Innovation Projects

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

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EIT RawMaterials Projects Timeline

385 Projects
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Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

AMIR: Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling

Project duration: 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2019

Objective

The Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling (AMIR) Master Programme focuses on the raw material value chain, with particularemphasis on recycling.

The two main objectives are:

  • Educate students to become highly skilled European professionals with expertise in various types of materials. This expertise will enable them to develop, at a large and ambitious scale, new methods for material recycling. In addition, the AMIR program includes classes on transferable skills such as innovation, ethics, intellectual property, life cycle assessment, sustainability and advanced research strategies.
  • Develop a deep entrepreneurship mindset with the help and expertise of associated businesses, incubators and innovation services as well as a large panel of industries.

The solution (technology)

This program will contribute to the Raw Materials Initiative to set out actions to improve the enforcement of EU rules on how waste may be traded. Interdisciplinarity around materials science is today needed to be able to propose the industrial alternatives for materials recycling. The 2010 report from the CEFIC European Chemistry Industry Council emphasizes multidisciplinarity and a broad skillset as the main competencies to be further developed in higher education curricula in the chemistry field. The new routes for an efficient materials recycling will be developed by the engineers/researchers of tomorrow with a consolidated ethic, a solid knowledge at the crossroad between the academic and the applied materials science disciplines as well as a solid entrepreneurship mindset.

Partnership

If you have any questions regarding the AMIR Master Programme, please contact: amir-master@eitrawmaterials.eu

You can find more information and apply on the official AMIR website.

Recycling

AMIR-LIH: Master program on Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling focused on Lighthouses

Project duration: 1 January 2021 – 31 July 2025

Objective

AMIR is the only EIT-Labelled Master Programme focused on the theme of recycling. AMIR-LIH will improve teaching offers with regard to the LightHouses (LIH) on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility and on Raw Materials and Circular Societies. AMIR-LIH will increase the number of students to 48 students per cohort and will be the only programme having two universities for Master 1 studies in RIS countries.

The solution (technology)

Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling focused on LIghHouses – AMIR-LIH – plans for three cohorts of students from 2021 to 2025, thereby increasing the number of students, who will become highly skilled professionals with expertise in various types of materials and their recycling, up to the target of 48 students per cohort. This will be achieved through three entry universities which enrol first year Master students at the University of Bordeaux, the NOVA University Lisbon and now also at the University of Miskolc (see Figure New Master Structure). The latter two were selected as entry universities in order to increase the role of universities from RIS countries in EIT RawMaterials’ Master School and the number of students from these countries in EIT-Labelled Master programmes.
The Master Programme on Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling – AMIR – is one of the six EIT-Labelled Master programmes currently run under the RawMaterials Academy and part of the Master School. This programme was created in 2017 as part of a collaborative process between academia, industry and research organisations in response to a pressing need to develop Europe’s advanced materials recycling capabilities to increase secondary raw material supply to European industry. It combines leading European expertise to deliver a world leading Master programme in the fields of Innovation, Advanced Materials and Recycling.

The AMIR programme works in collaboration with 6 leading European universities in the field representing 6 countries and 4 CLCs, demonstrating a truly geographically diverse consortium – University of Bordeaux, NOVA University Lisbon, TU Darmstadt, University of Liège, Polytechnic University of Madrid and the University of Miskolc. Drawing on the expertise of these universities, AMIR brings together the collaboration of academia, industry and research partners to educate “T-shaped professionals”. On the one hand, this means the programme provides in-depth knowledge in materials science & engineering and a very good understanding of recycling technologies. On the other hand, this knowledge is combined with transferable skills thanks to courses on entrepreneurship & innovation, creativity & leadership, intellectual property & technology intelligence as well as life cycle assessment & sustainability.

In the renewed programme, AMIR will intensify the entrepreneurial opportunities provided to students and contribute to the implementation of the two EIT Raw Materials Lighthouses on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility and on Raw Materials and Circular Societies. Students will develop a deep entrepreneurship mind-set with the help and expertise of associated businesses, incubators and innovation services as well as a large panel of industries, with whom they will interact in dedicated seminars and obligatory summer schools. And this will also be facilitated by new types of courses where AMIR students work with management students and their participation in the Jumpstarter Programme and the Raw & Circular Economy Expedition (RACE). The renewed Master programme AMIR-LIH will improve the teaching offers related to the lighthouses by several means in all Master 2 programme such as dedicated new modules on battery recycling and soft skills need for the transition to a circular economy. This new expertise will enable the students of the new cohorts to develop, at a large and ambitious scale, new methods for ensuring the recycling of multiple materials used in the Future Mobility and other sectors within Circular Societies.

Partnership

  • Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  • ArcelorMittal Maizières Research SA, France
  • Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques asbl (CRM Group), Belgium
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • New University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA), Portugal
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • University of Miskolc, Hungary
  • Université de Bordeaux (Lead Partner), France

For more information, please visit the project website.

Recycling

AMIR-RIS: Master in Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling Extended by an RIS

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021

Objective

The AMIR-RIS project consists of the consolidation and improvement of the AMIR pilot, which attracted 14 students in its first year, and an extension to partners in Hungary and Portugal who belong to the ESEE/RIS regions. AMIR-RIS involves 6 universities, 5 RTOs and 3 companies including Veolia, who provided advice to the programme design. We claim funding dedicated to 2 new cohortes of respectively 32 students.

The consolidated AMIR Master involving 6 European universities, together with 5 RTOs and three representative industrial partners, educates T-shaped professionals for the raw materials recycling industry. They will have extensive knowledge of materials sciences specialized in recycling, and a good understanding of the related processes along the value chain, as well as the concepts and tools for achieving innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

The solution (technology)

The programme provides a strong link to key industries and RTOs that offer high-quality internship programmes of a great benefit for each student for tracking the perfect job. By extending the programme to the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the University of Miskolc, Hungary, the Master covers now a wide range of EU countries, including in Eastern and Southern Europe that are part of the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS).

Partners

For more information, please visit the project website.

Recycling

AMIS: Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2020

Objective

Educate T-shaped professionals for the full raw materials value chain with a deep expertise in sustainable functional materialsand a deep entrepreneurship mindset.

The solution (technology)

AMIS will tackle the theme substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimised performance. It will also cover material chain optimisation for end-of-life products, and product and services design for the circular economy — all of which are central themes of the EIT RawMaterials. The primary focus of the adaptation is on metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-base and polymer materials are covered in view of their substitution potential and other materials in the context of multi-material product recycling. In addition, the AMIS programme includes a solid package of courses and project work in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Partnership

  • Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology, INP), France (Lead Partner)
  • Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio (Aalto University), Finland
  • ArcelorMittal Maizières Research SA, France
  • Arkema, France
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw, IMEC (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre), Belgium
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Université de Liège, France

For more information, please visit the project website.

Substitution

AMIS-2: Advanced Materials for Innovation & Sustainability (AMIS)

Project duration: 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2024

Objective

AMIS is an EIT-labelled Master programme. Its objective is to educate students in materials science with a focus on substitution of critical & toxic materials and to give them a broad vision on the full raw materials value chain. Thanks to an innovative curriculum in line with the EIT RawMaterials strategy and including a solid I&E component, students will act as game changers to find innovative & sustainable solutions towards a circular economy.

The solution (technology)

AMIS is an international Master programme in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability. The primary objective of the programme is to educate students in materials science with a focus on substitution of critical and toxic materials and to give them a broad vision on the full raw materials value chain. AMIS involves five renowned university partners and three industrial partners and RTOs. Thanks to an innovative curriculum in line with the EIT Raw Materials strategy and including a solid I&E component, AMIS graduates will act as game changers to find innovative and sustainable solutions to achieve a circular economy helping European society to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Partnership

  • Aalto University, Finland
  • ArcelorMittal France, France
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology, INP (Lead Partner), France

For more information, please visit the project web page.

Exploration

ANCORELOG: Analytical Core Logging System

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2021

Objective

ANCORELOG, the analytical core logging system, aims to deliver precise real-time and online information deducted from chemical, physical and textural sample properties through a combination of innovative technologies. Precise measurements of chemical element concentrations on the sample surface will be weighted and interpolated to the full sample volume. Additionally physical and textural sample parameters will be considered for a classification of rock samples into geological, geotechnical and geometallurgical domains using algorithms designed to fulfil end-user needs.

During the stages of raw material exploration, mining, extraction, processing and recycling a huge amount of rock and soil samples have to be analyzed in terms of chemical, physical and mineralogical properties. These samples may occur in the form of hand specimen or soils in an early exploration stage, drill core (hard or soft rock) and cuttings (chips) during the different drilling campaigns, or dust during processing and recycling. A considerable amount of time and costs are associated with sample collection (drilling), sample preparation, sample transport and subsequent manual characterization and laboratory analysis. Gaining high-value information in a timely manner at each stage of a project is important in order to avoid time delay and additional costs.

The solution (technology)

Smart classification algorithms convert measured properties (“big data”) into geological, geotechnical and geometallurgical domains (“intelligent data”) on-site in real time supporting and speeding up decision making.

Partnership

  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Germany
  • Catura Geoprojects (Geosciences Conseil), France
  • ERAMET Research, France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Finland
  • J&C Bachmann GmbH, Germany
  • LTB Lasertechnik Berlin GmbH, Germany
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Minas de Aguas Teñidas SAU, Spain
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Université Paris Sud-Paris Saclay, France
Circular Economy

aRAWness: Enhancing European Society Awareness of Raw Materials

Project duration: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

Objective

The project provides a better base for decision makers such as local and regional political actors to raise the European society awareness of the circular economy and to provide a better transparency for European citizens in the raw materials field.

The solution (technology)

Regional workshops and one European workshop will be executed.

Partnership

  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH Aachen, Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research, Hungary
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia, GeoZS, Slovenia
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • TU Clausthal (Clausthal University of Technology), Germany
  • Université de Liège, Belgium

For more information, please visit the project web page.

Exploration

ARCHUB2: Arctic Network Hub

Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2019

Objective

The ArcHub project aims at establishing a network of excellence for sustainable mineral exploration and extraction in the Arctic. Such a Network would act as an Arctic Gateway and Forum to further strengthen synergy between research, education, governmental organizations and industry in the Arctic region/Europe promoting environmentally and socially sustainable extraction of resources.

The solution (technology)

ArcHub will go across all four EIT RawMaterials activities and touch on several of the six knowledge and innovation themes, starting with exploration and raw material resource assessment, mining in challenging environments and increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes, including technical centres and analytical and modelling infrastructure as well as potentially pilot plants. An independent across-border gateway and forum on exploration and exploitation across the Arctic and Europe have not been established before. The main goal is that the ArcHub project will improve and identify synergies and exchange of know-how and experience that in the very end will result in more exploration and exploitation activities in Europe and Arctic. The main impact will also be that the Arctic exploration and exploitation community will have a common, strong and unified forum. The target end-customers are SMEs concerned with mineral exploration, larger mining and exploration companies as well as politicians and governments. From numerous dialogues, meetings, workshops and conferences related to the Arctic, the identified primary needs are:

  • Better exploration and extraction methods that may or may not be unique to the Arctic. This requires research, innovation and implementation testing in pilot plants and will benefit from a close collaboration with an Exploration Lighthouse Programme and a High Tech Sustainable Mine Lighthouse Programme.
  • Better treatment methods for mine waste and tailings. The sensitive Arctic environment and also fragile societies need unique solutions. Again the ARCHUB would benefit from a close collaboration with a High Tech Sustainable Mine Lighthouse Programme.
  • Better understanding of societal issues specific to the Arctic region and a general strengthening of the licence to operate. Issues include exploitation of living resources, indigenous peoples right, permitting and legal issues, and environmental considerations.
  • Better knowledge of where the most promising mineral resources are located in order to either direct targeted mineral exploration or manage land use plans and infrastructure investment.

Key beneficiaries are many, but foremost include the people and communities in the Arctic, as they are enabled to build a responsible, sustainable industry and attract investment. The EU benefits as exploration and production of primary raw materials in Europe increases. The industry benefits by getting into dialogue with research and government to join forces towards innovation in mineral exploration (decreasing financial risk), mining and waste management (decreasing direct costs and environmental impact). Exploration and mining have an additional set of challenges when it comes to the Arctic – it is cold, it is too dark or too light, it is remote, there is permafrost, there is a lack of local skilled labour, there is extremely sensitive and vulnerable environment. All of these challenges are challenges for mineral and metallurgical processes as well. Methods developed for exploration, extraction, environmental mitigation and protection in the Arctic require innovative world-class technology, which will be easily transferable to other environments and help ensure best practices wherever we extract our primary resources. The ArcHub project will thus address several of the six knowledge and innovation themes, most importantly, exploration and raw material resource assessment, mining in challenging environments and increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes. This project will build up the community of Arctic exploration and mining in the EIT RawMaterials with strong leverage to other activities having the potential to bringing the EIT RawMaterials partners to the forefront of innovation in this field. The focus on the Arctic has the potential of increasing the number of critical raw material resources, SMEs, creation of new jobs, research innovation and investment in pilot plants or infrastructure. The ArcHub project will thus establish a network across the knowledge triangle by establishing a platform for business, research and higher education addressing the diversity of challenges in the Arctic with a great potential for significant innovation. A key success factor on a short-term is a better appreciation of stakeholders in government, academia and industry, resulting in common understanding and jointly targeted research in developing a responsible and sustainable Arctic minerals industry. Another important success criterion is regular submittal of research proposals and sustainable dissemination of results amongst the stakeholders. This is ensured by the regular workshops and controlled by presentation and education and training programs.In the longer term, an increase in exploration expenditures and exploration success rates is the expected outcome, and in the even longer term, an increase in primary raw materials production in the European Arctic, including Greenland will define the success of this project.

Partnership