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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 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 or visit https://eitrawmaterials.eu/project/micro-ecos/

BioLeach

– an Academy lifelong learning programme

The project is focused to development of low-cost, effective, environmentally friendly biotechnologies enabling extraction and recovery of metallic raw materials (REE, CRMs, metals) and the release of undesirable components from non-metallic RMs for their better industrial utilisation.  These technologies will enable the valorisation of local sources of raw materials, reducing the need for imported materials.
This project is led by the Technical University of Kosice and involves 16 other partners from across the EIT RawMaterials network.

The TCD contact for the project is Damaris Fernandez (DFERNAN@tcd.ie).  For more information, visit https://eitrawmaterials.eu/successful-launch-of-the-bioleach-innovation-project-supported-by-eit-rawmaterials/

RM Techflow

– A lifelong learning education programme

RM Tech Flow is a 2-year lifelong learning project aiming at coaching at least 180 amongst KIC Raw Materials partners’ academics and technology transfer officers in better scouting, analysing and boosting promising technologies towards market exploitation.
The project will train researchers and technologists from KIC universities and research centres in developing and positioning their technologies more in line with the RM industry needs. Meanwhile, the project will train staff from technology transfer offices and innovation management agencies from the KIC in how to get organized to better support the previous. Both target audiences will be offered top-level professional learning experiences such as:
A) 1,5-day face-to face workshop, featuring seminars, hands-on work on real cases, and discussion of success stories brought by a large company as speakers.
B) MOOC-alike contents made available online, featuring recordings of the main workshop sessions, slides and exercises.
C) Experiential learning through the participation to industry trade shows.
D) Experiential learning via the provision of one-to-one technology acceleration coaching services.
The project is led by Hub Innovazione Trentino, in collaboration with AGH University of Science and Technology, FL Smidth, LTU Business, Tecnalia Ventures and Trinity College Dublin.
For more information, contact John Whelan on john.whelan@tcd.ie or visit https://rmtechflow.eitrawmaterials.eu/.

MINERS

– A Masters Education Project

Mine Emergency Response and Rescue School (MINERS) aims to create an international program to teach students important skills in fields like mine rescue, emergency response and safety management. The students will not only learn the theoretical backgrounds of national and international safety standards and rescue procedures, they will be trained under real life conditions, supported by experts, to learn proper skills to run a safe and successful rescue mission.
A uniform international mine rescue program will be established that brings together students form different universities trained by international experts, who have personally been involved in mining accidents and have led rescue operations all over the world.
MINERS is led by Montanuniversität Leoben and involves partner Boliden Mineral AB, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Zagreb, Trinity Centre for Innovtive Human Systems and independent expert DI Wilhelm Schön.
For more information on MINERS, contact the TCD lead Siobhan Corrigan at scorrig@tcd.ie or visit https://eitrawmaterials.eu/course/miners/

MORAMA

– Mexico as an opportunity for EIT RawMaterials projects

RM Tech Flow is a 2-year lifelong learning project aiming at coaching at least 180 amongst KIC Raw Materials partners’ academics and technology transfer officers in better scouting, analysing and boosting promising technologies towards market exploitation.
The project will train researchers and technologists from KIC universities and research centres in developing and positioning their technologies more in line with the RM industry needs. Meanwhile, the project will train staff from technology transfer offices and innovation management agencies from the KIC in how to get organized to better support the previous. Both target audiences will be offered top-level professional learning experiences such as:
A) 1,5-day face-to face workshop, featuring seminars, hands-on work on real cases, and discussion of success stories brought by a large company as speakers.
B) MOOC-alike contents made available online, featuring recordings of the main workshop sessions, slides and exercises.
C) Experiential learning through the participation to industry trade shows.
D) Experiential learning via the provision of one-to-one technology acceleration coaching services.
The project is led by Hub Innovazione Trentino, in collaboration with AGH University of Science and Technology, FL Smidth, LTU Business, Tecnalia Ventures and Trinity College Dublin.
For more information, contact John Whelan on john.whelan@tcd.ie or visit https://rmtechflow.eitrawmaterials.eu/.

Gateways 2: Gateway to Developing Economies

– An Internationalisation Project

Based on the result of Gateway-1 project developed in 2016 which created an interactive map of mining projects in emerging and developing countries, the Gateway-2 project aims at facilitating new collaborative projects of EIT RM partners in developing countries and supporting international business development as well as enhancing local capacity building with education and research activities in those countries.
The project addresses all value chain themes and will be focused on in Latin American and African regions. By integrating business development activities into existing education, research projects and networks, we aim at forming new approaches to support sustainable business development in developing countries.

Gateway2 is a consortium of 17 partners, led by the Geological Survey of Finland.  For more information, contact Damaris Fernandez on dfernan@tcd.ie or visit https://eitrawmaterials.eu/project/gateway/

WinSmartRM: Win-Win Strategies in Mobility Transition

– An InfoCenter projects

This project focuses on the generation of intelligence, data and information related to the framework conditions to boost innovation relevant to the present and future Mobility Transition trends. It is aimed to identify main conditions and barriers to support innovation in this area, particularly for the EU-Africa context. The information is sourced from a wide range of stakeholders in the context of Mobility Transition, with emphasis on resource-rich countries in Africa and its unique selling points compared to other similar stakeholders globally.
The ultimate goal is to create win-win situations for Africa and Europe where both can successfully contribute to a sustainable Mobility Transition in line with Sustainable Development Goals, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Paris Climate Agreement, Conflict Minerals monitoring supply chains and other key directives, in particular the EC communication on A Clean Planet for All - A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, moderns, competitive and climate neutral economy.
This project addresses the data gap problem in relation to how best supporting innovation on the new trends of Mobility. In particular, for security of supply and responsible production and consumption of minor metals required for the implementation of modern transport systems via electric vehicles.
This Trinity-led project is a collaboration between 11 EIT RawMaterials partners, many of whom are also collaborating on the Gateway2 project. 

For more information, please contact Damaris Fernandez on dfernan@tcd.ie, or visit https://eitrawmaterials.eu/project/winsmartrm/

DigiEduHack

– A cross-KIC activity

The aim of DigiEduHack is to identify key challenges for education in the digital age and co-create innovative solutions. More than 50 DigiEduHack events will be arranged simultaneously in Europe and beyond, in collaboration with local host organizations. During the 24h events, multidisciplinary teams of educators, students and innovators will get together to develop solutions.
The Learnovate Centre and Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, will explore the challenge of improving safety in the mining industry via digital education. 
For more information and to join the hackathon, see https://digieduhack.com/en/challenges or contact Deirdre Green on deirdre.green@learnovatecentre.org.

RM@Schools Handbook

– A wider society learning project

The Raw MatTERS Ambassadors at Schools (RM@Schools), an active learning project, has achieved success and recognition by involving experts from EIT RawMaterials to engage students in experiments, and efforts to disseminate the results of those experiments.
RM@Schools, led by CNR, Italy, is a well-established programme that sees 10-19-year-old students conduct experiments with Raw-Materials-related hands-on educational kits, produced by EIT RawMaterials partners. The project started in 2016 and continues to date under the umbrella of Raw Material Academy.
A multi-disciplinary team from Trinity’s School of Education, School of Geology and the AMBER SFI research centre are collaborating with the RM@Schools consortium to create a teacher handbook to support the sustainability and scalability of this highly acclaimed programme.
For more information on the RM@Schools programme, visit https://rmschools.isof.cnr.it/ . For more information on the RM@Schools handbook, contact Penny Humby on humbyp@tcd.ie.

BetterGeoEdu: Teaching RawMaterials through Gamification

– A cross-KIC activity

BetterGeoEdu is a project aimed to strengthening raw materials as a subject in primary schools using gamification. The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) has created BetterGeo, a modification for the immensely popular game Minecraft, to spark interest and teach geology to young people by adding realistic geological features, extraction technologies and environmental impacts. The tool has been downloaded over 12 000 times, from Sweden and the EU to the USA and Japan, and has been greatly appreciated by players, teachers, parents, industry and media.
BetterGeoEdu will take the tool further, creating innovative exercises for primary schools using BetterGeo – initiating learning based on playing games coupled with practical exercises. As BetterGeoEdu is driven by a strong interest in young people – playing games – learning can continue both in the classroom with teachers, or at home with parents. The project will make the tool more easily accessible for teachers and tailor exercises for classrooms together with experts from the consortium and teachers, while testing the exercises with students.
The BetterGeoEdu project is led by SGU, in collaboration with Montanuniversität Leoben, Geological Survey of Slovenia and the AMBER SFI research centre.
For more information and to download the BetterGeoEdu mod, visit https://www.bettergeoedu.com/eng or contact Rachel Kavanagh on kavanara@tcd.ie.

Contact

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