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¡Viable and Alternative Mine Operating System!

Objective

Estimates indicate that the value of unexploited European mineral resources at a depth of 500-1,000 metres is ca €100 billion, however, a number of physical, economic, social, environmental and human constraints have as yet limited their exploitation.
¡VAMOS! will provide a new Safe, Clean and Low Visibility Mining Technique and will prove its Economic Viability for extracting currently unreachable mineral deposits, thus encouraging investment and helping to put the EU back on a level playing field in terms of access to strategically important minerals. Deriving from successful deep-sea mining techniques, the ¡VAMOS! mining solution aspires to lead to: Re-opening abandoned mines; Extensions of opencut mines which are limited by stripping ratio, hydrological or geotechnical problems; and opening of new mines in the EU.
¡VAMOS! will design and manufacture innovative automated excavation equipment and environmental impact monitoring tools that will be used to perform field tests in a number of mine sites across Europe with a range of rock hardness and pit morphology. VAMOS will:
1.Develop a prototype underwater, remotely controlled, mining machine with associated launch and recovery equipment
2.Enhance currently available underwater sensing, spatial awareness, navigational and positioning technology
3.Provide an integrated solution for efficient Real-time Monitoring of Environmental Impact
4.Conduct field trials with the prototype equipment in abandoned and inactive mine sites with a range of rock types and at a range of submerged depths
5.Evaluate the productivity and and cost of operation to enable mine-ability and economic reassessment of the EU's mineral resources.
6. Maximize impact and enable the Market Up-Take of the proposed solutions by defining and overcoming the practicalities of the concept, proving the operational feasibility and the economic viability.
7. Contribute to the social acceptance of the new extraction technique via public demonstrations in EU regions.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2014-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

BMT GROUP LTD
Address
Goodrich House Waldegrave Road 1
TW11 8LZ Teddington
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 493 410,66

Participants (18)

SOIL MACHINE DYNAMICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 3 539 023
Address
Turbinia Works Davy Bank
NE28 6UZ Wallsend Tyne And Wear
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DAMEN DREDGING EQUIPMENT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 838 729,44
Address
Edisonstraat 32
3861 NE Nijkerk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 935 161
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias Campus Da Feup
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUGRO EMU LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 109 929,80
Address
Fugro House Hithercroft Road
OX10 9RB Wallingford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZENTRUM FUR TELEMATIK EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 411 578,58
Address
Magdalene-schoch-strasse 5 Tgz Gebaude
97074 Wurzburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 62 867
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINERALIA-MINAS, GEOTECNIA E CONSTRUCOES LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 26 364
Address
Rua Jose Eigenmann 90 Distrito Braga Concelho Braga
4715 199 Braga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARINE MINERALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 28 899
Address
98 Longfield
TR11 4SL Falmouth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EMPRESA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO MINEIRO

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 14 208,50
Address
Rua Sampaio E Pina Nº 1 - 3º Dto
1070-248 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 810 390
Address
Alpinestrasse 1
8740 Zeltweg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEOLOSKI ZAVOD SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 77 342
Address
Dimiceva 14
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
LA PALMA RESEARCH CENTRE FOR FUTURE STUDIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 156 907,09
Address
Calle El Castillo El Fronton 37
38787 Santa Cruz De La Palma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES GEOLOGUES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 29 203
Address
Rue Jenner 13
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
TRELLEBORG EDE B.V.

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Knuttelweg 8
6718 ZD Ede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FEDERALNI ZAVOD ZA GEOLOGIJU SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
EU contribution
€ 26 617
Address
Ustanicka 11
71210 Ilidza
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDACIJA ZA OBNOVU I RAZVOJ REGIJE VARES
Bosnia and Herzegovina
EU contribution
€ 38 912
Address
Zvijezda 34
71330 Vares
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TRELLEBORG RIDDERKERK BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 447 305,73
Address
Verlengde Kerkweg 15
2985 AZ Ridderkerk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUGRO GB MARINE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 153 152,20
Address
Fugro House Hithercroft Road
OX10 9RB Wallingford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)