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Innovative, Non-invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies

Innovative, Non-invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies

Objective

Exploration discovery of raw material resources requires innovations that either change the geological targets of exploration, the physical places that are reached, or the manner in which they are explored. Despite its rich history of mining and residual mineral wealth, current conditions within the EU present a number of social, political, legislative, cost, technical and physical obstacles to raw material exploration: obstacles to be overcome by innovation, dialogue and reform.

The Innovative, Non-invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies (INFACT) project unites stakeholders of Europe’s future raw materials security in its consortium and activities. Via effective engagement of civil society, state, research and industry, the project will focus on each of these obstacles. It will co-develop improved systems and innovative technologies that are more acceptable to society and invigorate and equip the exploration industry, unlocking unrealised potential in new and mature areas.

The project will develop innovative geophysical and remote sensing technologies (less-invasive than classical exploration methods) that promise to penetrate new depths, reach new sensitivities and resolve new parameters. The project will also set the EU as a leader on the world stage by establishing permanent infrastructure to drive innovation in the next generation of exploration tools: tools that are cost-effective, designed for EU conditions and its raw materials strategy, and high-performing in terms of environmental impact, social acceptability, and technical performance.

INFACT is comprised of the following main components:
Development and test of innovative, non-invasive exploration technologies
Foundation of 3 test sites for exploration technology in the south, centre and north of Europe
Stakeholder engagement, education and policy reform
These actions combine to reach each of the main areas in which the EU has the power to influence change in its raw materials security.
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Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Address

Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 537 037,50

Participants (18)

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DIALOGIK GEMEINNUETZIGE GESELLSCHAFT FUER KOMMUNIKATIONS- UND KOOPERATIONSFORSCHUNG mbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 426 143,75

ASISTENCIAS TECNICAS CLAVE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 213 625

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 199 336,25

FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES GEOLOGUES

France

FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES GEOLOGUES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 790 000

ATALAYA RIO TINTO MINERA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 12 500

COBRE LAS CRUCES SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 12 500

AA SAKATTI MINING OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 12 500

SRK EXPLORATION SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 527 500

AARHUS GEOFISICA SRL

Italy

GEOGNOSIA SLL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 188 200

SUPRACON AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 186 625

GALSA (PTY) LTD

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 315 700

AGENCIA DE INNOVACION Y DESARROLLODE ANDALUCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 255 927,09

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 196 923,75

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 383 402,50

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 145 608,75

AARHUS GEOPHYSICS APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 220 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776487

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 624 029,59

  • EU contribution

    € 5 624 029,59

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany