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Increasing yield on Tungsten and Tantalum ore production by means of advanced and flexible control on crushing, milling and separation process

Objetivo

Modern economy is highly dependent on specific raw materials, and it is envisaged that this dependency will increase in the near future. Most of them are scarce in EU and of poor purity, being mixed within complex and low grade aggregates which need to be processed by means of a separation process consuming high quantities of energy and water, and even in some cases this makes its exploitation unfeasible due to production costs.
Being EU dependent on some of these materials, as identified by EIP initiative, our society is demanding more efficient extracting processes to contribute to major European independency on these Critical Raw Materials.
Tungsten and Tantalum ores are two recognized CRMs: In a market currently dominated by China and Russia production (among others), in Europe Tungsten (limited) production is mostly concentrate into UK, Spain and Portugal . On the other side, Tantalum is a key element on electronics with clear EU external production dependency, as it is naturally really scarce in Europe (only 1% of world production is concentrated in EU).
Knowing this situation, OptimOre Project proposes the research and development of modelling and control technologies, using advanced sensing and advanced industrial control by means of artificial intelligence techniques, for the more efficient and flexible Tantalum and Tungsten ores processing from crushing to separation process, with the participation of relevant international players in the mining field on research (Chalmers University- Dr. Magnus Evertsson, Exeter University with Dr. Richard Pascoe, Freiburg University with Dr. Holberg Lieberwirth, among others). The project proposes a 3 years collaboration among 8 partners of 4 different countries.

Convocatoria de propuestas

H2020-SC5-2014-one-stage
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Coordinador

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Dirección
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
España
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Aportación de la UE
€ 1 069 250

Participantes (7)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Suecia
Aportación de la UE
€ 837 156,25
Dirección
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41296 Goeteborg
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 550 000
Dirección
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 471 312,50
Dirección
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Alemania
Aportación de la UE
€ 632 687,50
Dirección
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERKONSULT LTD
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 329 875
Dirección
Mayden House Main Road Long Bennington Business Pa
NG23 5DJ Newark
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EDMA INNOVA SL
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 693 500
Dirección
Plaza De La Llibertat 11 Bajos
17100 La Bisbal D Emporda Girona
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Alemania
Aportación de la UE
€ 500 687,50
Dirección
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations