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

334 Projects
Project Portfolio
Innovation Themes
Innovation Areas/Lighthouses

Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

AMCO: Automated Microscopic Characterization of Ores

Project duration: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018

Objective

The production and marketing of an innovative, low-cost and user-friendly, automated system for the microscopic characterization of ores, to improve the geometallurgical performance and to reduce the environmental impact bound to the benefit of mineral raw materials.

The solution (technology)

The AMCO system will upgrade previous developments (CAMEVA System, TRL: 5+) based on reflected light microscopy, to acquire and process multispectral reflectance images in the visible and near infrared range on polished sections of ores, for automated mineral identification and quantification. It provides automated ore identification, quantitative information on ore mineralogy and grain size, and textural analyses of intergrowths. A compact and user-friendly software, the training of industry staff, and the test of the new system and its applications by mining partners will ensure a final TRL 7-8. Its performance being comparable to that of the SEM-/XRD-based systems, it has several important advantages over them, such as much lower price, less demanding infrastructure, and more user-friendly and intuitive setup; moreover it can perform tasks that are not easy with SEM-based systems, e.g. the reliable automated identification of Fe-oxide mineral species (safely achieved by methods based on optical properties, as the reflectance spectra, but not on Fe-content alone), very important for a sector that accounts for ≈40 % of the world mining economy.

Partnership

AMICOS: Autonomous Monitoring and Control System for Mining Plants

Project duration: 1 September 2019 – 31 December 22

Objective

The Raw Material (RM) industrial sector depends from costly and unsafe operations. AMICOS supports the digital transformation of the RM industry by proposing an innovative E2E asset management solution to increase the market penetration/adoption of digital technology in mines. It provides a great opportunity to gain market share by exploiting emerging technologies to reduce the costs for key operations to allow a safer working environment.

The solution (technology)

The Raw Material (RM) industrial sector is dependent on extensive systems of infrastructures for efficient operation such as plants, buildings, gas and water pipes, sewages and potentially transportation infrastructure. Such systems are not often renewed due to high maintenance and monitoring costs because of the high risks associated to the (mostly manual) inspection, and because of the needs to stop the production for safety reasons. Moreover, the retrofitting of the infrastructure may be not economically convenient. To be competitive within the mining sector, operational costs and effectiveness are of utmost importance and have a linear impact on the performance and margins.

The RM industrial sector is increasingly implementing innovative techniques to improve productivity from existing assets and infrastructure leveraging on continuous innovations in sensor technology, machine connectivity, robotics and Artificial Intelligence. However, this digitalization process suffers from disconnection between digital transformation potential and successful implementation of new technologies [1]. With fixed labor prices on the mining side and diminishing returns from labor arbitrage on the metals side, organizations are looking for opportunities to lower their costs and improve their uptime through automation and robotics [2]. The RM industries (similarly to other sectors) are always chasing the equilibrium between two competitive goals: 1) maximize their efficiency; and 2) minimize their costs to increase profit. Thus, on the one side the focus is on finding ways to enable and collect data through greater connectivity and leveraging on new sensor devices, on the other side the focus is on how to harness the collected data to maximize efficiency and minimize costs.

In this project we envisage the design of an innovative end-to-end solution composed by three main concepts: i) innovative physical devices deployed and used in the field, which are able to collect sensitive information regarding the typical (costly) operations in mines, ii) a set of SW tools able to integrate heterogeneous source of data and iii) a list of smart services able to provide extended benefits to the mining ecosystem considering real use cases and needs presented from end-users (mines entities in the consortium).

Concept_1 – AMICOS will deploy innovative low-power IoT devices with the aim to detect and prevent possible risks to structures and infrastructures by monitoring their operations and status in real time. These solutions are essential for ensuring that assets’ operations are maximally optimal, safe and cost competitive. Moreover, the implementation of autonomous UAVs and UGVs smart objects will facilitate the use of innovative mapping and inspection techniques based on the collected of new data. Such devices will allow the monitoring and analyses of critical operations, avoiding manual inspection, and the acquisition of additional and targeted sensing information. The IoT, UAVs and UGVs devices are orchestrated by the central platform, which uses off-the-shelf Industrial Internet of Things concepts to securely funnel the sensed data to the specific applications and to facilitate the configuration, the collection, the storage and the processing of the data for the different business needs.

Concept_2 – The AMICOS platform has an enormous potential to transform the traditional manual approach to a more cost-effective, data-driven, autonomous and intelligent process that will result in a significant reduction of the operational costs, in an increase of the effectiveness with a positive impact on the performance and margins. The relevant parts of the AMICOS platform architecture are: i) Integration layer: interface between the platform and the connected devices, including data provided by external sources, ii) Controller; it will report to the internal modules that new data from the external devices is available for processing, iii) Fusion Module; it will merge the information and store it in the database, iv) Data lake, v) GIS Module, vi) Decision Support System (DSS); and vii) Big Data; analytic tools. In order to validate the agnosticism of this platform, it will be validated in relevant realistic environments considering different scenarios and business requirements.

Concept_3 – Finally, a list of dashboards and industrial applications will be implemented in order to validate the proposed use cases. In this concept, the main innovations are related to Digital Signal Processing techniques to analyses sensing data, Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodologies for the generation, management and 3D visualization of digital information of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility. Moreover, it provides advanced and configurable analysis techniques to support decision making leveraging on combination of Model Based Reasoning and Artificial Intelligence to harness the collected data to the different business cases (e.g. from the simple alerting to predictive maintenance).

Partnership

  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Lead Partner), Italy
  • ArcelorMittal Innovación, Investigación e Inversión, S.L., Spain
  • Atlantic Copper S.L.U., Spain
  • EIT Raw Materials GmbH, Germany
  • KGHM Polska Miedz Spólka Akcyjna, Poland
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST), Poland
  • SpacEarth Technology, Italy
  • UAV Autosystems Hovering Solutions España, S.L., Spain
  • Worldsensing SL, Spain

AMIR: Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling

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

  • Université de Bordeaux, France (Lead Partner)
  • Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  • ArcelorMittal Maizières Research SA, France
  • Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques asbl (CRM Group)
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France
  • EIT Raw Materials GmbH, Germany
  • 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

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

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:

Université de Bordeaux, France (Lead Partner)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas M.P., CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Spain
ArcelorMittal Maizières Research SA, Spain
Arkema France, France
Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques asbl (CRM Group), Belgium
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
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Tecnalia Ventures, S.L., Sociedad Unipersonal, Spain
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Technical University of Madrid), Spain
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon) – Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA), Portugal
Université de Liège, Belgium
University of Miskolc, Hungary
Veolia Recherche et Innovation (VERI), France

AMIS: Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability

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
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

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