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New geomodels to explore deeper for High-Technology critical raw materials in Alkaline rocks and Carbonatites

Obiettivo

Five of the 20 raw materials identified by the European Commission as critical are commonly found in association with alkaline rocks and carbonatites (heavy and light rare earth elements, niobium, fluorspar, and phosphate). Other elements increasingly important for ‘hi-tech’ applications, and found in these rocks include hafnium (Hf), tantalum (Ta), scandium (Sc) and zirconium (Zr). In fact, there is a greater chance of a carbonatite complex having resources economic to mine than any other rock type (about 20 active mines in ca. 500 known carbonatite complexes).

Less than 3% of critical raw materials supply is indigenous to the EU. However, deposits are known and exploration is ongoing in parts of northern Europe. In central and southern Europe the presence of abundant alkaline volcanic rocks indicates the likelihood that deposits exist within about a km of the surface.
This project will make a step-change in exploration models for alkaline and carbonatite provinces, using mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry, and state-of-the-art interpretation of high resolution geophysics and downhole measurement tools, to make robust predictions about mineral prospectivity at depth. This will be achieved through studies at seven key natural laboratories, combined with Expert Council workshops. The results will be incorporated into new geomodels on multiple scales.

In contrast to known deposits, Europe is well endowed with expertise. The project brings together industry partners involved in exploration, geophysics and environmental assessment with two geological surveys, a major museum and five universities. The results will make Europe the world leader in this specialist area. They will give the four SME industry partners world-leading expertise to develop and expand their businesses, transferring their business expertise from Africa to Europe. The project will help give European ‘hi-tech’ industry the confidence to innovate in manufacturing using critical raw materials.

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Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Indirizzo
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo UE
€ 1 540 425,51

Partecipanti (11)

GEO-AFRICA PROSPECTING SERVICES CC
Namibia
Contributo UE
€ 237 010
Indirizzo
23 Schanzenweg Eros
9000 Windhoek

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 386 237,50
Indirizzo
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon

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Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
TERRATEC GEOPHYSICAL SERVICES GMBH & CO KG
Germania
Contributo UE
€ 808 200
Indirizzo
Schillerstrasse 3
79423 Heitersheim

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germania
Contributo UE
€ 497 068,75
Indirizzo
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE
Cechia
Contributo UE
€ 336 625
Indirizzo
Zemedelska 1/1665
613 00 Brno Sever

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 410 986,25
Indirizzo
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA
Italia
Contributo UE
€ 295 312,50
Indirizzo
Via Dei Vestini 31
66013 Chieti

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LANCASTER EXPLORATION LIMITED
Isole Vergini britanniche
Contributo UE
€ 168 553,24
Indirizzo
58 Administration Drive Wickhams Cay
Road Town, Tortola

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 138 625
Indirizzo
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London

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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
A. SPEISER-ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS CC
Namibia
Contributo UE
€ 106 902,25
Indirizzo
12thfl, Sanlam Centre, 145-157 Independence Avenue
9999 Windhoek

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Danimarca
Contributo UE
€ 469 350
Indirizzo
Oster Voldgade 10
1350 Kobenhavn K

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