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

178 Projects
Project Portfolio
Innovation Themes
Innovation Areas/Lighthouses

Recycling

CircularSerbia: Benefits from cooperations between EU recycling sector and Serbian industry

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2019

Objective

The project will support a regional system of innovation in Serbia and other Western Balkan countries. Building upon ongoing projects it will bring together business partners, education and research institutions in Serbia with European institutions.

The solution (technology)

The project includes a study visit, a feasibility study for a Circular Economy strategy and a networking event in Serbia. It addresses a clearly identified transformation need in the East and Southeast European (ESEE) region.

CircularSerbia will bring together key stakeholders for a circular economy from Serbia, other Western Balkan countries with their European counterparts in order to enable the exchange of information and good practices. It will also integrate experts from the business sector, research and higher education for a so-called regional system of innovation. A key element of the project will be a study tour for selected experts for which meetings in Europe will be organized.

Based on these experiences, the participants will analyze options for the implementation of a circular economy strategy in Serbia. The final step of the project will be a networking event in Belgrade that specifically aims to support the cooperation between Serbia and its neighbor countries.

Partnership

  • Wuppertal Institute, Germany (Lead partner)
  • Chamber of Commerce Serbia, Serbia
  • GIZ Serbia, Serbia
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • University Union-Nikola Tesla, Serbia
  • Western Balkans Consulting, Serbia
Sustainable Mining

Closurematic: Management Tool for Continuous Mine Closure

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 01 April 2021.

Objective

Conventional mine closure management plans (CMP) printed on paper are poorly suited for the current practice of continuous mine closure. The Closurematic project aims to improve mine closure through digitalization by creating a versatile tool that helps in planning and managing the closure process. Mine closure is important for the European mining industry because the social license to operate in a densely populated region requires environmental excellence from the operations. Mine closure and the post-closure period is key here due to its major importance for the environmental impacts of mining. In addition, the post-closure period provides a wealth of opportunities for sustainable benefits from mining, if the closure is planned and managed properly.

Mine closure is a long, continuous process that starts already in the planning phase of the mining project. It presents a major management challenge due to its complexity, uncertainties, and the multitude of internal and external stakeholders involved. It also involves considerable financial liabilities and sureties. In most cases, official closure plans also are required by the mining and environmental authorities.

The solution (technology)

Closurematic improves on the current practice of having a closure management plan on paper and stored in a folder with a digitalized system for making an ‘enhanced CMP’. It provides the user with templates for constructing CMPs for each phase of the mining operation, offers context-sensitive technical support should the user need that, provides templates for making official mine closure documents that can be tailored to each jurisdiction, includes features that help in communicating the closure process with external and internal stakeholders, and helps in tracking the costs of closure and the outstanding liabilities.

Partnership

  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Finland (Lead partner)
  • The French geological survey (BRGM), France
  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • Hannukainen Mining Oy, Finland
  • M-Solutions Oy, Finland

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

Substitution

COFREE: Developing cobalt-free substitutes for cemented carbide tools – for use in mining and manufacturing

Project duration: 22 March 2016 – 22 March 2019

Objective

Given concerns about the possible reclassification of cobalt as a carcinogen, this project aims to find a substitute to cobalt that is feasible to use in cemented carbide tools. Cemented carbide tools are widely used in mining and manufacturing industries. Accordingly, the objectives of this project are to:

  • Develop production and quality control processes to manufacture cobalt-free cemented carbide tools
  • Test the performance of these tools in customers’ mining operations and manufacturing processes

Our intent is that customer firms can straightforwardly substitute their existing tools – without the need for investments in new equipment or changes to their ongoing production and maintenance programmes.

The solution (technology)

Our solution comprises of:

  • An iron-nickel alloy design
  • Know-how about the electro-mechanical properties of this iron-nickel alloy, also when it is formed into complex tool shapes
  • Know-how about sintering, specifically with respect to cemented carbide tool manufacturing and quality control processes
  • Transformation of these areas of know-how into manufacturing and quality control procedures for the industrial production of cemented carbide tools
  • Know-how about tool performance requirements with respect to specific customers’ given production and maintenance operations in mining and manufacturing

Partnership

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (Lead Partner)
  • Epiroc Drilling Tools AB, Sweden
  • Epiroc Rock Drills AB, Sweden (Atlas Copco)
  • Freeport Cobalt Oy, Finland
  • Sandvik AB, Sweden
  • Sandvik Coromant AB, Sweden
  • Sandvik Machining Solutions AB, Sweden
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

CONSENSO: Continuous sensing for the on-line monitoring of metallurgical processes

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2021

Objective

The precise control of metallurgical processes is critical to producing metallic materials with the correct properties. Sensing is currently performed non-continuously: temperature is measured by using one-shot disposable thermocouples in melts, while chemical analysis is done by sampling a small amount of the melt and measuring its composition off-line in a chemical analysis lab. Variations of temperature and/or chemical composition between two measurements may lead to variation in product properties and quality. However, the metallurgical industries have significant challenges to continuously measure temperature and chemical compositions due to lack of accurate measurement technologies that can operate under extreme conditions of high temperature, dust, and corrosive environments.

Some techniques, based on the spectral analysis (temperature) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (chemical composition), have been demonstrated in various environments (lab and industrial sites) with excellent results and now require long-term industrial trials and validation before going to market, as well as a feasibility study to select commercialisation routes and partners.

The solution (technology)

The objective of the proposed upscaling project is, therefore, to validate the two on-line sensing technologies in selected industrial case studies together with an instrument provider, to evaluate their impacts mainly in terms of resource efficiency (energy and material savings) and competitiveness for the end-users, and to prepare for their commercialization. The targeted output of the project is a clear route towards commercialization of the techniques within 2 years after the end of the project.

Partnership

  • Swerea KIMAB AB, Sweden (Lead partner)
  • Agellis Group AB, Sweden
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • RISE Acreo AB, Sweden
  • Sandvik Materials Technology AB, Sweden
  • Zanardi Fonderie S.p.A, Italy
Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

COPPLEX: New Sustainable Process to Treat Complex Raw Materials, Revaluating Residues

Project status: Completed.

Objective

The objective of the COPPLEX project is upscaling a dust treatment process to demonstrate a solution process for flexible and economic treatment of complex copper ores through impurities management, treatment and revaluation.

The solution (technology)

The process produces an inert residue that contains removed arsenic, precipitated in a stable form, with no effect on wastewater quality, which is currently the main concern when the impurity content in concentrates.

Impact

  • Improvement of the flexibility of smelters to treat complex concentrates
  • Waste minimisation: weak acid recovery and production of a non-hazardous waste
  • Recovery of Cu by electrowinning directly from the purified leach liquor avoiding an intermediate solvent extraction step
  • This process will lead to a better use of European Raw Materials

Partnership

Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

CORTOOLS: Co-creation of corrosion monitoring and prediction tools

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021

Objective

Corrosion is the most important materials failure mechanism in the industry and annually responsible for the costs amounting approximately to 2 trillion €. In this project, corrosion on-line monitoring and prediction software tools are developed to respond to the needs of raw materials industry. The market potential of the tools lies in all industry sectors facing challenges with materials durability operating in harsh conditions.

The solution (technology)

The corrosion on-line monitoring and prediction software tools provide the raw materials sector with a footstep towards digitalization. Another large progress is the link to artificial intelligence (AI); here, it is used in the computational modelling, yet remote collection of on-line monitoring data allows for the hidden causalities in the project conditions (e.g., mineral quality in hydrometallurgy) and the detected corrosion rate to be disclosed with the aid of AI.

Partnership

  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT), Finland (Lead Partner)
  • Boliden Harjavalta Oy, Finland
  • Data Measuring Systems DMS d.o.o. Golnik, Slovenia
  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • HiMat Engineering AB, Sweden
  • Outokumpu Stainless AB, Sweden
  • Outotec (Finland) Oy, Finland
  • Zavod za gradbenistvo Slovenije, ZAG (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute), Slovenia
Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

Credit: Chemical recycling through electrodialysis treatment

Project duration: 15 October 2018  – 31 December 2021

Objective

The Credit project will develop a novel technology concept for water treatment and chemical recovery of highly concentrated low-value sulfate waste from a battery chemical plant. The project will provide an economically feasible bipolar membrane-based technology concept for acid and base production, which reduces environmental discharge. The demonstration and scale-up at the Sotkamo mine will provide the first reference to Suez for marketing the concept.

The solution (technology)

The project aims to scale-up bipolar electrodialysis (BPED) technology for recycling sodium sulfate in hydrometallurgical processes by converting it to sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid. Tightened regulations for the release of sodium sulfate to the environment, its low value with high processing costs and the savings in chemical costs are the key issues for recycling. The amount of sodium sulfate waste in mines and mineral processes will grow considerably in the future as the need of battery chemicals for energy storage and electric vehicles is continuously increasing.

BPED enables efficient recycling of process chemicals resulting in economic and environmental benefits including higher utilization of raw materials and less waste and discharge from hydrometallurgical processes in general. The concept is well in line with the advancement of the circular economy strategy giving new prospects for boosting European innovations and new business opportunities within the raw materials sector. There are potentially 250 mines in Europe that could utilize the process.

Successful up-scaling of the proposed technology would enable a more advanced treatment of sodium sulfate-containing waste streams compared to the existing conventional ones such as evaporation and crystallization.

Partnership

  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT), Finland (Lead Partner)
  • Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio (Aalto University), Finland
  • SUEZ Groupe SAS, France
  • SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions, Belgium
  • Suomen Malmijalostus Oy (formerly Terrafame Group Oy), Finland
Circular Economy

DIM ESEE: Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining school

Project duration: 1 April 2016 – 1 April 2021.

Objective

Educational activity is addressing the topics of the primary interest of the RM community: zero waste management and deep intelligent mining, both representing the strategic pillars of the EIT RawMaterials CLC East, followed by small mining sites and recycling being of high regional importance.

The solution (technology)

Educational activity is creating a new collaborative network between 7 HEI and a research institute form 8 ESEE countries, contributing to unique multidisciplinary education programme and overall synergic inter-institutional collaboration, building and de-siloing of the ESEE KIC community. The overall number of academic staff form collaborating institution exceeds 500. Educational activity has already identified 8 ESEE active mining regions of high economic importance and will attract minimum 100 industrial partners (mining and recycling companies; SME and large companies) within 4 years establishing communication, identifying a specific industrial needs, creating new partnerships and contributing to overall KIC community building. DIM ESEE partners come from two sides of the knowledge triangle: academia and research, however, critical tailoring of the DIM program will be done with industrial partners. Also, final users are industrial partners holding a third side of the knowledge triangle. The project is geographically focused on ESEE Region but also captures the aspect of internationalization because countries like Serbia and Ukraine are involved. DIM ESEE school will educate minimum 160 professionals, academicians and PhD students within 4 years, according to tailor-made topics: zero waste management; deep intelligent mining, small mining sites and recycling, potentially increasing a number of new demonstration and pilot plants/prototypes, start-ups or new (urban) mines operating in Europe. DIM ESEE school will also serve as an ideas centre/hub within the ESEE partner network increasing a number of successful matches in industrial symbiosis and potential new KIC projects, being a part of the ESEE Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS). Through communication with wider society (web-pages with information at 9 different languages) increase public awareness on environmental aspects of mining and circular economy as one of the main focus of RM community and increase public acceptance of overall mining activities.

Partnership

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