These are the MINE.THE.GAP projects

The projects funded under MINE.THE.GAP propose solutions to make the mining and raw material value chain more sustainable and digital.

What do they do? Find out!

2021 Funded projects

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Optimization at laboratory scale of Celestite Mineral concentration using dense media in a Hydrocyclonesystem

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Improving European Small Scale Mining Efficiency through Digitalisation

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Imaging the dense ore horizon and the underground voids and tunnels with Muography

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CERES concepts, models and assumptions to support the earliest stage of the mining life cycle

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Circular economy operation principles of Platinum and Rare Earths exploitation from mine tailings

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Open source smart hydrogen sensor for exploration and storage

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Interconnected Electric Breaker Hammer (IEBH) demonstrator for usage in underground mines

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Technical and economic assessment for the improvement in the use and enrichment processes of critical raw materials

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Innovative green-technologies in the field of mining restoration and closure to prevent Acid Mine Drainage

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4D quarry monitoring through multi sensors assessment

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Wearable-like personal aerial robot with autonomous capacities able to aid in underground mining scenarios

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Development of an early warning system for underground mining

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Monitoring of low elemental contributions in unclarified liquids employing XRF

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Mine to mill optimization using extensive geo-metallurgical testing and advanced data analytics

Key actions for the mining value chain Which key actions do the projects address?

KA1: Adoption and implementation of innovative technologies oriented to improve the sustainable supply of raw materials from mineral resources and anthropogenic deposits, including innovative exploration technologies or technologies that will boost competitiveness in mining life cycle.

KA2: Eco-friendly technologies and environmental actions to achieve a sustainable mining approach, technologies to mitigate the impact of mining or to reclaim post-operation mining land and/or revitalise the economy of the region.

KA3: Circular economy plans, technologies, methods, analysis and business model (i.e., industrial symbiosis) to be applied at any stage of the operation cycle of raw materials value chain, ensuring an eco-efficient operation of a mining exploitation or related to the circular supply of raw materials.

KA4: Process technologies, advanced manufacturing technologies, robotics, oriented to improve productivity and the efficient use of resources, recovery of raw materials (including co and by-product), recycling technologies or other approaches increasing eco-efficiency in the sector of raw materials.

KA5: Towards the digitalisation of the raw materials sector. Innovative technologies to be applied into mining, processing, smelting operations that improve SMEs competitiveness, contribute to an efficient use of resources, reduction of emissions, or ensure safe operations.

KA6: Advanced training skills, methods, technologies and occupational safety innovative measures for the workers oriented to improve the operations and attract or recover jobs in a new transformed sector essential for the Just Transition.

KA7: Cross-cutting topics, highlighting the importance of new business models, new financial and investment methodologies for the raw materials sector, forefront methods or exploration data bases for low environmental impact exploration, and methods to improve public perception of mining and processing/metallurgy in addition to legislative obligations in order to better gain the social acceptance