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New Exploration Tools for European Pegmatite Green-Tech Resources

Objective

The manufacture of devices for green energy production and storage in Europe is a strategic, fast-growing sector which is essential in ensuring that the EU meets its energy and climate targets for 2030. It is worth an estimated €30 Bn in turnover, with investments of €4 Bn in the EU27, and is likely to create c.a. 100,000 jobs over the next 10 years. A major limitation to this is that 95% of the key raw materials for green energy devices are currently imported from outside the EU. Securing domestic deposits is therefore urgent for sustainable industrial development, mainly in retaining a large part of the added value, reducing supply risks and ensuring EU environmental standards for the production of raw materials. Exploration investment in Europe has declined in recent years due to increased technical demand and socio-political debate. Private sector engagement will increase only when technical solutions allow economically viable and environmentally friendly exploration and mining. Geologically, lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) and niobium-yttrium-fluorine (NYF) pegmatites are relatively common in Europe, enriched in many CRM needed for energy technologies but difficult to explore because most are buried, small and clustered. The GREENPEG approach will develop and test a set of high-level exploration technologies and algorithms to be integrated and upscaled into flexible, ready-to-use (TRL 7) toolsets for the identification of buried pegmatite ores. Validation of the new approach will be ensured from industry-led trials at locations in Austria, Ireland and Norway, while application studies will also be done in Finland, Portugal and Spain. Many of these target areas have established downstream processing industry, thus extending their value chains. The data acquired will enhance European databases, e.g. adding new petrophysical properties for pegmatite ores, making the toolsets also important for geological surveys and increasing the competitiveness of EU companies.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2019-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 317 902,50

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 686 927,50
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TERRATEC GEOPHYSICAL SERVICES GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 622 475
Address
Schillerstrasse 3
79423 Heitersheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEOKOMPETENZZENTRUM FREIBERG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 719 593,75
Address
Burgstrasse 19
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Other
BLACKSTAIRS LITHIUM LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 198 712,50
Address
The Black Churc St. Mary's Place
D07P4AX Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORGES GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOKELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 470 625
Address
Leiv Eirikssonsv Vei 39
7040 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
IFU GMBH PRIVATES INSTITUT FUR UMWELTANALYSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 483 437,50
Address
Gottfried Schenker Strasse 18
09244 Lichtenau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 593 415
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 779 766,25
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECM LITHIUM AT GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 235 375
Address
Schottenring 14
1010 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 603 250
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FELMICA - MINERAIS INDUSTRIAIS, S.A
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 264 687,50
Address
Quinta Do Ribeiro - Moimenta De Mac
3534-909 Mangualde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CIAOTECH Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 349 125
Address
Via Palestrina 25
00189 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)