EIT RAW MATERIALS SUMMIT 2019
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The Future of Waste NdFeB Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and their Role in a Circular Economy
UNEXMIN (unexmin.eu) is a H2020 project which develops an autonomous underwater robotic explorer capable to 3D map and deliver geo-scientific information by non-invasive methods from flooded underground mines. There is a strong need to reassess these abandoned mines to be able to decide whether invest money into their re-exploration and re-opening.
Many flooded underground mines can be found world-wide which still contain significant, valuable raw materials. Usually a mine closure is related to actual economics which reflects the current level of mining and ore processing technology and the commodity prices rather than the complete depletion. Certain commodities were disregarded during the operational life of a mine which are now highly valuable and could be among the critical raw materials for the EU. These mines are now flooded and the last piece of information of their status is a few decades, or even over a hundred years old. There is a strong need to reassess these mines to be able to decide whether invest money into their re-opening.
UNEXMIN (unexmin.eu) develops an autonomous underwater robotic explorer capable to 3D map and deliver geo-scientific information by non-invasive methods from flooded underground mines. These data currently cannot be obtained only by other more expensive or dangerous methods. The objectives of the project can be defined as 1) build a robotic system for autonomous mapping of flooded mines, 2) demonstrate the operation of the prototype at representative sites, 3) develop a platform for technology transfer and further development, 4) develop a research roadmap and create a post-project commercial service to offer the UNEXMIN technology in the market.
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 690008.
PS6 - Resource Efficiency Cities
Wed Feb 13 2019 16:32:34 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)