EU Training Network for Resource Recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining
Europe has somewhere between 150,000 and 500,000 landfill sites, with an estimated 90% of them being “non-sanitary” landfills, predating the EU Landfill Directive of 1999. These older landfills tend to be filled with municipal solid waste and often lack any environmental protection technology. In order to avoid future environmental and health problems, many of these landfills will soon require expensive remediation measures. This situation might appear bleak, but it does present us with an exciting opportunity for a combined resource-recovery and remediation strategy, which will drastically reduce future remediation costs, reclaim valuable land, while at the same time unlocking billions of tonnes of valuable resources contained within these landfills. However, the widespread adoption of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) in the EU, as envisaged by NEW-MINE, urgently requires skilled scientists, engineers, economists and policy makers who can develop cost-effective, environmentally friendly ELFM practices and regulatory frameworks. All this demands a European commitment to concerted, inter- and transdisciplinary research and innovation. The NEW-MINE project trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in all the aspects of landfill mining, in terms of both technological innovation and multi-criteria assessments for ELFM.
09/2016 – 08/2020 H2020 – Innovative Training Networks
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), katholieke universiteit leuven, rheinisch-westfaelische technische hochschule aachen, universiteit gent, universita degli studi di padova, eidgenoessische technische hochschule zuerich, linkopings universitet, kungliga tekniska hoegskolan, renewi valorisation & quarry, italcementi fabbriche riunite cemento spa;
Department Mineral Resources Engineering Total: € 3.836.165
Optimising the Tantalum Recycling Process through Conditioning of Raw Materials, Process Automation and Material Logistics
The project goals of OpTaRec are resource efficiency, improved cost efficiency and product quality in the processing of secondary raw materials. Specifically, a testing process for the tantalum used to recovery. The gained know-how is then consequently published in scientific publications, also a guide is prepared and made available for third parties to implement.
01/2017 – 03/2020 EIT RawMaterials – Upscaling
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Clausthal University of Technology, H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium, RWTH Aachen;
Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy – Stefan Luidold Total: € 2.857.391 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 340.769
Open ESEE – East & South-East Europe
The aim of OpESEE (Open ESEE – East & South-East Europe) master’s degree program is to create highly qualified mechanical and process engineers from the ESEE region with a specialization in maintenance for raw materials services for the ESEE region. To avoid brain-drain and to improve the economic development of their home region it is very important that students stay and work in their home countries after having completed their high-quality education. The training focus not only on the transfer of technical know-how but also in the knowledge transfer of entrepreneurship and innovation. By developing real innovative business models students shall be encouraged to found their own start-up business. The aim is to use the full potential of creative ideas and inventions from the ESEE region and to make innovations happen where they have their origin.
04/2018 – 03/2022 EIT RawMaterials – Master Education
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Aluinvent Limited Company, Dnipro University of Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Ovidius University of Constanta, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Trinity College Dublin, University of Miskolc, University of Sarajevo;
PM Life is a training on Powder Metallurgy organised by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) and some of its affiliates. During five weeks, trainees will learn about powder metallurgy and its sectors (powder production, press & sinter, metal injection moulding, hot isostatic pressing, additive manufacturing). Each week will take place in a different European country (Sweden, France, Spain, UK, Germany) and will consist in basic and advanced courses on specialised PM topics and horizontal topics including materials science and engineering and entrepreneurship, case studies in factories or universities and a plant visit. Following the training weeks, a three-week internship will be proposed to the participants either in a factory or in a university, to practice what they have learned during the course in an actual working environment. At the end of the training, an EPMA certificate will be granted after evaluation by an exam. Expected participants hold at least a Master’s degree and have some knowledge on materials science. They may already work in the PM field or wish to enter this field.
01/2018 – 30/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Learning
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Chalmers University of Technology, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, ERAMET Research, European Powder Metallurgy Association, Fraunhofer-Institut, Höganäs, Hub Innovazione Trentino, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Sandvik, Universidad Carlos III of Madrid;
Industrial Liaison Department – Christian Kukla Total: € 930.705 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 6.500
Raw Materials Students Internships
RAISE gives access to secondary school students at internships within research laboratories/companies operating in the Raw Materials sector. RAISE tackles a carrier guidance demand originated within the schools, making youngsters aware of the career opportunities in the field, offering them tools allowing an informed university studies engagement into Raw Materials related disciplines. Motivated pupils access two/three week internships focused on exploration, circular economy, substitution of critical raw materials and recycling. This project is offering pupils a first but immersive direct contact with the raw materials sector, giving them a flavor of its real world in order to facilitate their informed and committed engagement into studies of raw materials related disciplines.
07/2019 – 12/2022 EIT RawMaterials – Education
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Bay Zoltan Nonprofit, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ECODOM, Fraunhofer-Institut, Royal Institute of Technology, Relight Associate Partner, University of Bologna, Technical University of Madrid, University of Milano- Bicocca;
Raw Materials Students Internships in East South-East Europe
RAISESEE “Raw Materials Students Internships in East South-East Europe” project is the extension of RAISE project with special focus on countries in East and South-East Europe. The goal is to develop hands-on internships in working environments for secondary schools students. The mix of basic training in lab/industry safety rules, Raw Material related themes and of hands-on stages in “real world” research institutes, universities and industries will help students toward an informed choice of their university studies, allowing pupils to match their expectations and talents with the opportunities offered by the stakeholders in different Raw Materials sectors. A specific task of RAISESEE will also be the inclusion of several partners from ESEE area as active actors in training activities.
07/2018 – 03/2022 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), ASTER S. Cons. P.A., Association of Technology Engineers of Republic of Srpska, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, HYdrogen for Development of Environmental Projects, National Institute of Materials Physics Bucharest, Politecnico di Milano, Tallinn University of Technology, University of Banja Luka, University of Oulu;
The RESEERVE project will extend the geographical reach of EIT RawMaterials to the ESEE region, help disseminate the knowledge and know-how of the EIT Community, facilitate developing new markets for new technologies, create opportunities for start-ups and SMEs and contribute to new job opportunities. The main outcome of the project will be a register of available primary and secondary mineral resources data of the West Balkan region. The RESEERVE project targets the following 6 countries of the West Balkan, which are of particular strategic interest for the European raw materials sector: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The West Balkan region is considered to be one of the future potential mineral supply areas of Europe, but access to relevant data for investors is still limited in the region.
04/2018 – 06/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), Croatian Geological Survey (HGI-CGS) – Hrvatski geološki institute, DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Geological Survey of Albania, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Geological Survey of Montenegro (GSM), Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS), Geological Survey of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Geological Survey of the Republic of Srpska, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining & Geology (UNIBG-RGF), University of Zagreb
Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy – Jürgen Antrekowitsch Total: € 1.836.340 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 90.250
Revitalising Post-Mining Regions: Problems and Potential in RIS Europe
Mining by its very nature disturbs the land and has a significant influence on what the post-mining landscape and land use becomes. Traditional reclamation practices have been, in the case of formally rehabilitated sites, to return the land to as much of an original condition as possible. In cases of abandoned or mine sites that received minimal or no formal rehabilitation efforts, this becomes more problematic. The locally affected community has the closest attachment to these landscapes and it is their best interest to be part of the decision-making process; one that considers the social, economic and biophysical implications of any closure and rehabilitation plan. For example, the local community may want to retain some of the man-made aspects of the mine site (e.g. pits or waste dumps) for their aesthetic or recreational value and to promote tourism as secondary land use. The key is the active participation and the extension of the Social Licence to Operate through mine closure and site rehabilitation and for them to play an active role in the ultimate post-mining landscape and land use.
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), AGH University of Science and Technology, AMPHOS21 Consulting SL, ECHMES Ltd., KGHM, National Technical University of Athens, Tallinn University of Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Prospects of REE recovery from bauxite and bauxite residue in the ESEE region
Rare earth elements (REE) are import critical raw material in a large number of modern industrial applications but almost exclusively extracted outside of Europe, thus leaving the continent completely dependent on imports. Europe-based REE production shall cover a significant amount of the domestic need and reduce business hazard due to a volatile world market. Bauxite and bauxite residue have been for a long time considered a viable resource of REE. With a large number of bauxite deposits in the ESEE region and a long tradition of aluminum processing industry, which has left also a significant amount of bauxite residue behind, there is a respectable perspective for development of a new REE resource for Europe once geological, mining and technological aspect are well elaborated. The project focuses on extensive data collection on bauxite deposits and bauxite residue accuMontanuniversität Leobenations in the ESEE region and their REE abundances in light of future prospects for REE production to improve European REE supply. Also targeting an increase of innovation capacity in regional bauxite resources management for future developments in REE production, the project consortium will involve students in the execution of the project tasks, and offer several educational events for students and professionals from the R&D and industrial sector.
01/2018 – 03/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Croatian Geological Survey, DMT, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Geological Survey of Montenegro, University of Miskolc, University of Zagreb, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute;
Global Stakeholder Platform for Responsible Sourcing
The proposed project will set up an international platform on responsible sourcing (RS) that: 1. facilitates the development of a globally accepted definition of RS, 2. develops ideas for incentives facilitating responsible business conduct in the EU, supporting RS initiatives, 3. enables exchange of stakeholders for information exchange and promotion, 4. fosters the emergence of RS in international political fora, and 5. supports the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. To achieve the above mentioned objectives, the platform will connect experts and stakeholders by means of a physical element (“Platform Spaces”) and digital element (“Digital Ground”): The Platform Spaces will allow practitioners (i) to gain a hands-on and peer-to-peer learning experience in workshops and site visits to exchange and learn from enabling factors, instruments and tools facilitating RS initiatives and business conduct for practitioners, and (ii) to engage with stakeholders at international conferences to further the concept of RS on the global political agenda.
11/2019 – 10/2023 H2020 – Coordination and support action
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Oeko-institut E.v. – Institut fuer Angewandte Oekologie, World Resources Forum Association, Tallinna Tehnikaulikool, MH Intelligence (Uk) Ltd, Stichting Onderzoek Multinationaleondernemingen, Rcs Global Upstream Ltd, WWF Deutschland, EIT Raw Materials Gmbh, Lulea Tekniska Universitet, Ahk Business Center Sa;
RM@School 3.0 is a Wider Society Learning project, focused on an innovative programme to make science education and careers in the Raw Materials sector attractive for students aged between 10-19. An active learning is proposed to schools by Raw Materials Ambassadors (experts in some Raw Materials-related issues and trained teachers) by involving students in experiments with Raw Materials-related hands-on educational kits, in excursions in industries, and in science dissemination activities.
The students will be required and challenged to become Young Raw Materials Ambassadors themselves (science communicators) and create dissemination products (i.e. videos, cards, experiments, etc.) focused on issues related to Raw Materials: 1. Exploration, 2. Mining, 3. Metallurgy, 4. Recycling, 5. Substitution of critical raw materials and 6. Circular Economy. An annual competition is organised by and hosted at Montanuniversität Leoben. Here schools from all over Austria may take part to present their projects, and their roles as young RM Ambassadors. The school(s) with the best communication product will receive the opportunity to represent Austria at the annual European Conference in Bologna, Italy, together with delegates (students and teachers) from schools all over Europe.
All products realised by the pupils will be accessible online and available to be shared with a wider public.
01/2018 – 03/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Wider Society Learning
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), University of Bologna, Bay Zoltan Nonprofit, Clausthal University of Technology, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ECODOM, Fraunhofer-Institut, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Geological Survey of Sweden, Royal Institute of Technology, Politecnico di Milano, RWTH Aachen, Stichting Wetsus, Tallinn University of Technology, Technical University of Madrid, New University of Lisbon, University of Milano- Bicocca, University of Milano- Bicocca;
RM@Schools-ESEE is a Wider Society Learning (WSL) project, focussed on an innovative programme to make science education and careers in RM attractive for young students, especially in the ESEE region. It is in line with the RM@Schools 3.0 that is the flasgship programme in the WSL for the EIT Raw Materials and will share tools and activities with the latter. An active learning approach will be proposed to schools by RM Ambassadors (experts in some RM-related issues and trained teachers) by involving students in experiments with RM-related hands-on educational kits, in excursions to industries, and in science dissemination activities. The students will be asked to become Young RM Ambassadors themselves (science communicators) by creating dissemination products and/or collaborating with ewxperts during public events. All the produced materials and the best communication materials realised by students will be accessible online to be shared with a wider public. New hands-on tools for supporting experimental activities at school will be set up and developed as well as successful educational tools realised in other projects will be used in the RM@Schools-ESEE network to share the common benefits. Finally, some career orienting actions will be performed both at European and local level. In fact, International RM@Schools Summer Camps for the most motivated and interested students from all the partners’countries will be organised as well as local Career Orientation Days where RM@Schools students will interact directly with universities and companies to obtain information on job opportunities in the different sectors.
01/2020 – 12/2022 EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), AGH University of Science and Technology, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Foundation myclimate, Geological Survey of Sweden, National Technical University of Athens, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Wien, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Miskolc, University of Zagreb
Regional innovation scheme for zero waste extraction of critical raw materials
South East Europe, including Macedonia, is rich in deposits of secondary raw materials in the form of mining tailings of polymetallic ores and heaps from the metallurgical industry and represent a relatively undiscovered potential for the European raw materials market sector. The innovative approach of the RIS-RECOVER project is based on the zero waste paradigm, which means that once valuable raw materials like CRM and metals are extracted, the residues can be recycled for the construction sector. This will lead to development of an encouraging environment for boosting entrepreneurship in the region. The output of the project will be a regional innovation scheme based on validated and fact-based data including a study of the potential economic, technological, organisational (legislative), environmental and social impacts of applying zero waste extraction of valuable materials in Macedonia.
01/2018 – 03/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Civil Engineering Institute Macedonia, Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS), Goce Delcev University Štip, Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV (VITO), Zavod za gradbenistvo Slovenije (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute)
Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy – Jürgen Antrekowitsch Total: € 495.313 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 83.125
Advanced Rock Engineering Education for Deep Mines
The continuing education programme “Advanced Rock Engineering for Deep Mines” addresses the shortage of rock engineering personnel in the European mining industry. The emphasis of the education programme is on the application of rock engineering principles in the mining industry in order to make deep mining operations safer and more efficient. It provides the participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to address and solve practical rock engineering problems. This education programme is directed at mines, governmental organizations responsible for supervision of mining activities, consulting companies in the field of mining, having to deal with rock pressure problems, and personnel employed in the mining industry. The programme comprises eight compulsory and four elective modules, out of which the participants have to select three and is to be completed with a project paper.
01/2018 – 03/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Learning
Montanuniversität Leoben (Lead), Clausthal University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Pretoria, GEODATA, KGHM, Wolfram Bergbau und Hütten AG, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik Wien;
Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics – Nikolaus Sifferlinger Total: € 374.575 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 119.465
PhD-Programme Health and Safety in Mining
Four leading European mining universities are working closely together with industrial partners in order to develop a PhD-Program with a focus on increasing mine safety, using the most up to date research data and basing their studies on industry-driven, real scenarios and projects. The project aims to develop a holistic, timely and resilient PhD-Program in Health and Safety in Mining and to train a cadre of qualified professionals who can lead the future of health and safety work in the European mining industry based on a modern view of how an attractive and safe mine should be designed and organised. To achieve this objective SafeMine provides a program for qualified leaders of tomorrow’s safety and health work in mining. In the first stage, covered by this application, we intend to develop and implement a curriculum and management respective administration structure and to finally kick-off the proposed PhD-Program in Health and Safety in Mining.
01/2018 – 03/2020 EIT RawMaterials – PhD Education
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt, Boliden Mineral, Clausthal University of Technology, Dräger Safety, Luleå University of Technology, RWTH Aachen, Veitsch-Radex;
Chair of Subsurface Engineering – Philipp Hartlieb Total: € 278.915 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 71.01
Selective Low Impact Mining Solution
The general objective of the SLIM project is to develop a cost-effective and sustainable selective low-impact mining solution. This solution will be based on non-linear rock mass fragmentation by blasting models, airborne particulate matter, vibration affections and nitrate leaching mitigation actions for exploitation of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases). This will positively affect the relevant mining value chain through a new generation of explosives and an advanced automatic blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models for optimum fragmentation and minimum rock damage and far-field vibrations. The development of SLIM will consequently bring an economic cost-effective exploitation of European mineral resources, with a reduced environmental impact and social acceptance. The feasibility technical, environmental and economic aspects of the entire approaches will be integrated to offer a real business solution. The final goal will be to ensure the economic viability of the entire SLIM process.
11/2016 – 10/2020 H2020 – Research and Innovation
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 3GSM, Benito Arno E Hijos Sa, Bureau De Recherches Geologiques Et Minieres, VA Erzberg, Investornet-Gate2growth, Luleå University of Technology, Maxamcorp International, Minpol, Minera De Orgiva Sl, Technische Universität Graz, Zabala Innovation Consulting;
Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics – Nikolaus Sifferlinger, Alexander Tscharf, Finn Ochterlony Chair of Applied Geophysics – Florian Bleibinhaus Total: € 6.979.200 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 869.778
Sustainable recovery, recycling and reuse of rare earth magnets in a circular economy
Permanent magnets based on rare earths such as neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB, also with dysprosium) are used in a variety of high-tech industries such as automotive, aerospace, e-mobility, wind power and consumer goods. However, in recent years, the supply of these materials has come under considerable pressure, and neodymium and dysprosium are now considered to be critical materials with a high supply risk. In addition, Europe imports far more NdFeB magnets than it produces (> 1,000 tons per year), putting its industry in a weak position The aim of SUSMAGPRO is to identify, separate, process and reuse NdFeB magnets on a pilot scale across Europe. In this way, a circular business model in the sense of the circular economy is developed. Instead of dumping the critical resources or exporting NdFeB-containing waste to other parts of the world, SUSMAGPRO will use the latest technologies to extract the elements from the magnetic scrap and turn the metals back into new products for the European over a shortened cycle Integrate the market. The focus is on applications in automotive rotors, water pumps, loudspeakers and wind turbines.
06/2019 – 05/2023 H2020 – Research and Innovation
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), 19 project partners and one associate partner from nine European countries;
Department Mineral Resources Engineering
TrainESEE v.2 is a capacity building project focused at six Universities of East and South Eastern Europe. Targeted universities lack modern teaching methodology, and areas of training that need to be further developed include project development and management, innovative and entrepreneurial skills and science to business competences. These are some of the main reasons for lower performing in science and teaching and lower ranking of the Universities at the World University Rankings. Final consequences are that graduates from those Universities have lower innovation and entrepreneurial skills, and have weaker impact and starting positions in the industry compared to the European average. The 2-year project is focused on the academic staff of these universities. Four training modules will be developed: Teaching methodology; Project preparation and management; Innovation and entrepreneurial and Science to Business. Each participating RIS university will collaborate in preparation of the acceleration programmes. These programmes are planned to last continuously for minimum of 3 years after the implementation, increasing the percentage of the trained academic staff to >50% at each of the “Training” universities.
01/2020 – 12/2021 EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Aalto University, AGH University of Science and Technology, Dnipro University of Technology, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, KGHM. National Technical University of Athens, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Wien, University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski, University of Miskolc, University of Zagreb
Underground Robotic System for Monitoring, Evaluation and Detection Applications
The UNDROMEDA project aims to develop a robotic underground measurement system for autonomous 3D mapping and monitoring. The system is based on a mobile wheel-driven platform which additionally carries a flying drone to approach particularly unknown, difficult to access or hazardous areas in underground mines and further underground environments, like tunnels or sewer systems. For this it is absolutely necessary to integrate advanced positioning, navigation and mapping sensors such as laser scanning, radar, inertial technology as well as innovative algorithms such as laser SLAM, IPS optical navigation and virtual reality control.
01/2018 – 09/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Upscaling
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Boliden Mineral, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, German Aerospace Center, DMT, Hovering Solutions, Indurad, Inkonova, LTU Business, Luleå University of Technology, LKAB, RWTH Aachen, Research Institutes of Sweden, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg;
Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics – Alexander Tscharf Total: € 2.676.449 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 155.848