs) in automotive catalysts, and aspires to build up communities in RIS-eligible countries, namely ecosystems of innovation, to stimulate the emergence of start-ups and foster further business development, based on the commercialisation potential of this technology. The benefits of this approach will be effectively demonstrated in the 7 participating RIS countries, by retrofitting heavy duty vehicles owned or operated by territorial public authorities. Many of these vehicles are aged, with very high CO2 emissions; consequently, the project key-beneficiaries will harvest both economic and environmental benefits. The project actively pursues the contribution of public authorities and policy-makers, businesses and business enablers (active in areas such as automotive maintenance, waste management and secondary raw resources), as well as academic, training, research, and innovation-oriented organisations.


  • Monolithos Ltd, Greece (Lead Partner)
  • Cambra Oficial de Comerc, Indústria i Serveis de Manresa, Spain
  • Consell general de Cambres de Comerc Industria i Navegacio de Catalunya (General Council of the Catalan Chambers of Commerce), Spain
  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Hellenic Society for the Promotion of Research and Development Methodologies (PROMEA), Greece
  • International Center for Advanced Materials and raw materials of Castilla y León – ICAMCyL, Spain
  • Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (MEERI), Poland
  • Regional Development Agency of the Pardubice Region, Czech Republic
  • Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (SZREDA), Bulgaria
  • Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
  • University of Miskolc, Hungary
  • Wcycle, Slovenia
  • Zavod za gradbenistvo Slovenije, ZAG (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute), Slovenia