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September 2020 – RM@School teaser video

We proudly present our new teaser video for RM@Schools. RM@Schools is a Wider Society Learning project funded by the EIT, focused on an innovative program to make science education and careers in RM attractive for youngsters. An active learning approach will be proposed to schools through RM Ambassadors by involving students in experiments with RM-related hands-on and digital educational toolkits, in excursions to industries, and in science dissemination activities. Apply here

Sustainable Carbon Supply and Energy Mining

Sustainable Carbon Supply and Energy Mining based on Methane decomposition is seen as a major contribution to a future carbon footprint reduction while maintaining a sustainable supply with raw materials and green energy. Natural gas is the fossil fuel containing the least impurities with an estimated global resource of around 800 trillion m³. Although the composition of natural gas can vary to some extent, its primary component is methane, CH4. By endothermic decomposition (methane pyrolysis) methane can be split into its components carbon  and hydrogen (H2) where especially hydrogen is of interest as a future alternative for various industrial applications. Additionally, there is a high potential for various large-scale applications of carbon, especially in construction and agriculture, if the carbon is available at a lower price than from presently available resources.

Besides the well-known research activities of Montanuniversität Leoben in the fields of metallurgy, raw material supply, and mineral processing the university also has a profound knowledge in the field of high-tech research and applications of carbon based materials. This is a key factor for the sustainable valorisation of a considerable portion of the carbon product from the methane pyrolysis from the economic point of view.

The efficient storage of energy combined with a minimum carbon footprint, as well as the effective capture and conversion of unwanted greenhouse emissions are considered the major challenges towards a progressive, sustainable and environmentally friendly society on a global scale [Aneke2016]. Energy can be stored in pure chemical form using gas carriers with high heating values, such as hydrogen (H2), as well as in electrical form, for instance in batteries or by storing ions at the electrode/electrolyte interface in electrical double layers capacitors. Storage of energy by these technologies opens the most attractive scenarios towards replacement of the present utilization of finite, carbon-rich and environ­mentally harmful fossil fuels, such as diesel and gasoline.

Consequentially, methane pyrolysis is a crucial and promising technology for the economic production of hydrogen at industrial scale without a CO2 footprint while additionally generating value from the carbon product. The current challenges for future industrial implementation of this technology are (1) the scalability of the processes and (2) the generation of high-value carbon products for small markets as well as low-price valorisation routes for bulk markets like construction industry and agriculture.

Project partners: Montanuniversität Leoben, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Primetals Technologies Limited, Wien Energie GmbH, voestalpine AG, RAG Austria AG

July 2020 – Become a part of the EnAct-SDGs Network

The EnAct-SDGs project aims to create a dynamic network of universities, research institutes, industry and professionals to develop a roadmap to a modernised education. The project aims to promote innovation and new skills for sustainable development among the East and Southeast Europe (ESEE) university graduates and raw materials professionals.

The EnAct-SDGs project is looking for stakeholders from the Raw Materials Knowledge Triangle, primarily from the RIS eligible countries, that would like to join the EnAct-SDGs network and actively participate in the project’s activities.

Find the Call here: EnAct-SDGs website

July 2020 – The Journey summer school moves on

The Climate-KIC The Journey Summer School is Europe’s largest climate innovation summer school for graduates and young professionals. The Journey is usually a 4-week full time programme. Participants visit 3 of the 25 locations involved around Europe, focused on climate action, innovation, systems transformation and community building.

This year “The Journey” was held online with a multi-channel setup and a hands-on toolkit provided to every participant.

As we finish our second week of this year’s “The Journey” we would like to say goodbye to our dear participants. We hope to welcome you in Leoben in person soon!

September 2020 – EnActSDG´s Summer School

EnActSDG´s Summer school is a three days hands-on webinar on Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the Raw Materials industry. The programme is driven by the sustainability development goals and circular economy principles. Students will tackle on challenges proposed by the Industry to generate new business ideas and improve existing solutions; they will acquire new skills, learn to use new tools and develop a new mindset that will help building up their careers as innovation professionals.
The programme curriculum is provided by TU Freiberg, Montanuniversität Leoben, University of Trento and Hub Innovation Trentino, partners of ENACT project.
In this Pilot School students from TUKE, AGH and NTUA will participate as well as other students from the ESEE region.

Apply here

RIC Leoben Booklet 2020

We put a lot of effort into creating a booklet for our partners and for new interested parties. We wanted to distribute it this year but here we are with travel restrictions and lots of online meetings. Nevertheless you can view it online! Enjoy, All the best from the RIC Leoben Team

July 2020 – SafeDeepMining

We are proud to see a publication in the International Mining magazine about our SafeDeepMining project. Visit http://www.safedeepmining.eu/ for course information and keep up the good work!

April 2020 – EnActSDGs

Within the project “EnActSDGs” we aim at enhancing the skills of students in order to achieve the sustainability goals in the raw materials sector in Austria and internationally – but especially in the ESEE regions (East and South East Europe). To achieve this goal, we need you and your opinion as an expert. Therefore we ask you to answer a short survey.
Of course, your data will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and evaluated anonymously.
Your opinion can be a significant contribution to an even higher quality education and thus to quality improvement for the entire raw materials sector. In addition, there is also the possibility of making the company more publicly effective as well as accessible to students, for example with lectures, internships, financed industrial projects or financed projects in basic research.

You can find more information on the EnAct-SDGs website. If you wish you can subscribe to the EnAct-SDGs newsletter to receive news and updates on the project and invitations to participate in our activities.

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