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EIT RawMaterials

EIT RawMaterials is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe.

Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation, new educational approaches and guided entrepreneurship.

Themes

  • Exploration and raw materials resource assessment
  • Mining in challenging environments
  • Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes
  • Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products and substitutions for optimised performance
  • Recycling and materials chain optimisation of end-of-life products
  • Design of products and services for the circular economy:
    • Designing solutions
    • Closing materials Loops

For more information, see: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/innovation-themes/

Examples of Trinity-led projects within EIT RawMaterials

MICRO–ECOS: Microscale and Electrometallurgically assisted Cleaning of Complex Sulphide Ores

– an Upscaling innovation project

Eco-friendly and high-tech devices performance rely on properties obtained by using a wide variety of metals that are extracted from minerals. These sources of metals are found in progressively deeper and scattered deposits, with a complex combination of sulphides. Successful processing of these is therefore key to face the coming years of extractive technology. Recovery of metals in most flotation circuits worldwide is affected by the presence of Pyrite, a sulphide species that competes and interact with flotation reagents, reducing the process efficiency and that constitutes one of the most common gangue sulphides present in mineral ores: c.a. 70%. Today, Pyrite is almost exclusively removed during the flotation process with an expensive depressant step.

The MicroEcos project uses technologies that consume low energy and minimum to zero water to separate pyrite with high selectivity. The Project Output will be a process and equipment at Technology Readiness Level 7 that enables the selective separation of Pyrite yielding higher efficiency and lower costs in the flotation circuit associated to less reagent consumption, less air inlet and less energy consumption.

This is an upscaling project, whose test bed is located in Boliden Tara Mines Ireland. It receives EIT funding for €1,062,039.- to run from 2017 to 2020 in partnership with Boliden Mineral AB from Sweden, CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Spain, and Ceinnmat, Spain.

For more information, contact Dámaris Fernandez: DFERNAN@tcd.ie.

Ideation 2 Activation

– an Academy lifelong learning programme

The IDEATION 2 ACTIVATION programme provides a theoretically-informed and practice-based programme for researchers, industry and academic professionals working in raw materials to develop their innovative business propositions that have real commercial potential. This could be a product or service already in development or simply an idea. There will also be an industry-led ideation challenge. Developed by two of Europe’s leading entrepreneurship universities Trinity College Dublin and Aalto University Executive Ed, Finland, I2A is also supported by global industry partners Aughinish Alumina Ltd and Outotec Oy.

Over two programmes up to 40+ ideas and innovations in the raw materials space will be progressed on the various stages of new venture creation and industry ideation. Support, industry coaching and potential investment will surround this exciting wave of potential products/services and processes.

For more information contact Joan Connolly, joan.connolly@tcd.ie

Contact

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