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.

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EIT RawMaterials Projects Timeline

319 Projects
Project Portfolio
Innovation Themes
Innovation Areas/Lighthouses

MineHeritage: Historical Mining – Tracing and Learning From Ancient Materials and Mining Technology

Objective:

MineHeritage intends to reach society on the importance of raw materials through an historical approach. Using Europe as a common foreground, where raw materials have been explored and traded through time, we will show that technological developments increased the demand for certain raw materials, linking regions to social strategies of work and progress. Through the history of mining we will show the importance of raw materials in the development of Europe, European Culture and Society.

The solution (technology):

MineHeritage is a Wider Society Learning project that intends to use Cultural Heritage, Mining and Raw Materials to create popular educational tools for the dissemination of the importance of Raw Materials to society through historic periods. By developing a comprehensive roadmap of mining and raw materials since prehistory, linking European regions to the commercial routes of raw materials used at various times, we can entice school age children (13-19 yrs) and young adults (20-45) to explore history together, raw materials, technological development, society, new materials and cultural tourism using a web-based multilevel game and an Application for mobile devices.

Dissemination elements in the platform include videos produced by partners in their native language with subtitles in English, information collected by partners on important sites but also on unfamiliar mining explorations, booklets and brochures, news clippings and other captivating elements. The increased dissemination opportunities within partner countries by having information in local languages but also in English promotes cultural diversity in a unified European context of Raw Materials. The large number of partners involved will improve and create new lines of communication between different KIC partners and regions, being a positive incentive to create a common platform of knowledge and understanding.

Partners:

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon) – Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA), Portugal (Lead Partner)
Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
Geologian tutkimuskeskus, GTK (Geological Survey of Finland), Finland
INESC TEC Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto (Institute for 51. Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto), Portugal
Politechnika Slaska (Silesian University of Technology), Poland
TalTech University, Estonia
Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Technical University of Madrid), Spain
Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova), Italy
Université de Liège, Belgium
Université Grenoble Alpes, France
University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF), Croatia

MINERS: Mine Emergency Response and Rescue School

Objective

MINERS aims to establish an international mine emergency response and rescue training module for integration into university master’s and PhD curricula. It will combine the know-how of different international universities, companies and experts and will prepare students to work in the fields of mine emergency response, rescue operations and crisis management.

The solution (technology)

Mine Emergency Response(MINERS) and rescue School aims to create an international program to teach students important skills in fields like mine rescue, emergency response and safety management. The students will not only learn the theoretical backgrounds of national and international safety standards and rescue procedures, but they will also be trained under real life conditions, supported by experts, to learn proper skills to run a safe and successful rescue mission.

Within MINERS an international uniform mine rescue program will be established that brings together students form different universities trained by international experts, who have personally been involved in mining accidents and have led rescue operations all over the world.

Partnership

Exploration

MineService: Mining/Mineral Support Services

Project duration: 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2019

Objective

The project is a public mineral intelligence system to support authorities (on national, regional or local level) at the decision-making process and to facilitate industry to enter into new markets.

The solution (technology)

The project will create a network, and a compendium of good practices and improve technical tools for raw materials management, transfer the knowledge and increase capacity building in mineral management on a test site (Macedonia).

Partnership

 

 

MINETRAIN: Economic Study and Implementation of Pyhäsalmi Mine Open Education and Research

Objective

MINETRAIN’s objective is to develop an advanced level training programme for mining industry professionals. The unique aspect of this training is that it provides learners with a holistic view of the whole mine lifecycle, as well as opportunities to test both skills and mining equipment in an actual deep mine site. This project will also assess the viability of using a closing mine for such novel, high quality teaching for professionals and students.

The solution (technology)

The MINETRAIN project proposes to develop training programmes for people working in mining and related disciplines. The novelty of the training is that it combines multi-disciplinary perspectives with practical hands-on experiences in a deep mine site, using state-of-the-art equipment.

The learning goals of the MINETRAIN project are that learners have the skills for sustainable management of any phase of sustainable mining operations – from exploration and discovery of the mineral resource, through a feasibility study, mine design, development of plans, production and process operations to mine closure. H&S, environmental and societal aspects of mining are emphasised in the curricula of the training programs.

This project will also assess the viability of offering other courses to a wider range of learners as well as undergraduate students. Through their studies, the individuals already working within the extraction industry and new generations who are entering into the business can quickly gain first-hand experience in real mining operations. Industry personnel, and their suppliers, can also quickly assess the latest technological innovations in the field – and so enhance the pace of change in the sector.

The philosophy underpinning the MINETRAIN approach to mining activities is to assist the clients in minimising the technical and financial risks by providing a competitive and skilled personnel asset while optimising the value drivers their operations.

Partnership

Substitution

MiRaCLE: MIneral RAw materials replacement with nanoComposites by renewabLe ResourcEs

Project duration: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018

Objective

MiRacle provides industry access to innovative and breakthrough technologies in the following markets: HW-ICT, through flexible and wearable electronic and optoelectronic devices; Mobility and Machinery & Equipment, through better thermal-dissipative and/or light-weighting components; Energy Supply, through more efficient and innovative fuel cells, solar cells, PEM Electrolysers, Metal-Air batteries. MiRaCLE consortium develops new processes and materials for the substitution of metals and conventional fossil-based materials, obtained from non-renewable sources, by carbon- and bio-based innovative materials, obtained from renewable sources.

The solution (technology)

Through the micro-nano fabrication approach, MiRaCLE can offer to NoI users advanced services such as: structural and functional characterization of innovative materials; support (experimentation and testing) for the identification of suitable nanostructured material for target applications like:

  • anode in ion-intercalation batteries, PEMFC, automotive/aeronautic components (including tyres);
  • flexible and transparent optical elements; iii) components for filtration equipment.

Partnership

MiReBooks: Mixed Reality Handbooks for Mining Education

Objective:

MiReBooks produces a series of Virtual and Augmented Reality based (=Mixed Reality MR) interactive mining handbooks as a new digital standard for higher mining education across Europe. Many current challenges in mining education will be met in an innovative new way, by combining classical paper based teaching materials with MR materials and their transformation into pedagogically and didactically coherent MR handbooks for integrative classroom use.

The solution (technology):

MiReBooks is a new digital learning experience that will change the way we teach, learn and subsequently apply mining. By taking traditional paper based education material and enriching it with virtual and augmented reality based experiences (Mixed Reality), teachers can now convey and students now experience phenomena in the classroom that are usually not easily accessible in the real world. Complex issues of mining are no longer a challenging barrier for learning progress and students complete their studies with a more thorough comprehension of their discipline. Through thought through pedagogic inclusion in teaching plans, students will be able to take advantage of new ways of participation that are suitable for the needs of their generation. With MiReBooks, the way of teaching will change as instructors will be able engage their students in a more effective way and offer them an enriched content repertoire as well as a hightened comprehension opportunity.

The array of possible industrial mine environment examples that students can be immersed into becomes endless and thus the industry will receive graduates that are familiarized in-depth with a holistic view on the industrial context. Students will enter the job market skilled as digital natives and will highly influence the way the industry will work and develop in the future. Mixed Reality is certainly a most promising way to enable users to make the most of their learning experience and thus leverage the improvement of operational efficiencies and innovation. The tool is hence also attractive for industry application in professional training, to bring existing employees up-to-speed with the latest standards. MiReBooks will be the lubricant of change and innovation in the mining sector in terms of society and environment, safe and healthy working conditions and mining processes and equipment.

Partners:

Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria (Lead Partner)
Epiroc Rock Drills AB, Sweden
KGHM Cuprum sp. z o.o. Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe (KGHM Cuprum Ltd. Research & Development Centre), Poland
LTU Business AB, Sweden
Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden
Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB, LKAB, Sweden
Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Germany
TalTech University, Estonia
Technische Universitaet Graz (Graz University of Technology), Austria
Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT), Finland
Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
Voest Alpine Erzberg (VA Erzberg), Austria

Substitution

Modelling Factory: Collaborative modelling, simulation and decision making through shared Modelling Factory

Project duration: 1 March 2016 – 31 December 2018

Objective

The idea in the Factory is to create a virtual working space, where individuals and organisations can test and share their ideas on how to advance material efficiency and circular economy by creating different types of computational models and solutions and to validate them against real provided scientific, industrial and environmental data. This project will support models in different levels of details like in materials level, component level and systems level. Both commercial and free modelling tools can be used in the Factory.

The solution (technology)

The outcome of the activity is an Open Modelling Factory where different computational tools of KIC partners can be used as plug-ins. The idea is to harvest different types of relevant tools and models of the partners, assess their integration possibilities and implement the most relevant bridges. The goal is to have an impact on developing new insights into obtaining, using, and recovering materials, and creating fertile ground for new innovative business start-ups to be formed and new product ideas also from large companies to have faster product design cycles.

Partnership

For more information, please visit the official website of the project.

Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

MONICALC: Integrated system for Monitoring and Control of Product quality and flexible energy delivery in Calcination

Project duration: 1 May 2016 – 31 December 2018

Objective

Implement and test integrated monitoring and control products and services for minerals calcination processes in relevant applications in the Minerals and Raw Materials Industry.

The solution (technology)

A novel online analyzer for kaolin characterization, monitoring and control algorithms for calciner across the whole production value chain based on ore mineralogy, and an integrated mine big data bank. The solution will be further enhanced in the MONICALC by the flexible energy delivery system from the gasifier being able to use renewable energy raw materials.

Partnership

Learn more about the MONICALC project here.