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Innovative Technologies and Concepts for the Intelligent Deep Mine of the Future

Innovative Technologies and Concepts for the Intelligent Deep Mine of the Future

Objective

The mine of the future will exploit mineral raw materials at greater depths than today, requiring completely different approaches compared to today’s deep mines, in order to get mineral rights. Only these eco-efficient mines will contribute to improved access to domestic mineral resources, secure the supply of mineral raw materials for Europe and reduce the import dependency.
IntelliMine will contribute to realise these concepts of invisible, zero-impact and safe mines. The mine of tomorrow will run an integrated concept. All operations necessary for the eco-efficient provision of the minerals including waste management will be carried out underground. This will drastically reduce the volumes being transported, minimising above ground installations and thus the environmental impact.
IntelliMine will develop innovative methods, technologies, machines and equipment for the safe, eco-innovative, intelligent and economical exploitation of mineral raw materials in the EU, including maintenance issues, especially at greater depths. It will investigate autonomous, highly selective mineral extraction processes and machinery based on new sensor technologies as well as innovative concepts for mass flow management and transportation. Such investigations have to be accompanied by rock mechanics and ground control issues as well as health, safety and environmental issues.
The concept of an invisible, zero-impact mine requires a refined process underground that selectively extracts the minerals and therefore reduces waste production closer to the mineralisation. Therefore improved near to face processing methods including backfill procedures need to be developed. The necessary level of automation in mining operations can only be achieved by reaching a higher level of integration in all parts of a mine. Fully integrated underground technologies and processes for diagnosis and extraction as well as communication, health and safety issues are the key for the success of the concept.
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Coordinator

LUOSSAVAARA-KIIRUNAVAARA AB

Address

Pobox 952
971 28 Lulea

Sweden

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 675 560

Administrative Contact

Kent Tano (Mr.)

Participants (25)

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COMMODASULTRASORT GMBH

Germany

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 589 542

ABB AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 134 700

AGNICO-EAGLE FINLAND OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 54 700

BOLIDEN MINERAL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 272 580

CATERPILLAR GLOBAL MINING EUROPE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 808 199

GLOWNY INSTYTUT GORNICTWA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 557 493

TOMRA Sorting GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 805 245

DMT GmbH & CO. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 996 839

EuroGeoSurveys - EGS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 192 000

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 389 493

GEODATA ZIVILTECHNIKERGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 229 120

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 246 360

K+S Aktiengesellschaft

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 145 200,50

KGHM CUPRUM SPZOO ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA - CENTRUM BADAWCZO-ROZWOJOWE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 852 750

KOMPANIA WEGLOWA SA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 226 500

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 2 338 136

BASF CONSTRUCTION CHEMICALS EUROPE AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 366 000

Mineral Industry Research Organisation

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 688 460

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 520 969

SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 92 642,50

TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V KOSICIACH

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 783 514

VSH HAGERBACH TEST GALLERY LTD

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 661 200

COMPUTER CONTROL TECHNOLOGY SRO

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 372 000

DRAGER SAFETY AG & CO KGAA

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280855

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 25 922 250,80

  • EU contribution

    € 15 999 203

Coordinated by:

LUOSSAVAARA-KIIRUNAVAARA AB

Sweden