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Innovative technologies and concepts for fine particle flotation: unlocking future fine-grained deposits and Critical Raw Materials resources for the EU

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821265

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 195 022,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 195 022,50

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany

Objective

Froth flotation is arguably the most important mineral separation technique. By making use of differences in surface properties between minerals, valuable particles are concentrated in large tanks by attaching to bubbles, which form a froth phase that overflows as a mineral-rich concentrate. However, current flotation technologies do not work adequately for fine particles, below 20 µm in size. This is a serious challenge at present limiting the exploitation of deposits and proper recycling of end of life products containing Critical Raw Materials (CRM). This FineFuture project will advance the fundamental understanding of fine particle flotation phenomena, which will lead to the development of ground-breaking technological solutions. This will not only help unlock new CRM deposits but also contribute to increase the resource and energy efficiency of current operations where the fines are lost to tailings. FineFuture will also enable proper reprocessing of old tailings deposits and be technology-transferred to other raw material particle-based processes within the circular economy, thus leading the way in the sustainable use of resources. For the EU industry the ability to float fine particles will be fundamental in securing access to raw materials in the future, yet to date there is no large scale collaborative effort to achieve this. The FineFuture consortium brings together an industry- and user-driven multidisciplinary team with the skills and experience required to tackle the challenging objectives set up for this project. Through a first of its kind research approach, the consortium’s combined expertise in science, engineering and industrial practice will allow a robust and knowledge-based development of innovative fine particle flotation technologies. This project will thus help boosting EU technologies for sustainable raw material processing in Europe and abroad, contributing to energy- and resource-efficient processing in benefit of the future generations.

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Address

Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 035 000

Participants (15)

BASF SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 264 910

KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ SA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 113 750

MAELGWYN MINERAL SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 550 500

ELLINIKI LEFKOLITHI ANONYMOS METALLEFTIKI VIOMIHANIKI NAFTILIAKI KAI EMPORIKI ETERIA (Grecian Magnesite Mining Industrial Shipping and Commercial Company Societe Anonyme)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 232 656,25

ERAMET IDEAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 128 750

MAGNESITAS NAVARRAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 237 500

TURBOFLOTSERVICE

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 425 000

INDUSTRIAL MINERALS ASSOCIATION EUROPE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 187 500

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 714 750

SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 327 500

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 500 000

SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 323 750

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 661 081,25

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 238 625

ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 253 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821265

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 195 022,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 195 022,50

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany