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Increasing yield on Tungsten and Tantalum ore production by means of advanced and flexible control on crushing, milling and separation process

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Type of activity
Competitive project
Acronym
OptimOre
Funding entity
Commission of European Communities
Funding entity code
H2020-642201-OptimOre
Amount
1.118.890,00 €
Start date
2014-12-01
End date
2018-02-28
URL
http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/642201 Open in new window
Abstract
Modern economy is highly dependent on specific raw materials, and it is envisaged that this dependency will increase in the near future. Most of them are scarce in EU and of poor purity, being mixed within complex and low grade aggregates which need to be processed by means of a separation process consuming high quantities of energy and water, and even in some cases this makes its exploitation unfeasible due to production costs.
Being EU dependent on some of these materials, as identified by EIP initiative, our society is demanding more efficient extracting processes to contribute to major European independency on these Critical Raw Materials.
Tungsten and Tantalum ores are two recognized CRMs: In a market currently dominated by China and Russia production (among others), in Europe Tungsten (limited) production is mostly concentrate into UK, Spain and Portugal . On the other side, Tantalum is a key element on electronics with clear EU external production dependency, as it is naturally really scarce in Europe (only 1% of world production is concentrated in EU).
Knowing this situation, OptimOre Project proposes the research and development of modelling and control technologies, using advanced sensing and advanced industrial control by means of artificial intelligence techniques, for the more efficient and flexible Tantalum and Tungsten ores processing from crushing to separation process, with the participation of relevant international players in the mining field on research (Chalmers University- Dr. Magnus Evertsson, Exeter University with Dr. Richard Pascoe, Freiburg University with Dr. Holberg Lieberwirth, among others). The project proposes a 3 years collaboration among 8 partners of 4 different countries.
Scope
Europa
Plan
HORIZON 2020 (2014-2020)
Call year
2014
Funcding program
Pilar Reptes Socials
Funding subprogram
SC5. Canvi Climàtic, mediambient, eficiencia de recursos i materies primeres. SC5-2014-one-stage
Funding call
Growing a Low carbon, Resource Efficient Economy with a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials
Grant institution
European Commission

Participants

Scientific and technological production

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