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Robotic subsea exploration technologies

Objective

There is a need to develop an autonomous, reliable, cost effective technology to map vast terrains, in terms of mineral and raw material contents which will aid in reducing the cost of mineral exploration, currently performed by ROVs and dedicated SSVs and crew. Furthermore there is a need to identify, in an efficient and non-intrusive manner (minimum impact to the environment), the most rich mineral sites. This technology will aid the seabed mining industry, reduce the cost of exploration and especially the detailed identification of the raw materials contained in a mining sites and enable targeted mining only of the richest resources existing.

The ROBUST proposal aims to tackle the aforementioned issue by developing sea bed in situ material identification through the fusion of two technologies, namely laser-based in-situ element-analyzing capability merged with underwater AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) technologies for sea bed 3D mapping. This will enable resource identification done by robotic control enabled by the synergy between AUV hovering and manipulator capabilities. The underwater robotic laser process is the Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), used for identification of materials on the sea bed. The AUV Robotic vehicle will dive, identify the resources that are targeted for LIBS scanning through 3D real time mapping of the terrain (hydro-acoustically, laser scanners, photogrammetry) and position the LIBS in the required locations of mineral deposits on the ocean floor to autonomously perform qualitative and quantitative analyses.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-SC5-2015-one-stage

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Net EU contribution
€ 987 536,25
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom

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East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00

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CGG SERVICES SAS

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France
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€ 9 036,00
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27 Avenue Carnot
91341 Massy

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Essonne
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€ 0,00
ALS MARINE CONSULTANTS LTD
Cyprus
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€ 663 250,00
Address
Serifos 17
3046 Lemesos

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Yes
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Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
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€ 0,00
LZH LASERZENTRUM HANNOVER EV
Germany
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€ 1 237 784,00
Address
Hollerithallee 8
30419 Hannover

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL (GEOMAR)
Germany
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€ 549 000,00
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Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel

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Schleswig-Holstein Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
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€ 789 967,50
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Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
NEOLASE GMBH
Germany
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€ 190 643,75
Address
Hollerithallee 17
30419 Hannover

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
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€ 447 410,00
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Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE
Italy
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€ 228 130,00
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Viale Dell Universita Campus Folcara
03043 Cassino

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€ 0,00
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UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO
Italy
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€ 224 590,00
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Piazza Tancredi 7
73100 Lecce

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€ 0,00
CORONIS COMPUTING SL
Spain
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€ 659 375,00
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Parc Cientific I Tecnologic De La Universitat De G Fici Giroempren, Calle Pic De Peguera, N Umero 15
17003 Girona

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Girona
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Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00