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THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools for Selective, Low-impact Mining of Small High-grade Deposits

  • 7 Million
  • United Kingdom
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Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools for Selective, Low-impact Mining of Small High-grade Deposits
Company Name THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Funded By 38
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 7 Million
Project Detail

The current mining paradigm promotes extraction from large ‘world-class’ deposits that have required innovations in mining techniques to deal with low grades, large infrastructure to deal with high throughputs and large feasibility studies to prove long-term commercial viability. High investment in operations is no longer available in the current economic climate and many small companies have ceased to trade, concentrating production and limiting the ability of the raw materials market to respond to increased demand for raw materials or shortages in raw material supply. The problem is most extreme for critical raw materials that are produced in small quantities relative to traditional metal commodities because the potential return on investment is too low. The IMPaCT project proposes a solution that develops a new switch on-switch off (SOSO) mining paradigm to improve the viability of many critical metal and other small complex deposits. The whole systems approach that we have adopted to realise the SOSO mining paradigm centres around technological innovations in mining equipment design and mine planning that would reduce the feasibility studies required, throughput of extracted material, infrastructure, land use, resource consumption and waste. Successful business models for SOSO mining require that mining and processing technologies can be adapted to multiple deposits and commodities. Risks that are associated with the approach concern geological uncertainty, metallurgical variability and social acceptance. The work programme aims to develop the proof-of-concept of total and sustainable mining and processing solutions using case studies in the West Balkans, and subsequently to examine the step-changes that would be required for the technology to be applied globally. The companies involved in the project intend to commercialise the results. Dissemination activities include feedback to European and national policy makers, and the mining industry in general.

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Company Name THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address The QueenS Drive Northcote House Ex4 4qj Exeter
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/206222/factsheet/en

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UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies

  • 7 Million
  • Spain
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Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies
Company Name UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Funded By 38
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 7 Million
Project Detail

The main economic, technological and environmental challenges of small mining include reducing high investment costs, reducing generation of waste and large tailings, identifying and addressing environmental impacts, and improving flexibility, automation and safety of operations. However, at the moment, there is no quick-fix available to reduce the environmental impact from mines, and it is neither realistic to expect production solutions very distant from today’s technologies. Considering that the present mining technology is based on rock blasting and mobile mining equipment for loading and transportation, the major challenge is to generate a new sustainable systemic solution that affects positively the relevant mining value chain. SLIM aims to develop a cost-effective and sustainable selective low impact mining solution based on non-linear rock mass fragmentation by blasting models, airborne particulate matter, vibration affections and nitrate leaching mitigation actions for exploitation of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases) through a new generation of explosives and an advanced automatic blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models for optimum fragmentation and minimum rock damage and far-field vibrations. SLIM consortium is led by UPM (es), with LTU (se), MUL (at) and TUG (at) as Research Insitutions, 3GSM (at - Rock fragmentation and blasting software), MAXAM (es - Explosives), ORGIVA (es - Fluorite mine) and ERZBERG (at - Iron mine) and ARNO (es - Quarry) as validators in relevant environment. BRGM (fr), INVESTORNET (dk), MINPOL (at), and ZABALA (es) complement the Environmental and Economic assessments, the Communication and Dissemination activities and Social Awareness actions. SLIM addresses the following issue: a) Sustainable selective low impact mining (2016), it has a planned duration of 48 months and a budget of €6,979,200 requesting €6,979,200 of EU funding.

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Company Name UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Address Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado 28040 Madrid
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/206220/factsheet/en

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J&C BACHMANN GMBH

Compact X-Ray Fluorescence borehole probe for uniquely flexible, efficient and complete underground material analysis

  • 71,429
  • Germany
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Compact X-Ray Fluorescence borehole probe for uniquely flexible, efficient and complete underground material analysis
Company Name J&C BACHMANN GMBH
Funded By 38
Country Germany , Western Europe
Project Value 71,429
Project Detail

J&C Bachmann is specialized in the design and development of industrial measurement and control equipment for the mining industry. We develop physical and image based analysis and measuring methods for the determination of material properties, quality assurance and process automation. With an experienced team of physicists and engineers, we provide highly specialized and high added value measuring and control products and services. In the mining industry and for any other environmental and geologic research applications, exploration investigations are frequently accompanied by large scale drilling and blasting. Traditional methods of elemental analysis of samples in laboratories or through complex on-site equipment are both time consuming and extremely expensive, while also involving significant environmental damage: Over €10 billion are spent every year on prospecting and exploration tasks worldwide. For a particular site, this process can take up to 8 years to complete and cost over €15 million. Over the last years of R&D, we have conceived a miniaturized probe that uses X-Ray Fluorescence analysis to measure with outstanding accuracy the ground’s mineral composition along small, low-impact boreholes. Without any radioactive sources, the compact probe directly collects precise and real-time elemental analysis information directly inside the borehole. Our probe will help improve the efficiency of the prospecting and exploration stages, by reducing its cost and duration by 80%. At a fraction of the cost of larger, bulkier radioactive neutron-based probes, IBERIA XRF will also provide us with a key market advantage, allowing us to sell an estimated 250 units by 2025 and generate over €20 million in revenues. It will also provide us increased visibility and allow us to consolidate our brand as a reference in mining equipment market, leading to the creation of over 50 high grade jobs in the EU.

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Company Name J&C BACHMANN GMBH
Address Speicherstrasse 23 76307 Karlsbad
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/220173/factsheet/en

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