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IlluMINEation

Embedding digital thinking into the heart of the mining business

To foster more, but sustainable mineral production in the EU, SUMEX establishes a sustainability framework for the extractive industry in Europe. It does so by considering the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Green Deal, as well as EU Social License to Operate considerations and involves stakeholders from industry, government, academia and civil society backgrounds from all across the EU. This framework is then applied across the extractive value chain to analyse the mineral, as well as relevant economic, environmental and social policy frameworks of the EU, member states and selected regions along five focus areas – socio-economic and environmental impact assessments, land use planning, health and safety, reporting official statistics and permitting processes/policy integration-to find, or build, where needed, good practices or tools for an open access toolkit, which will be embedded in a broader Community of Practise (CoP) and which forms the basis for capacity building. This CoP will consider relevant stakeholder groups, with a focus on permitting authorities, across the EU, providing a digital platform and using a series of workshops and webinars. In SUMEX, the experience from other projects builds a powerful foundation for addressing the challenge of how best to implement sustainability considerations into the whole raw materials value chain.

Duration: 09/2020 – 08/2023

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Department Mineral Resources Engineering, Lead), Boliden Mineral AB, Joanneum Research, AMS AG, DMT GmbH&Co KG , EPIROC Rock Drills AB, KGHM Cuprum, GEOTEKO SERWIS SPOLKA, KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA, RHI Magnesita GmbH, DSI Underground Austria GmbH, FUNDACION TECNALIA Research & Inovation, IMA Engineering Ltd OY, INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ POLSKIE, Minera de Orgiva SL, Retenua AB, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, WORLDSENSING SL

WEE-REC

Upscaling of key technology for a recycling facility for 30,000 t/a WEEE-concentrate

Upscaling of key technology for a recycling facility for 30,000 t/a WEEE-concentrate. The project focus is on upscaling an innovative technology for metallurgical treatment of up to 100% Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) concentrate. The key-technology is a novel smelting furnace in combination with an optimized separation and refining process which allows the treatment of up to 100% low-grade WEEE-concentrate, offering the possibility of concentrating and recovering base, precious and special metals (gold, silver, platinum group elements, copper and nickel).

Duration: 02/2016 – 09/2018

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy, Lead), METTOP GmbH, PolyMet Solutions GmbH, SMS Group GmbH, TH Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, Urban Gold GmbH

RM@Schools 4

RM@Schools-ESEE focusses 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 RM@Schools 3.0, the flasgship programme for 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.
Groups of delegates (partners, teachers and students from high schools) from all the Consortium’ countries will take part at the annual European Conference jointly organised with RM@Schools 3.0 project, to puzzle a unique great European Networks of schools, universities, research centres and collaborative companies.
New hands-on tools for supporting experimental activities at school will be set up and developed as well as succesful educational tools realised in other projects will be used in the RM@Schools-ESEE network to share the common beneficts. 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.

Duration: 01/2021 – 03/2024

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), AGH University of Science and Technology, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Foundation myclimate, Geological Survey of Sweden – SGU, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Wien, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), University of Miskolc, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF)

ECLC ProSchool

The project “CLC-EAST Professional School” provides an interlinked course program, which teaches the state of the art with a didactic concept tailored for the local industrial environment.

  • Teaches for the local industrial environment
  • Couples e-learning with an intense face-to-face teaching program
  • Developed to meet and follow the needs and requirements in the CLC East region
  • Maintaining and increasing the professional level of the local skilled worker
  • Will help career changers to enter raw materials industry easier
  • Teaching of entrepreneurial skills, is the first step to start an own business

Duration: 01/2016 – 12/2019

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), AGH University of Science and Technology, Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – PORT Polski Ośrodek Rozwoju Technologii, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF)

DimESEE 2

Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School – Implementing Innovations

The project is a continuation of the successful DIM ESEE, focused primarily on RM professionals, developing four innovative workshops:

  • Innovation in exploration (2021),
  • Innovation in process-oriented orebody characterization (2022),
  • Innovation in extraction (2023),
  • Innovation in ore processing (2024).

Participating RIS Universities will collaborate in the preparation of the joint spin-off workshops for RM PhD and MSc students, using prepared materials of the primary Innovation workshops. For the duration of the project three spin-off workshops are going to be implemented (Miskolc (2022): Innovation in exploration, Zagreb (2023) Innovation in process-oriented orebody characterization, Athens (2024) Innovation in extraction). Spin-off programmes are planned to last continuously for minimum of 3 years after the implementation, targeting RM students – future alumni of the “Trainee” universities.

These innovation courses will increase the level of innovation and entrepreneurial skills among the MSc and PhD student population in the region by 6%.

DIM ESEE Website

Duration: 01/2021 – 03/2025

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), Dnipro University of Technology (NMU Ukraine), Geological Survey of Montenegro (GSM), Goce Delcev University Štip, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Polytechnic University of Tirana – Faculty of Geology and Mining, Technical University of Kosice, Université de Liège, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining & Geology (UNIBG-RGF), University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski, Sofia, Bulgaria, University of Miskolc, University Of Tuzla – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF), ZAG (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute)

2sDR

Upscaling of two step dust recycling process for EAF dust

Zinc is mainly used for the galvanization of steel products to protect them against corrosion. After the lifetime of these products (e.g. car bodies or construction elements) they return to the steel mill as scrap, if recycled. The Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) is the common recycling facility for this purpose and uses up to 100% scrap. Within this process, roughly 20 kg of zinc containing dust is produced per ton of steel, ending up in 1.3 mio tons of so called EAF dust per year in Europe. At present, only about half of this amount is treated in huge centralized facilities, recovering only zinc.

The novel ‘2sDR’ (two-step dust recycling) process represents the first zero-waste technology for zinc recycling and offers a flexible, environmental friendly and effective solution for steel mills to operate their own recycling process avoiding transport or disposal costs.

The process consists of two steps, using two different metallurgical technologies: The material is clinkered in a short rotary kiln to remove harmful elements and then reduced in an Electric Arc Furnace. Zinc is extracted via the off gas as Oxide and can be sold, iron occurs in form of an alloy that is reused in iron and steel industry. The residual slag can be used for construction purposes.
During the project duration, this process will be up scaled to semi-industrial size, technological and financial viability will be proven. Based on the outcome of this project, the technology is brought to market and the first recycling plant using the proposed ‘2sDR’technology shall be erected in Austria.

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2021

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy, Partner: Lead), ARP GmbH, Politecnico di Milano, Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH, Marienhütte GmbH, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute

3DBriefcase

Learning the uses of minerals through non-conventional and digital tools

The 3D BRIEFCASE Project seeks to bring mineral raw materials and mining closer to society. Its ultimate goal is that citizens from an early age and students, get to know and understand from where the mineral products they use in daily life come from, what minerals can be found in their environment, and how our daily purchasing decisions affect the social environment of the people who live in countries with mineral resources exploitation.
During the first part of the project, BRIEFCASEs are developed covering sensitive aspects of the mining activities and focusing on primary school pupils to students (6-14 years old) and their teachers, including virtual material (web) compiling all these materials to offer an interactive tool that can be self-used by pupils.
The second part of the project, 3D BRIEFCASE, proposes to improve the virtual tool into an augmented reality (AR) application to attract students up to 18 years old and to adapt the tool for a 3D-application for permanent use in science museums and educational centres, and for private use of the general public.

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2021

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Coventry University, European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals (EUROMINES), Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Gomez Pardo Foundation, Magnesitas Navarras S.A., Monolithos Ltd, Technical University of Kosice, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca, ZAG (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering  Institute)

BetterGeoEdu 2.0

Teaching raw materials to primary schools with gamification

As increasing world demand for raw materials is facing stronger public concerns on health and environmental issues there arises the need for a better targeted dissemination of knowledge and information, thus enforcing public awareness of the problem. To work towards public awareness, we must start early by increasing knowledge and interest about raw materials and geology – already in primary school. By targeting primary schools we also reach the public as a whole – through children, their parents and their teachers.
BetterGeoEdu 2.0 is a project that targets primary schools to work with wider society learning for raw materials. BetterGeoEdu will develop educational material about raw materials using BetterGeo – a modification of the immensely popular game Minecraft. Cooperation with teachers, museums, geoparks, and activity centres will result in train-the-trainer programmes as well as freely available exercises and instructions for teachers. BetterGeoEdu brings a unique and innovative way of teaching raw materials to primary schools using an already well-known and loved game.

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2021

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Geological Survey of Sweden, Tallinn University of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Technical University of Madrid, Université de Liège

CERA

Certification of Raw Materials

Unlike other sectors such as forestry, the food sector or the textile sector, there is no general and comprehensive certification of mineral resources. The up-scaling project CERA is developing a new certification scheme for mineral raw materials. CERA consists of eight work packages in which the DMT and its partners (LTU Business, University of Leiden, Montanuniversität Leoben and TÜV Nord CERT) form a close working group.

The following characteristics are required for the certification of raw materials:
• Competence in exploration, production and processing of mineral resources
• Experience in the certification process
• Management of a network to enterprises in the value chain of mineral resources

The knowledge and skills gained at DIM aim at increasing the employability of mining engineers. In the long run, the program will lead to an increase in sustainable mining and processing activities, which will result in economic growth and the creation of employment in respective countries.

Output

The targeted output of this innovation work can best be described by means of, for example the certification of coffee or tea. It is known that certified producers showed substantial improvements in performance in comparison with non-certified producers. Coffee producers named main benefits of certification such as the reduction in production costs, a better price for the product, quality improvements of the product, access to new markets, environmental improvements, better cost management of the production, traceability of the production process, and most importantly improvements of working conditions. These benefits, amongst others, are also the focus of the certification of mineral resources. Additionally, an improvement in the image of certified producers as well as increasing sales could be possible advantages of a label for mineral resources.

https://www.cera-standard.org/

Duration: 01/2017 – 06/2021

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Geology and Economic Geology), DMT, Leiden University, LTU Business, CONFEDEM (Mining and Metallurgical Company Association), RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), TüV Nord Cert, Savannah Resources

DimESEE

Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School

The main objective of the project is knowledge transfer, as well as strengthening innovation capacities in the mining, recycling and waste management sectors. This is a lifelong learning project that will be implemented in close partnership with industry stakeholders in all project consortium countries.

During the four years of project implementation, the following key topics were analyzed:
• 2017 Zero waste management
• 2018 Deep intelligent mining
• 2019 Small mining sites
• 2020 Recycling

The knowledge and skills gained at DIM aim at increasing the employability of mining engineers. In the long run, the programme will lead to an increase in sustainable mining and processing activities, which will result in economic growth and the creation of employment in respective countries.

DIM ESEE Website

Duration: 04/2017 – 12/2020

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), University of Zagreb, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Dnipro University of Technology (NMU Ukraine), University of Miskolc, Technical University of Kosice, AGH University of Science and Technology, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining & Geology (UNIBG-RGF), University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski (Sofia)

DSM-School

EIT International Summer School “From dreging to deep-sea mining”

Striving for independence from the import of Critical Raw Materials, the EU has made considerable investments towards reaching marine mineral resources. A European deep-sea mining industry would have 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 state-of-the-art mining technologies, recent investigations on the environmental impact of seabed mining activities, marine mineral resources, as well as economic, political, social and legislative aspects. The project will reach the wider society with communication tools such as a two-week summer school organized in Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, the Internet, and public events.

https://www.ntnu.edu/igp/dsm-summer-school

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2022

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics), Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, IHC Mining B.V., Norwegian University of Science and Technology, STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Delft University of Technology

EC-GeoSustain

European MSc in Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management

A growing world population makes it necessary to progress the extraction of mineral resources in areas which are more difficult to access and characterized by increased mining / geological complexity and more harsh working conditions. At the same time the primary objectives will remain to ensure the highest level of operational and public safety and also to make best and optimal use of natural resources by maximizing recovery. The basis for this is the use of the most modern sensing technologies for geo-data acquisition and geo-data management, state-of-the-art methods for information extraction and analysis, and the assimilation of this information in digital 3D decision making models, such as the resource models or mining subsidence prediction models.
The European Course on Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management develops a European MSC course that develops future leaders and innovators in this field.
The educational content focuses on the following pillars:
• Sensing technologies for mine data gathering,
• Spatial (big) data management and visualization, and
• Spatial (big) data analysis and modelling.

Duration: 04/2018 – 12/2020

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics), Deutscher Markscheiderverein, DMT, Instituto Superior Técnico, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Delft University of Technology

EnAct-SDGs

Enhancing the skills of ESEE RM students towards the AchievemenT of SDGs

The project consortium of “ENhancing the skills for the AChievemenT of SDGs”, EnAct-SDGs, will cooperate in order to develop an Action Plan that will act as a driver to modernize the RM education practices to ensure the incorporation of the Sustainable Development principles in the educational programmes of the ESEE Universities, strengthen the skills and increase the capacity of University graduates and RM professionals.
During the project a number of actions will take place and methodological tools will be adopted so as: (a) to build a dynamic self-sustained network between the Industry, Academia, Researchers and Professionals of the RM sector; (b) to initially assess the existing Educational programmes of the Beneficiary Universities; (c) to take into account the needs and views of the stakeholders from the RM network, Policy makers and NGOs; (d) to identify the areas that need improvement; (e) propose a road map for the modernization of the educational programs of the Beneficiary Universities that could be then transferred as a Best practice to other Universities of the ESEE Region; (f) to organize pilot activities for the implementation of the new proposals.

The EnAct-SDGs project will cooperate with the existing and developing ecosystems of different EIT RM Innovation (RC Leoben and RC Freiberg) and RIS (RCGREECE and RCKOSICE) HUBs represented by the Consortium. The RM industry has already expressed their interest in the project implementation through their Letter of Intent.

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2021

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), AGH University of Science and Technology, Employers’ Organization of Polish Copper, GREEK MINING ENTERPRISES ASSOCIATION (GMEA), Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione (HIT), MYTILINEOS S.A., National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Panhellenic Association of Graduate Mining and Metallurgical Engineers ( PSDMMM), Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), The National Technology Platform for Research, Development and Innovation of Raw Materials, Università degli Studi di Trento

ESEE Dialogue Conferences

Initiated by the EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben at Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria, the ESEE Dialogue Conferences aim to foster an international community in the raw materials sector by converging relevant stakeholders from industry, research and education in East and South East Europe. The ESEE Dialogue Conferences is a major raw materials conference series for East and South East Europe, which has successfully addressed issues in the raw materials sector in eight countries in the last four years. Integration into the EIT RawMaterials community, policy framework, education development, resource efficiency and innovation along the raw materials life cycle are the main topics of the conferences.

Raw materials are vital for future technologies and will continue to play a major role in the development of solutions for present challenges. For example, great challenges such as the shift to renewable energy can only be reached via innovative technologies dependent on the use of materials. Rising demand and need for sustainable supply in Europe are to be balanced. The aim of the EIT RawMaterials is to take action and develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe.
In this context, the region East and South East Europe (ESEE) is of particular interest to the EIT RawMaterials, due to its unique geological potential and unique potential on secondary raw materials, which also makes it highly relevant with regard to the European Raw Materials Strategy. Furthermore, a significant number of business idea holders relevant to the overall objectives of EIT RawMaterials are coming from this region.

Outlook

With many successful conferences and an established network of ESEE partners, we will continue our efforts and use our experience of the last years to enhance the involvement of the ESEE region. Albania is planned as the next ESEE DC location. In the course of the last conferences the organisational team has worked hard to create and organize top networking opportunities for future collaboration within the EIT RawMaterials. For example, more and more interactive activities such as real-time voting, workshops and round tables where included into the agenda to enhance the conference experience. We will pursue these efforts further and are sure that we are on the right track to generate inspiring and successful conferences.

Furthermore, we have widened our target group and now generally plan an education workshop with hands-on experiments for students. To connect young minds to raw material related topics is extremely valuable for the development of the sector. If we do not have interested bright minds, the chances of developing innovation for the raw material sector is low. Therefore, we actively include students and hope to spark interest in them to become engineers of the future, who will drive innovation and the development of the sector.

www.esee-dc.eu

Duration: 1/2017 – 12/2020

Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben, Lead), Geological Survey of Slovenia, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, University of Zagreb;

ESEE Education & Entrepreneurship

The project itself transfers tailor made successful programmes already implemented within EIT RawMaterials to theESEE region, making these programmes available to those who have not yet become KIC partners or to individuals for the benefit of the innovativeness of the region itself. One programme is RM@Scools project, with the objective to propose active learning to schools by involving students in experiments with RM-related hands-on educational kits and in communication activities. The second programme is RACE. RACE is a learning journey for industrial R&D professionals organised by EIT RawMaterials and hosted by its industrial partners.

01/2019 – 12/2025

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), Aalto University, CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA), AGH University of Science and Technology, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), ERION, Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS), Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione (HIT), Kaunas University of Technology, KGHM Polska Miedz Spólka Akcyjna, LTU Business AB, MANTIS BUSINESS INNOVATION, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Occami B.V., Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Riga Technical University, Tallinn University of Technology, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Tecnalia Ventures, S.L., Sociedad Unipersonal, Trinity  College Dublin, University of Banja Luka (UNiBL), University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining & Geology (UNIBG-RGF), University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski, Sofia, University of Miskolc, University of Pannonia, University of Sarajevo, University of Tuzla, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF), University of Zenica, Metallurgical institute Kemal Kapetanović, ZAG (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering  Institute)

HoloMine

Mixed Reality in Mining

Mixed reality visualization allows to reduce shaft inspection and machine maintenance cost by 15%, but there are few solutions available. Larger cost reductions are possible when combining AR visualization with software for optimized system maintenance (up to 35% by reduced downtime and optimized maintenance). The resulting mixed reality product will illustrate technical steps for quicker and more informed decisions towards autonomous mining.
By the use of already existing MR hardware the development of specific solutions for selected underground mining issues, including an overall enterprise data infrastructure, is planned within HoloMine.
The pilot solutions will show that mixed reality solutions are perfect for enabling rapid shaft and roadway inspection, machine maintenance, 3D model visualization, and quick decision-making.
The mine environment will become an entirely new canvas for all stakeholders to understand, investigate, learn, communicate and interact with.

Duration: 01/2019 – 06/2022

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben, Chair of Automation), DMT, LTU Business, Robotic Eyes GmbH, Sandvik, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, Technische Universität Graz, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

investRM

Multifactor model for investments in the raw material sector

After a decade of declining commodity prices, negative investment trends, debated mining legislation and increased overall risks, mining companies are struggling to survive searching for new sustainable investment options. The InvestRM project will create a decision-making tool for raw materials companies and investors, mining institutes, technical universities, geological surveys, non-governmental association, B&H government and state institutions in order to facilitate investment in the raw material sector. Project is focused on Bosnia and Herzegovina due to its critical raw materials potential, but will be fully transferable to other East and Southeast European (ESEE) countries. The project will deliver structured country data (entity based) together with relevant and validated geo-information on 120 critical raw materials deposits and occurrences within B&H: antimony, bauxite (as potential source of rare earth elements – REE), fluorite and magnesite. One of the special tasks is establishment of constructive dialogue with minimum 40 B&H SMEs and large companies throughout Banja Luka, Prijedor, Tuzla and Zenica, info-days in order to tailor the InvestRM decision making tool.

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Duration: 01/2018 – 12/2021

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics), Cemex Croatia, Mining institute Prijedor, Mining Institute Tuzla, University of Zenica, Metallurgical institute Kemal Kapetanović, University of Zagreb, Geological Survey of Slovenia

IMAGINE 3 – SUMA

Development and implementation of EIT Raw Materials Master Programme(s) in Sustainable Materials

The project IMAGINE involves a large consortium of universities with a solid educational research excellence based background in different aspects of materials processing and with an explicit interest in sustainability aspects of materials. The consortium proposes a ‘fast track’ pilot action involving the integration of 4 existing Master programs into an EIT label compatible pilot Master program on which the partners can build a joint final Master program. The SUMA master programmes started in September 2016 and developed into more study tracks since then. The Master programs will focus on materials processing and recycling, circular (eco)design, life cycle engineering and circular economy design, materials substitution, manufacturing, entrepreneurship and innovation and will mandatorily involve studies in two different institutions and am internship in a company.

Duration: 01/2021 – 03/2025

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy), AGH University of Science and Technology, Atlantic Copper S.L.U., Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology, INP), Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), UMICORE NV, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Technical University of Madrid), Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca (University of Milano- Bicocca), Università degli Studi di Trento

LowReeMotors

Rare earth reduction in high performance permanent magnet electric machines

The highest torque densities for motors in EV vehicles are obtained with Neodymium (Nd) magnets. But Nb is considered to be a critical material for Europe due to two reasons:
• The forecast of the demand predicts that it will exceed the production in the following years
• The production is out of Europe
This is why it is extremely interesting to look for alternatives to these magnets based on material which are not as critical as Nd. In this context, implementation of Cerium (Ce) substituted alloys could alleviate the need for Nd raw material up to 6-10 %. However, Ce-based magnets are known to be less performant than Nd magnets, therefore, it becomes mandatory to redesign electrical machinery in order to optimize the implementation of these new magnets.
In LowReeMotors projects, two different electrical machines will be designed, manufactured and tested based on Ce magnets that will substitute an existing equivalent Nd based motors.
The design will be developed focusing for mass production. In that way, the aim of the project is to develop two new motor products based on that topology,

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2022

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Polymer Processing), French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, KU Leuven, Magneti Ljubljana d.d., MONDRAGON GOI ESKOLA POLITEKNIKOA S. COOP., Valeo Powertrain Systems

MaMMa

Maintained Mine & Machine

MaMMa allows the employees and consultants of a mine to design better, more efficient machines and infrastructure maintenance plans for mines depending on the real-time results of the operational wear & tear status. These design of these machines and infrastructure maintenance schedules are often designed, verified and optimized by professional trainings schools, technical research institutes at Universities. The real-time maintenance data supplied by MaMMa would allow shorter response times to required modifications during mining operations, and constant testing, verification and optimization of these maintenance plans in a safer environment.

Duration: 01/2018 – 12/2021

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (Chair of Automation), DMT,

KGHM Cuprum Ltd. Research & Development Centre, KGHM Polska Miedz Spólka Akcyjna, LTU Business AB,

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST), Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, TU Clausthal

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