Innovation Projects

The ambitious vision of EIT RawMaterials will be realised by the creation of a structured collaboration within the Knowledge Triangle, which is the basic of the KIC model.

Call for Projects 2021 is closed! The next call will open in October 2020.

Call for Projects 2022

EIT RawMaterials Projects Timeline

334 Projects
Project Portfolio
Innovation Themes
Innovation Areas/Lighthouses

Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

ACCHAIRSTU: Attracting Students to RM Metallurgy

Project duration: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

Promoting the extractive metallurgy industry

Objective

The goal of ACCHAIRSTU is to spread metallurgical knowledge of raw materials in society through new targeted communication and awareness-raising activities, with an aim to raise people’s interest in the RM sector, attract future students, increase goodwill towards RM industry activities and secure the social license to operate for RM industries.

The solution (technology)

ACCHAIRSTU encourages students to join the metallurgical industry and improves their awareness of the sector by arranging industrial visits and internships, and helps to disseminate metallurgical knowledge by awarding prizes to help the publication of metallurgy-related studies and thesis.

Partnership

  • Atlantic Copper, Spain
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Gomez Pardo Foundation, Spain
  • Lorraine University, France
  • Technische Univ. Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Slovenia
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
Circular Economy

ADMA2: Practical training between Academia and Industry during doctoral studies

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021

Objective

ADMA 2-proposal intensifies collaboration and information sharing between academia and industry. The financial support and the organization of practical training periods of PhD-students into companies located in different parts of Europe, will foster new research capacities that can rapidly be transferred into the advantage of business life. On the other hand, the business produces new demands and research topics; therefore symbiosis-kind relationships are formed between the two cooperating parties. As an overall effect of the interaction, new generation of products and production processes are stimulated, where harmful materials are substituted and/or the production processes systematically improved e.g. according to the principles of quality philosophies, e.g. Six sigma-Lean, Green Chemistry and Engineering. This leads to circumstances where less waste (e.g. over-processing, waiting, transferring, storing) is generated in industries.

The solution (technology)

Products are designed for quality and their recyclability considered already in the product development phase of their lifecycle. -All these actions strengthen also doctoral students´ possibilities in career development in many ways. Students can apply research skills in practice before graduation, establish new collaborative networks, gain new ideas and aspects to their doctoral thesis, achieve good experience that can guide their career towards the raw materials sector. After graduation, students bring their experience and knowledge for the advantage of their new employer organization, which in the end, is expected to benefit the whole raw materials society.

Partnership

  • Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio (Aalto University)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas M.P., CSIC (Spanish National Research Council)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
  • EIT Raw Materials GmbH
  • Geologian tutkimuskeskus, GTK (Geological Survey of Finland)
  • HYdrogen for Development of Environmental Projects (hydep)
  • Kerline Srl
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Tallinn University of Technology
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology)
  • Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca (University of Milano- Bicocca)
  • University of Oulu

ADMA2 – Practical Training Between Academia and Industry During Doctoral Studies

Objective:

ADMA2 promotes the practical level training of PhD students in companies and research institutes in Europe in the EIT Raw Materials topic areas. The benefits of the activities are several. The companies obtain motivated and skilled doctoral students with the most updated knowhow, and the students gain experience relevant to building their career.

The solution (technology):

ADMA 2 intensifies collaboration and information sharing between academia and industry. The financial support and the organization of practical training periods of PhD-students into companies located in different parts of Europe, will foster new research capacities that can rapidly be transferred into the advantage of business life. On the other hand, business produces new demands and research topics; therefore symbiosis-kind relationships are formed between the two cooperating parties. As an overall effect of the interaction, a new generation of products and production processes are stimulated, where harmful materials are substituted and/or the production processes systematically improved e.g. according to the principles of quality philosophies, such as Six sigma-Lean, Green Chemistry and Engineering. This leads to circumstances where less waste (e.g. through over-processing, waiting, transferring, storing) is generated in industries.

Products are designed for quality and their recyclability is already considered in the product development phase of their lifecycle. These actions also strengthen doctoral students´ possibilities for career development in many ways. Students can apply research skills in practice before graduation, establish new collaborative networks, gain new ideas and aspects to their doctoral thesis, and achieve good experience that can guide their career towards the raw materials sector. After graduation, students bring their experience and knowledge for the advantage of their new employer organization, which in the end, is expected to benefit the whole raw materials society.

Partners:

University of Oulu (Lead Partner), Finland
Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio (Aalto University), Finland
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas M.P., CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Spain
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
Geologian tutkimuskeskus, GTK (Geological Survey of Finland), Finland
HYdrogen for Development of Environmental Projects (hydep), Italy
Kerline Srl, Italy
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
TalTech University, Estonia
Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), Netherlands
Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca (University of Milano- Bicocca), Italy

ADMADP: Advanced Materials Doctoral Programme – ADMA-DP for Doctoral Education

Objective

ADMADP develops the doctoral training in the existing Advanced Materials Doctoral Programme (ADMA-DP) to fulfill the quality criteria of the EIT-labelling in doctoral training. The ADMA-DP was initiated in 2013 at the University of Oulu to address the raw materials needs mostly in Finland since the mining activities had become very important in northern and eastern part of Finland and in the Nordic countries at large.

The solution (technology)

The research and education in the ADMA-DP include the whole raw materials cycle, taking into account sustainability aspects, i.e. economic, environmental, and social sustainability of products and production processes. In this project, the innovation and entrepreneurship mindset will be fostered to strengthen the ADMA-DP education and to benefit the stakeholders, i.e. society, universities, research centers and industry via skilled experts. ADMADP will add innovation and entrepreneurship training into the programme (development of courses and a study module) in order to meet the requirements for EIT-labelling.

The approach to developing students’ innovation skills comprises of:

  • Modules in product development and productisation, entrepreneurship and business;
  • International placements in industry and research organisations;
  • A programme of activities for students to build their own networks.

Partnership

Programme Co-ordinator: Prof. Riitta Keiski, University of Oulu, riitta.keiski@oulu.fi

For more information please check the web page of the course.

ADMIRED LAB: Advanced Mineral Resources Development Labelled

Objective

The impact of the program will be the impact the graduates will have on the mining industry and its respective interconnection with society and the environment. The programme will create students with a new mindset that will practically apply their newly gained awareness in a cross-industrial/governmental and social manner. They will convey that only through the creation of synergies, interdisciplinary thinking and systemic approaches the status-quo in mining can be changed for the better in regards to a sustainable approach. The programme will thus have a de-siloing effect on various fields involved.

The solution (technology)

Synergies will be created between mining companies, political institutions, social and environmental stakeholders and their NGOs as well as public administration. This will only be possible through creating such students as ADMIRED LAB students with an intercultural mindset that consolidates all these silos to be a new worldview and who know how to apply this. The benefitting entities will be all parties mentioned above as well as society and the planet as a whole. Academic institutions can benefit from the programme structure which is transferrable to other content foci but yet produces systemic innovative entrepreneurial thinkers.

Partnership

The application is now opened. Please apply no later than 30 June 2017. For more information, please click here.

You can find more details and apply on the official website of the Master programme.

AISS: Alumni Interaction in the frame of dedicated Summer Schools

AISS project is fully integrated in the funded Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling (AMIR) master programme.

Objective

Facilitating the insertion and career progression of the AMIR master students and young professionals in the market of raw materials innovation and related ecosystems.

The solution (technology)

A series of summer schools will allow for networking with industry partners, start-ups, incubators, alumni and current AMIR students. The summer schools will broaden the knowledge and improve the skills of the students by offering additional pedagogical contents on industrial and business intelligence. This project aims at officially creating and developing an AMIR network of alumni. In addition, a graduation ceremony will be implemented within AISS as well as a matchmaking meeting with industrial partners, start-ups and incubators.

Partnership

  • Université de Bordeaux, France (Lead Partner)
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • University of Liège, Belgium
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Technical University of Madrid), Spain
  • Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology, INP), France
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas M.P., CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Spain
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France
  • Frauhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany
  • ArcelorMittal, France
  • Arkema, France
  • Veolia Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Substitution

ALIM: Advanced LI Metal electrodes

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2020

Objective

The need for better energy storage systems is definitely a challenge for the 21st century, and lots of efforts have been devoted to building better batteries. Li-ion technology is progressively reaching its limits in terms of performances, while the current Li-ion battery market is mostly dominated by the LiCoO2/graphite system, based on toxic and critical active raw materials. Driven by the needs of electric vehicles (EVs), intermittent renewable energy and expanding portable applications, lots of efforts are devoted today to research for alternative energy storage systems that could allow for higher energy densities, along with low cost, high cyclability, and safety.

Lithium metal is the most promising negative electrode material for high energy post-Li-ion technologies, like Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP®) and Lithium/Sulfur (Li/S) batteries.

The solution (technology)

The main goal of ALIM project is to support the commercialization of CMR-free innovative battery solutions for EV and stationary applications, by mastering the production process of extra-thin lithium electrodes and boosting the performances of current BlueSolutions LMP® cells.

Partnership

  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France (Lead Partner)
  • BlueSolutions, France
  • Bühler Redex, Germany
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

ALPE: Advanced Low-Platinum hierarchical Electrocatalysts for low-T fuel cells

Project duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 May 2023

Objective

The project ALPE aims at developing and commercializing a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) power plant yielding 5 kW, a durability of 5000 hours, and including 0.5 g of Pt instead of 1 g or more. This is achieved with radically new hierarchical nanostructured electrocatalysts (ECs) promoting the electrochemical processes of the PEMFC. ALPE covers the value chain from the ECs to the assembly and validation of the PEMFC power plant.

The solution (technology)

The project ALPE will yield a “Fuel Cell”, i.e., an electrochemical device fed with hydrogen and producing electrical energy very efficiently and without pollution. Today “Fuel Cells” are not widespread and are very expensive. Indeed, they include a large amount of platinum, that is precious and scarce. ALPE will halve the amount of Pt used in a “Fuel Cell”. Thus, the “Fuel Cell” devised in ALPE will be more affordable, and will be durable and powerful enough to power a small forklift.

Partnership

  • University of Padova (Lead partner), Italy
  • BRETON S.p.A., Italy
  • The French National Centre for Scientific Research, France
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. (CRF – C.R.F.), Italy
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France
  • EIT Raw Materials GmbH, Germany
  • INPG Enterprise SA, France
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP), France
  • SYMBIO, France
  • University of Lorraine (UL), France
  • University of Warsaw, Poland