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European Training Network for the remediation and reprocessing of sulfidic mining waste sites

European Training Network for the remediation and reprocessing of sulfidic mining waste sites

Objective

For more than 100 years the EU mining industries have been discarding their extractive-waste residues. Estimates suggest this represents 29% of the EU-28’s current waste output. When poorly managed these residues are a significant environmental hazard. Sulfidic Cu-Zn, Zn-Pb and Cu-Zn-Pb tailings pose the largest challenge, as they are prone to acid mine drainage. However, these tailings also contain valuable metals. Recently, the EIP Raw Materials launched a “call to arms” to transform the “extractive-waste problem” into a “resource-recovery opportunity”. Additionally, the EIP has warned about the acute shortage of talent in this sector. In order to develop a highly skilled work force, to mitigate environmental risks and to economically recover valuable raw materials, the ETN for the remediation and reprocessing of sulfidic mining waste sites (SULTAN) provides the first-ever training programme dedicated to the reprocessing of tailings. SULTAN has pooled the interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise of leading EIT RawMaterials members, world-leading mining and chemical companies, covering all links in the tailings-reprocessing value chain. SULTAN develops cutting-edge methodologies to assess the resource potential of Europe’s main tailings families (WP1) and explores eco-friendly mining chemicals for advanced metal-extraction/recovery set-ups (WP2). SULTAN not only recovers the metals but also valorises the clean(ed) tailing residues in circular-economy applications, incl. inorganic polymers, green cements and ceramics (WP3). In WP4 a novel environmental assessment methodology is developed. The 15 SULTAN ESRs benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme (WP5) and maximise the impact of their research through dissemination & exploitation (WP6). This kick-starts their careers as highly employable professionals in the EU’s tailings reprocessing/remediation sector, as well as for geological surveys, teaching and scientific organisations, and public bodies.
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 025 280

Participants (7)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT CLAUSTHAL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 576,80

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 561 611,52

FCIENCIAS.ID - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIENCIAS

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 237 720,24

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 562 553,28

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 576,80

WIENERBERGER NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 256 320

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 256 320

Partners (7)

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GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

SHELL GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL BV

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

SOMINCOR - SOCIEDADE MINEIRA DE NEVES-CORVO SA

SAXONIA Standortentwicklungs- und -verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 812580

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2018

  • End date

    31 August 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 910 958,64

  • EU contribution

    € 3 910 958,64

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium