EIT RawMaterials Projects

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EIT RawMaterials Projects Timeline

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SusCritMat: Education Courses “Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials”

SusCritMat is a PhD education program dealing with education courses on sustainable management of critical raw materials.

Objective

The project aims at educating PhD students, master students, junior engineers or researchers and managers from industry to cover a series of important aspects regarding critical raw materials.

The solution (technology)

The consortium will use and create teaching materials and compile them to a variety of modules, which can be combined into different course formats. Education materials will be made available to participants of summer schools, before, during and after the courses so that they can work with state-of-the-art materials data.

Partnership

  • ESM Foundation (Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle – Foundation for Rare Metals), Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, BRGM (The French geological survey), France
  • ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL), France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Granta Design Limited, the United Kingdom
  • Leiden University, Belgium
  • Outotec Oy, Finland
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), the Netherlands
  • Universität Augsburg (University of Augsburg), Germany
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
  • EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland

For more information about the project and the SusCritMat Autumn School 2018, please check the SusCritMat website.

Recycling

SusCritMOOC: MOOC on Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials

Project duration: 01 April 2020 – 31 March 2022

Objective

The aim of the project is to to educate PhD and master students as well as professionals to cover a series of important aspects regarding Critical Raw Materials.

The solution (technology)

The project develops a free online course, which can be attended by anyone interested in Critical Raw Materials and on how to manage them in a sustainable fashion.

Partnership

  • ESM Foundation (Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle – Foundation for Rare Metals), Germany (Lead Partner)
  • EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, BRGM (The French geological survey), France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Outotec (Finland) Oy, Finland
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), The Netherlands
  • Université de Bordeaux, France

For more information, please visit the project website.

T-Dore: T-shaped Doctors in Residence – Doctoral training in RTOs and Industries

Objective

The T-Dore doctoral training programme aims to shape PhD students into innovation champions who have the knowledge and skills in applied sciences so they can develop market innovations.

The solution (technology)

The approach to shape students into innovation champions comprises of:

  • Providing a framework for students’ self-development activities, where students define and lead their own project to develop themselves and their future opportunities
  • International placements in industry and research organisations
  • Coaching in the development of a business model for the innovation that students are developing in their placements or own research

Partnership

Find more on the T-Dore course web page and follow the news update on the T-Dore Twitter.

Exploration

T-REX: Timegated Raman for Exploration

Project duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021

Objective

T-REX, the development of a novel timegated RAMAN sensor adapted to the requirements of the raw materials sector, aims at supplying precise real-time mineralogical analysis of rock samples. The T-REX sensor will be integrated into EIT´s ongoing project ANCORELOG, an analytical multi-sensor drill core logging system, with the objective of further developing an inter-european automatization and digitalization concept of drill core logging.

The solution (technology)

T-REX consists of developing a timegated RAMAN sensor adapted to the requirements of the exploration and mining industry and its integration into EIT´s multi-sensor drill core logging system ANCORELOG (Fig. 1).

The novel timegated RAMAN technology, a significant improvement of the classic and well known RAMAN technology, allows a fast and precise mineralogical sample analysis and is applicable on a wide range of minerals including those related to CRM such as Lithium. Mineralogical sample composition data gathered from the T-REX sensor will flow into ANCORELOG´s multi-sensor data fusion approach and enhance ANCORELOG´s smart algorithms designed to classify rock samples into geological and geometallurgical domains.

The growing demand in automatization and digitalization of processes related to the raw materials value chain also applies to the task of drill core logging. Huge drilling campaigns are performed during exploration, mining, processing and recycling of raw materials involving a considerable amount of time and costs associated with sample collection (drilling), sample preparation, sample transport and subsequent manual characterization and laboratory analysis. A precise, standardized time and cost efficient analytical logging process is of substantial importance for successful exploration and mining operations.

T-REX presents an enhanced exploration, extraction, processing and recycling method for all commodities including critical raw materials and will facilitate a precise planning of upcoming tasks by gaining high value information at early stages. The integration of T-REX into ANCORELOG will enhance the automatization and digitalization approach providing mineralogical composition data that is essential for a solid planning of ore recovery and processing.

Partnership

  • Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany
  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • EIT Raw Materials GmbH, Germany
  • KGHM Cuprum Ltd. Research & Development Centre, Poland
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Minas de Aguas Teñidas SAU, Spain
  • Timegate Instruments Oy, Finland
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT (Lead Partner), Finland

TAPA: ThermoplAstic fluid handling Pipes for Automotive sector

Objective

The objective of TAPA is the development of new pipes for the automotive sector based on the substitution of a natural rubber by a thermoplastic material, using energy efficiently produced blowing technology.

The solution (technology)

The obtained new solution, a combination of a new product (fluid handling pipes of vehicles turbo engines) and its manufacturing process, fulfills automotive sector customer needs (OEM), related to very exigent technical requirements (corrosion resistance, mechanical resistance, scratch resistance) and weight savings to reduce CO2 emission over a lifetime.

Partnership

  • Mondragon Corporation S. Coop., Spain (Lead Partner)
  • CIKATEK S. COOP., Spain
  • CIKAUTXO S. COOP., Spain
  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

TETALEAD: Hydrometallurgical Recovery of Lead, Silver and Tin from Sulphate Leach Residues

Project duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2023

Objective

TETALEAD will increase the raw material efficiency in zinc production by valorising significant amounts of lead, silver and tin contained in leach residues presently landfilled. A de-sulfurization method producing high quality concentrates are developed and patented for industrial implementation and commercialisation. This highly reduces energy consumption and CO2-emission, improves working environment and increases lead product market.

The solution (technology)

There are significant amounts moist leach residue, with valuable contents of lead, silver and tin, generated when extracting zinc. These residues presently go to landfill or are processed via high energy demanding processes emitting CO2, and that also generates new residues as lead containing slag. Via the new low temperature process the residue can be upgraded, without CO2 emission and SO2 (sulphur dioxide) release, into a high value Pb-concentrate that can be processed at moderate temperatures and with little need for refining. This type of concentrate is interesting on a wider market
Lead smelters processing lead containing moist leach residues take treatment fees independent on the lead and silver content, and the fee may be increased if the moisture content is high. Also, there is transportation costs for moving the material from one plant to another and if using seaborne bulk vessels dewatering to < 20% is usually needed.

Low temperature methods using different solutions for dissolving the compounds have been investigated but these are so far not widely spread. In this project a low temperature method already shown to be applicable on lead sulphate originating from lead-acid batteries recycling will be applied after adapting it to specific residues. The method will be up-scaled, demonstrated in an industry relevant environment. A patent application and basic design for industrial installation will support commercialisation and implementation, respectively, within three years from project end. Further, also the most appropriate hydrometallurgical methods among reported for silver and tin will be investigated and applied as well. Achieved knowledge will be disseminated through education for professionals and master students and also via scientific publication in open access journals and conferences gathering targeted users at industry and technology companies that can commercialise the method.

The proposed low temperature method is characterised by low consumption of reagents due to regeneration, almost effluent free process, low energy consumption and high quality products. Compared to the moist leach residue the lead product will have high lead content (70 to 75%) in a carbonate form being possible to process at lower temperature, e.g. in rotary kiln present at recycling companies. Following, the market will be larger and the product having a higher value. Market analyses for the technology and the products (lead, silver and tin products) as well as pre-feasibility study will clarify the economic aspects in terms of market, OPEX, CAPEX, NPV (Net Present Value), IRR (Internal rate return) etc. The environmental impact will be analysed in comparison to present processing route.

Partnership

  • Luleå University of Technology (LTU) (Lead Partner), Sweden
  • Boliden Commercial AB, Sweden
  • Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, Poland
Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

ThermoSpray: Scale-up of a thermal spray decomposition process for niobium oxide production

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 30 September 2020

Objective

H.C. Starck has developed a thermal spray decomposition of a niobium-containing solution as a new technology for the hydrometallurgical production of niobium oxides. This process is now further developed and transferred into the technical scale. Main features are significantly reduced production costs and a minimized environmental impact due to sustainable recycling of process chemicals. Until now the new thermal spray decomposition technology has been evaluated in the pilot scale. It has been shown that the new process including all related technical equipment is running stable for several hours. No essential operational problems have been observed or identified so far although highly corrosive chemicals are used in harsh process conditions.

The solution (technology)

In the next step a process scale-up must be performed, including investigations of the long-term material- and process stability as well as reproducible product quality. In summary, the most important tasks in the next project steps are upscaling, reconstruction and retrofitting of the experimental plant for the demonstration phase according to the experience gained in the pre-project, investigation of the resistance of the construction materials used in the production plant against corrosion in long-term, survey of the process reproducibility with respect to product purity, and adjustment of the product quality by mechanical post-treatment. The most important benefits of the new technology are significantly reduced production costs (up to 30%), development of new product qualities, and substantial reduction of wastewater and disposal sludge production due to sustainable and almost quantitative recycling of process chemicals.

Partnership

  • H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH, Germany (Lead Partner)
  • AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
  • H. C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Sustainable Mining

Think Tank – Circular Economy Business Ecosystem

Project status: Completed.

Objective

To boost companies’ business model innovation and circular economy ecosystem building the project aims to develop and launch a Circular Business Ecosystem Think Tank.

The solution

The project aims to research the potential of specific cases for value restoration and regeneration according to the principles of circular economy provide a platform and tested methodologies for identifying new profitable business opportunities and developing circular business models on a continuous basis. Target is that this created Think Tank platform can be used in EIT RawMaterials later on for boosting circular economy innovations.

Partnership

TIMREX: T-Shaped Master Programme for Innovative Mineral Resource Exploration

Project duration:1.1.2022 – 31.12.2024

Objective:

The TIMREX EIT-labelled MSc programme aims to train earth science specialists, primarily geologists, and geologist engineers, to help meet the mineral resource exploration demand of the EU. The geographical location of the four partnering universities helps to improve the mineral exploration workforce supply for the EU, including geographically two of the major EU mining and exploration hubs, Scandinavia and the ESEE region.

The solution (technology):

The TIMREX programme will train T-shaped earth science specialists having a strong background in classical disciplines of geology and geophysics complemented with modern 3D modelling as well as data processing and interpretation skills, while the boundary-crossing competencies will cover skills in innovative mineral exploration techniques and technologies used in the field, in laboratories, in an underground and underwater environment. Students will also be trained in sustainability, social responsibility, and social license to operate. All modules of the programme are taught in English. T-shaped mineral explorers will use Industry 4.0-derived tools and methods for mineral resource exploration, mentored by experts, which is a good precondition to become a competent person under CRIRSCO based on entrepreneurial competencies.

TIMREX will offer student mobilities between the partnering universities and organize a strong fieldwork period between M1 and M2 academic years. These field activities will give practical skills to students in field-based observation, analytical and geophysical tools, mapping, mining geology as well as underwater (seabed, flooded mines) tools of exploration, which strongly contribute to their innovative and entrepreneurship competencies. Non-academic partners from both industry and research institutes will strongly contribute to the whole training as fieldwork leaders and contributors, mentors, invited lecturers, and consultants for the curriculum development.
The TIMREX is a legacy of two EIT RawMaterials education projects: EXplORE and MOBI-US.

Partners:

  • University of Miskolc, Hungary (Lead Partner)
  • University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF), Croatia
  • UNEXMIN GeoRobotics, Hungary
  • Politechnika Wroclawska (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, WUST), Poland
  • Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Finland
  • La Palma Research Centre, Spain
  • KGHM Cuprum sp. z o.o. Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe (KGHM Cuprum Ltd. Research & Development Centre), Poland
  • INESC TEC Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science), Portugal
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia, GeoZS, Slovenia
  • GeoGold Kárpátia Kft., Hungary
  • European Federation of Geologists (EFG), Belgium
  • Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden

Find out more on the official project website.