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European Training Network for the remediation and reprocessing of sulfidic mining waste sites

Objective

For more than 100 years the EU mining industries have been discarding their extractive-waste residues. Estimates suggest this represents 29% of the EU-28’s current waste output. When poorly managed these residues are a significant environmental hazard. Sulfidic Cu-Zn, Zn-Pb and Cu-Zn-Pb tailings pose the largest challenge, as they are prone to acid mine drainage. However, these tailings also contain valuable metals. Recently, the EIP Raw Materials launched a “call to arms” to transform the “extractive-waste problem” into a “resource-recovery opportunity”. Additionally, the EIP has warned about the acute shortage of talent in this sector. In order to develop a highly skilled work force, to mitigate environmental risks and to economically recover valuable raw materials, the ETN for the remediation and reprocessing of sulfidic mining waste sites (SULTAN) provides the first-ever training programme dedicated to the reprocessing of tailings. SULTAN has pooled the interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise of leading EIT RawMaterials members, world-leading mining and chemical companies, covering all links in the tailings-reprocessing value chain. SULTAN develops cutting-edge methodologies to assess the resource potential of Europe’s main tailings families (WP1) and explores eco-friendly mining chemicals for advanced metal-extraction/recovery set-ups (WP2). SULTAN not only recovers the metals but also valorises the clean(ed) tailing residues in circular-economy applications, incl. inorganic polymers, green cements and ceramics (WP3). In WP4 a novel environmental assessment methodology is developed. The 15 SULTAN ESRs benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme (WP5) and maximise the impact of their research through dissemination & exploitation (WP6). This kick-starts their careers as highly employable professionals in the EU’s tailings reprocessing/remediation sector, as well as for geological surveys, teaching and scientific organisations, and public bodies.

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Net EU contribution
€ 1 025 280,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT CLAUSTHAL
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 505 576,80
Address
Adolph Romer Strasse 2a
38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld

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Region
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Goslar
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 561 611,52
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu

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Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FCIENCIAS.ID - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIENCIAS
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 237 720,24
Address
Campo Grande, Edificio C1, Piso 3
1749 016 Lisbon

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Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 562 553,28
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 505 576,80
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden

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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
WIENERBERGER NV
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 256 320,00
Address
Kapel Ter Bede 121
8500 Kortrijk

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. West-Vlaanderen Arr. Kortrijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 256 320,00
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (7)

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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

SHELL GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Lange Kleiweg 40
2288 GK Rijswijk

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

SOMINCOR - SOCIEDADE MINEIRA DE NEVES-CORVO SA
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Minas De Neves Corvo
7780 409 Castro Verde

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Region
Continente Alentejo Baixo Alentejo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

SAXONIA Standortentwicklungs- und -verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Halsbrücker Straße 34
09599 Freiberg

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Region
Sachsen Chemnitz Mittelsachsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

METSO OUTOTEC FINLAND OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Lokomonkatu 3
33101 Tampere

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Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Pirkanmaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg

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Region
Sachsen Chemnitz Mittelsachsen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00