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Biotechnology for Metal bearing materials in Europe

Objective

This IP is aimed at "the production of tomorrow" and involves biotechnological research to provide "radical changes in the Basic Materials industry for cleaner, safer and more eco-efficient production". The objective is to develop sustainable solutions covering the whole life cycle of products and equipment. Technological breakthroughs will allow the integration of innovative biotechnology based processes for recovery of metals from primary materials such as ores and concentrates, and secondary materials such as mining wastes, metallurgical slags, scrap and combustion ashes.

Processes will be developed which give consideration for eco-design, eco- and renewable materials and zero waste, with the aim of protecting people and the environment. The biotechnologies to be investigated will include bio-leaching,
- oxidation, -sorption, -reduction, -accumulation, -precipitation, -flotation, -flocculation and bio-sensors, as well as microbiological research. The ultimate objective will be the establishment of environmentally friendly biotechnologies, which are economic particularly at a small scale and will provide an alternative to current technologies such as roasting and smelting. The anticipated breakthroughs under the RTD programme will be commercially evaluated through integrated piloting of the new processes together with preliminary economic assessments.

This will provide a sound basis for decisions by industrial companies on whether to then proceed to commercial demonstration. The work will be enhanced by Training and Educational activities. The Project will adopt a multi-discipline approach involving mining companies, waste treatment facilitators and equipment/instrument suppliers. The Consortium has achieved a critical mass being comprised of 35 partners. A strong management structure will be put in place with a Management Committee mandated by a governing Council with representatives of all partners and the EC.

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Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

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39-43. Quai AndrÉ Citroen - Tour Mirabeau
Paris

France

Participants (37)

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BIOCLEAR B.V.

Netherlands

BOLIDEN MINERAL AB

Sweden

CELLFACTS INSTRUMENTS LTD

United Kingdom

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

COPPER INSTITUTE OF BOR

DE BEERS CONSOLIDATED MINES LTD

South Africa

GREENWICH RESOURCES PLC

United Kingdom

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

INSTITUTE FOR NONFERROUS AND RARE METALS

Romania

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL EXPLORATION

Greece

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA, TECNOLOGIA E INOVACAO

Portugal

INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH

Poland

KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ S.A.

Poland

LULEA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Sweden

MEAB METALLEXTRAKTION AB

Sweden

MILTON ROY MIXING

France

MINTEK

South Africa

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

OUTOKUMPU RESEARCH OY

Finland

PAQUES B.V.

Netherlands

PE EUROPE GMBH

Germany

RIO TINTO TECHNICAL SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

SA UMICORE NV

Belgium

SKELLEFTEA KOMMUN

Sweden

TAMPERE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Finland

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN

Germany

TECNICAS REUNIDAS S.A.

Spain

UMEA UNIVERSITY

Sweden

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH

South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF WALES, BANGOR

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITÄT DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 500329

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2008

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 442 380

  • EU contribution

    € 11 566 000

Coordinated by:

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France