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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 025 280

Participants (7)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT CLAUSTHAL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 576,80
Address
Adolph Romer Strasse 2A
38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 561 611,52
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FCIENCIAS.ID - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIENCIAS
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 237 720,24
Address
Campo Grande, Edificio C1, Piso 3
1749 016 Lisbon
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 562 553,28
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 576,80
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
WIENERBERGER NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Kapel Ter Bede 121
8500 Kortrijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (7)

GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
SHELL GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
Address
Lange Kleiweg 40
2288 GK Rijswijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOMINCOR - SOCIEDADE MINEIRA DE NEVES-CORVO SA
Portugal
Address
Minas De Neves Corvo
7780 409 Castro Verde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAXONIA Standortentwicklungs- und -verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Germany
Address
Halsbrücker Straße 34
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
Finland
Address
Rauhalanpuisto 9
02230 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments