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New Exploration Technologies

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776804

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 901 276,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 901 276,25

Coordinated by:

GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

Objective

NEXT proposal has been compiled by a pan-European consortium, which consists of 16 partners from leading research institutes (3), academia (3), service providers (5) and industry (5). The members come from 6 EU member states (Fi, FR, DE, MT, ES and SE) and represent the main metal producing regions of Europe, Fennoscncian Shield, Iberian Pyrite Belt and Central European Belt. These economically most important metallogenic belts of the EU have diverse geology with evident potential for different types of new mineral resource. The mineral deposits in these belts are the most feasible sources of critical, high-tech and other economically important metals in the EU. The project consortium has also a vast international collaboration network, e.g. 50% of the Advisory Board members have been invited from outside EU.

In addition to the variable geology, the vulnerability of the environment and the glacial sedimentary cover in the Arctic regions of northern Europe, and the thick weathering crust and more densely populated nature of the target areas in the Iberian and Central European belts influence the mineral exploration in different ways. The social conditions in potential benefits and challenges also vary. Therefore the new environmentally sound exploration concepts and technologies will be optimized and tested on diverse mineral deposit types.

NEXT will develop new geomodels, novel sensitive exploration technologies and data analysis methods which together are fast, cost-effective, environmentally safe and socially accepted. Methods developed reduce the current high exploration costs and enhance participation of civil society from the start of exploration, raising awareness and trust. Moreover, the reduced environmental impact of the new technologies and better knowledge about the factors influencing social licensing will help promote social acceptance of both exploration and mining and therefore support the further development of Europe´s extractive industry.

Coordinator

GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Address

Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 419 810

Participants (15)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 492 312,50

RADAI OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 819 500

BEAK CONSULTANTS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 433 750

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 966 562,50

DMT GmbH & CO. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 552 153,75

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 577 375

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 562 700

INTEGRATED RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (IRM) COMPANY LIMITED

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 256 875

EFTAS FERNERKUNDUNG TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 500

MINAS DE AGUAS TENIDAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 95 500

LAPIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 107 937,50

LOOP AND LINE OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 122 175

MAWSON OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 86 875

VALORIZA MINERIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 80 250

YARA SUOMI OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776804

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 901 276,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 901 276,25

Coordinated by:

GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland