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Integrated mineral technologies for more sustainable raw material supply

Objective

The aim of ITERAMS is to develop a proof of concept for more environmentally friendly and economic mine site operations, in Europe and globally. For that, the ITERAMS project focuses on the isolation of process waters completely from the adjacent water systems. This will require development of new methods for optimising and controlling water qualities at each process step. As a bonus, this will also facilitate the recovery of additional valuable constituents.

The ITERAMS project will develop research and dimensioning protocols suitable for use at the mines processing different ores. In this context, validation of the concepts will have an essential role. In the planned project, it will be performed at selected mine sites processing sulphide ores, although the concepts will be generic and thus also suitable for other types of ores like gold, rare earth, and phosphate ores.

The closure of water cycles at each process stage will inevitably increase their thermodynamical and kinetic unstability (as is also the case with conventional tailing ponds). In addition, water temperatures will also increase, causing higher bacterial growth, especially for iron and sulphur oxidising species. This will result in a dynamic situation that has never so far been worked on. The ITERAMS project will create new academic and industrial knowledge and capabilities to tackle such questions. The tightly closed water cycles can be realised only if the tailings can be filtered and stacked dry. ITERAMS will demonstrate the use of geopolymerisation to create water and oxygen tight covers on the deposited tailings. For that, the tailings streams will be modified for their easier geopolymerisation.

The ITERAMS water and waste efficient methods will be validated at mine sites in Finland, in Portugal and additionally either in Chile or South Africa.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-OneStageB
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 915 780

Participants (16)

METSO OUTOTEC OYJ

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Toolonlahdenkatu 2
00101 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 868 645
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 618 750
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BOLIDEN KEVITSA MINING OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 222 375
Address
Kevitsantie 730
99670 Petkula
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HACETTEPE MINERAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 518 156,25
Address
Hacettepe Teknokent 4, Ar-ge Binasi 51, Beytepe Cankaya
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 388 750
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GREENDELTA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 534 500
Address
Kaiserdamm 13
14059 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMA ENGINEERING LTD OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 248 812,50
Address
Luoteisrinne 4A
02770 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ANGLO AMERICAN PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 202 500
Address
20 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5AN London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 841 421,25
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 655 563,75
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CASPEO SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 298 500
Address
Avenue Claude Guillemin 3
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 231 250
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AMPHOS 21 CONSULTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 506 248,75
Address
Calle Venezuela 103 Planta 2 Puerta 1
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOMINCOR - SOCIEDADE MINEIRA DE NEVES-CORVO SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 269 375
Address
Minas De Neves Corvo
7780 409 Castro Verde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
METSO OUTOTEC FINLAND OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 594 736,75
Address
Lokomonkatu 3
33101 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)