Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020


The FLAME project is perfectly aligned with the KIC Raw Materials vision of turning the raw materials dependence into a strategic strength for the European economy. The DPS technology can become key in increasing resource efficiency by enabling dry (ultra)fine mineral classification and extraction of valuable minerals from both primary and secondary resources. This will contribute to closing material loops by minimizing losses of unused materials along the value chain. At large, the project results may trigger alternative applications of the DPS technology to other resource streams and thus benefit the wider KIC community active in (machine manufacturing for) resource extraction.

The solution (technology)

The provision of large amounts of high-quality (ultra)fine minerals to the market is expected to engender the development of more performant, durable and sustainable materials and products in related markets such as high-value construction materials and composite materials. Within the project, intense knowledge exchange between mineral end-users, power central customers and machine builders will enable de-siloing of expertise, sharing of expertise and further build-up of competences of skilled R&D; and technical personnel. In addition, student internships and engagement of engineering master students (MSc theses) will be organized and eventually these training/education activities aim at providing a recruitment base for the commercialising partner.


  • Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV – (Flemish Institute for Technological Research NV VITO), Belgium (Lead Partner)
  • Atlas Copco Airpower N.V., Sweden
  • Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB, Sweden
  • Kauno Technologies Universitetas (KTU), Lithuania
  • Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, TTÜ – Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Value Ash technologies NV (VASHT NV), Belgium
  • Zavod za gradbenistvo Slovenije, ZAG (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering  Institute), Slovenia

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