September 2021 - Summer School "From Dredging to Deep-Sea Mining"
Striving for independence from the import of Critical Raw Materials, the EU has been making considerable investments towards reaching marine mineral resources. Recent EU projects such as Blue Mining, Blue Nodules, MIDAS, VAMOS, as well as numerous national and international programmes on exploration and exploitation of seabed minerals enabled making considerable progress towards the establishment of European deep-sea mining industry, which has a potential of creating a hundreds-billion market and thousands of new jobs. The current knowledge about deep-sea mining and particularly about the impact of mining activities on the marine environment is quite diversified and often contradictory. This is not conducive to the acceptance of seabed mining by society due to the absence of a clear and holistic picture of seabed mining and its possible environmental footprint. The DSM-School project is aiming to become a platform for the elaboration and dissemination of knowledge in deep-sea mining to increase awareness of wider society on marine mineral resources, state-of-the-art mining technologies, recent investigations on the environmental impact of seabed mining activities, as well as economic, political, social and legislative aspects. The project brings together leading universities, research organizations, and industry professionals to reach the wider society by using different communication tools such as a two-week summer school organized in Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, the Internet, and public events. The DSM-School project assumes to be turned into a long-term, self-sustainable and Europe-wide initiative for the dissemination of knowledge and boosting research and innovations.
European Forum Alpbach – Technology Symposium 2021
Montanuniversität Leoben as part of the TU Austria-Universities was responsable for on of the breakoutsession for European Forum Alpach. The topaic was „Plastics? Sustainable!“
Plastics are essential in our daily life, yet their image is very negative. In fact, the majority of plastics are used in valuable products e.g. in medicine, mobility, infrastructure or energy transmission and thus contribute to many SDGs. This BOS deals with various aspects of plastic, including their environmental relevance and usage behaviour. How plastics fit into the Circular Economy Approach will be discussed and ideas on the sustainability increase of plastic products will be presented.
At this year’s online Green Tech Jam, the solution of the challenge „Circular Economy meets Distributed Ledger – a transparent PET bottle product cycle“ set by the Montanuniversität Leoben (involved institutes: Resources Innovation Center & Industrial Logistics), which was developed by an interdisciplinary team of students, won the first place. The team „sixpack“ was supervised by the Chair of Industrial Logistics during the 24-hour challenge and consisted of three Slovenian students from Graz University of Technology as well as three Montan students. They were able to prevail against 7 other teams, each of which worked on one of 6 different challenges provided by the companies t-matix, BDI, Komptech and AI.engineer as well as the Climate and Energy Fund, and us.
In the Android app developed by the team “sixpack”, QR codes attached to bottles can be scanned and information about the bottles retrieved from the distributed data storage. The path of the bottle – from PET production to the supermarket – is displayed graphically on a map and unconventional energy comparisons with more or less everyday activities (e.g. the duration of headbanging during a concert) are carried out and visualised.
At the interdisciplinary Hackathon under the slogan “Code & Concept for a greener future” organised by the Green Tech Cluster Austria together with the Climate Change Center Austria (CCCA) and Graz University of Technology,8 teams of students from different disciplines and different european universities had around 24 hours to work on a problem relating to the topics of climate and the environment and to present a digital solution for it. In total 36 international students participated at this event. The MUL challenge also competed as part of one of two Climathon challenges at the Green Tech Jam. Climathon is a global climate hackathon under the umbrella of EIT Climate-KIC.
Hanno Bertignoll nimmt seit April 2018 im RIC Leoben die Rolle des Project Managers wahr. In sein Tätigkeitsfeld fallen unter anderem Projektkoordination, -beantragungen und -entwicklungen im Rahmen des EIT RM wie auch anderen Förderschienen, in denen rohstoffrelevante Themen eingebracht werden können. Er ist die Schnittstelle zwischen dem RIC Leoben, den Lehrstühlen und dem EIT RM und betreibt Networking, um relevante Partner zueinander finden zu lassen. Ergänzend dazu bringt er sich in ausgewählten Projekten fachlich als Experte/Mitarbeiter ein. Zusätzlich ist er mit der Organisation von Projekttreffen, Workshops und anderen Netzwerk-Veranstaltungen betraut. Hanno hat auf der Montanuniversität Leoben Bergbau studiert und hat anschließend langjährige Erfahrung in einem Bergbauzuliefer-Unternehmen in Zeltweg in verschiedenen Rollen des Business Development, Vertriebs und Marketings gesammelt. Daraufhin folgte eine zweijährige Tätigkeit als Marketing-Manager bei einem Recycling-Maschinen-Hersteller.
Mineral Policy Guide
The MIN-GUIDE project, financed by Horizon 2020, started in February 2016. It aims to support the safe and sustainable supply of mineral resources in Europe by developing a new online source that presents guidelines and “good practice” examples for mineral policymakers. The main objectives of the project are: (1) the preparation of guidelines for the EU and EU Member States’ raw materials policy, (2) the facilitation of political decision-making through the presentation and possible transferability of the good practice examples, and (3) a network for innovation-friendly policy frameworks for raw materials. MIN-GUIDE will analyze the relevant policy in Europe and identify innovative “good practice” examples. These findings form the basis for the most important result of the project, an online “Minerals Policy Guide”.
01/2018 – 12/2020 H2020 – Research and Innovation
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Vienna University of Economics and Business, University Of Westminster, Luleå University of Technology, National Technical University of Athens, Instituto Geologico Y Minero De Espana, University Of Aveiro, Gopa-Cartermill, University of Zagreb;