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Breakthrough Solutions for the Sustainable Harvesting and Processing of Deep Sea Polymetallic Nodules

Obiettivo

A key EU policy aims to reduce the Union dependency on raw materials imports, in particular (candidate) Critical Raw Materials that are vital for the EU innovative technologies. Topic SC5-11c-2015 scope focuses on “developing new highly-automated technological sustainable solutions for deep mining … in the sea bed combined with in-situ processing of minerals”. An existing but challenging raw material resource concerns polymetallic nodules. These round to elongated concretions of 1–15 cm diameter form on sediment-covered deep-sea plains in all oceans between 4-6000m water depth. The challenge to harvest and transport the nodules to the EU shore is taken on by Blue Nodules. The governing project principle is: industrial viability within the context of a realistic and technical, economic and environmentally balanced business case for the complete Polymetallic Nodules value chain of mining, processing and valorisation. Blue Nodules will develop and test to TRL6 maturity a new highly-automated and technologically sustainable deep sea mining system. Key features are: an annual production capability of 2 Million Tons nodules in water depths up to 6000m, in-situ processing of the nodules and intrinsic safe working conditions. Technical WPs are dedicated to subsea harvesting equipment & control technology, in-situ seafloor processing of polymetallic nodules and sea surface, land operations & processes. A dedicated WP focuses on environmental issues and on an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). A WP setting requirements and assessing the developed technology controls the entire work plan structure. High credibility is obtained by linking the project work to a nodule field licence owned by a project partner and located in the most promising known nodule deposit: the Clarion Clipperton Zone. The project consortium contains 14 leading industry and research partners from 9 EU member states. The project duration is 48 months, the required funding amounts to 8 Million.

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Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

IHC MINING BV
Indirizzo
Smitweg 6
2961 AW Kinderdijk
Paesi Bassi
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contributo UE
€ 2 427 440

Partecipanti (14)

DREDGING INTERNATIONAL NV
Belgio
Contributo UE
€ 831 625
Indirizzo
Scheldedijk 30, Haven 1025
2070 Zwijndrecht
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONTITECH RUBBER INDUSTRIAL KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Ungheria
Contributo UE
€ 298 800
Indirizzo
Budapesti U 10
6728 Szeged
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IHC MTI BV
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 559 375
Indirizzo
Smitweg 6
2961 AW Kinderdijk
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DE REGT MARINE CABLES BV
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 297 937,50
Indirizzo
Zaag 2
2931 LD Krimpen Aan De Lek
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIRESEARCH BV
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 315 281,25
Indirizzo
Delftechpark 37 J
2628 XJ Delft
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEASCAPE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 203 603,75
Indirizzo
Belbins Valley Belbins
SO51 0PE Romsey Hampshire
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GLOBAL SEA MINERAL RESOURCES
Belgio
Contributo UE
€ 606 437,50
Indirizzo
Slijkensesteenweg 2
8400 Oostende
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUREAU VERITAS SA

Partecipazione conclusa

Francia
Contributo UE
€ 6 342,60
Indirizzo
40-52 Boulevard Du Parc Immeuble Newtime
92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 1 416 442,50
Indirizzo
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germania
Contributo UE
€ 480 675
Indirizzo
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norvegia
Contributo UE
€ 144 786,25
Indirizzo
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Danimarca
Contributo UE
€ 170 968,75
Indirizzo
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spagna
Contributo UE
€ 102 500
Indirizzo
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUREAU VERITAS MARINE & OFFSHORE REGISTRE INTERNATIONAL DE CLASSIFICATION DE NAVIRES ET DE PLATEFORMES OFFSHORE
Francia
Contributo UE
€ 128 922,40
Indirizzo
8 Cours Du Triangle
92800 Puteaux
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)