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ideepMon: Intelligent Deep Mine Shaft Monitoring

This project deals with the development of the existing shaft survey systems, to an automated remote shaft inspection system, which allows an extended maintenance approach. The project idea contributes in particular to the strategic objectives of the KIC, as well as the improvement of the safety of the operation, in particular with regard to mining, automation, remote control and extended maintenance systems. Starting from the existing system of the partner DMT, the development of sensors and software in teams is planned, as well as a final test of a prototype system in the real mining environment of Boliden’s Garpenberg mine.



Intelligent Deep Mine Shaft Monitoring



Partner: MUL, DMT GmbH & Co. KG (lead), Boliden, DLR-OS, TU Freiberg, Silesian University of Technology Gliwice, TH Nürnberg, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Lehrstuhl für Automation – Paul O`Leary

Gesamtsumme: € 919.615

Fördersumme MUL: € 89.402

Raw Materials University Days

The RawMaterials University Days is a communication campaign which was launched by the European Commission in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. The aim of the Montanuniversitaet RawMaterials University Day was to attract young people that are finishing school and deciding on their path of future study, in order to inform them about the various study and career opportunities in the raw materials sector. Over 200 students and their teachers from schools all over Austria attended. They were invited to spend the day visiting the Erzberg mine and facilities of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben. The event was funded by the EIT RawMaterials KIC.

RM University Day


Fördersumme MUL: € 35.331

Regional Innovation Center on Raw Materials for East- and Southeast Europe

Under the heading “Regional Innovation Scheme”, a development mechanism initiated by the EIT Budapest to anchor previously non-integrated regions of Europe in a KIC, the RIC ESEE had implemented some activities in 2016. This marked further expansion of the South and South-Eastern European orientation, which was a priority. This one-year KAVA project included the activities mentioned in this report:

4th ESEE Dialogue Conference, 5th ESEE Dialogue & OPMR Conference, pilot workshops of the Innovation Academy, pilot for the International Mining School in Dubrovnik, KAVA Proposals for the KAVA Call 2016, focusing on the ESEE region, scientific work related to ESEE.


EIT RIS Scheme

Regional Innovation Center on Raw Materials for East- and Southeast Europe


Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Susanne Feiel

Gesamtsumme: € 225.000

Fördersumme MUL: € 225.000

Partner: MUL (lead), Universität Zagreb, Geological Survey of Slovenia, GeoZS, Technical University of Košice….

PyroFlex – Network on pyrometallurgical expertise and infrastructure for residue treatment

The PyroFlex Network has the overall aim to stimulate the development of pyrometallurgical processes that can deal with complex low grade residues, allowing the recovery/removal of elements present in very low concentrations, as well as the controlled solidification of the residual mineral matrix for subsequent valorisation. Because the related equipment is typically expensive and requires specific expertise to be properly operated, this network provides easier access to infrastructure (for partners in the network) and allows for a comprehensive service to outside clients. PyroFlex aims to reach these objectives by building a network primarily for lab scale equipment, providing proof of concept, complemented with thermodynamic calculations and process models. PyroFlex is not a stand-alone Network, but aspires to initiate an innovation trajectory, for instance by providing suitable cooling for further valorisation of the mineral matrix in the ResiduFlex Network, as well as by actively looking for Upscaling opportunities in close cooperation with the PilotMet network that can build on the PyroFlex output.



PyroFlex – Network on pyrometallurgical expertise and infrastructure for residue treatment

01/2016 – 12/2018

EIT RawMaterials – Network of Infrastructure

MUL (Partner), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, InsPyro N.V., Ghent University, Outotec, RWTH Aachen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Umicore NV

Lehrstuhl für Nichteisenmetallurgie – Stefan Steinlechner

Total: € 125.000

MUL: € 3.000

Slim – Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies

The general objective of the SLIM project is to develop a cost-effective and sustainable selective low-impact mining solution. This solution will be based on non-linear rock mass fragmentation by blasting models, airborne particulate matter, vibration affections and nitrate leaching mitigation actions for exploitation of small mineral deposits (including those with chemically complex ore-forming phases). This will positively affect the relevant mining value chain through a new generation of explosives and an advanced automatic blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models for optimum fragmentation and minimum rock damage and far-field vibrations. The development of SLIM will consequently bring an economic cost-effective exploitation of European mineral resources, with a reduced environmental impact and social acceptance. The feasibility technical, environmental and economic aspects of the entire approaches will be integrated to offer a real business solution. The final goal will be to ensure the economic viability of the entire SLIM process.



Slim – Sustainable Low Impact Mining solution for exploitation of small mineral deposits based on advanced rock blasting and environmental technologies

11/2016 – 10/2020


MUL , Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 3GSM Gmbh, Benito Arno E Hijos Sa, Bureau De Recherches Geologiques Et Minieres, Va Erzberg Gmbh, Investornet-Gate2growth Aps, Lulea Tekniska Universitet, Maxamcorp International Sl, Minpol Gmbh, Minera De Orgiva Sl, Technische Universitaet Graz, Zabala Innovation Consulting, S.A.

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Finn Ouchterlony

Total: € 6,979,200.00

MUL: € 1,173,812.50

Min Guide – Guidance for innovation friendly minerals policy in Europe

The MIN-GUIDE project, financed by Horizon 2020, started in February 2016. It aims to support the safe and sustainable supply of mineral resources in Europe by developing a new online source that presents guidelines and “good practice” examples for mineral policymakers. The main objectives of the project are: (1) the preparation of guidelines for the EU and EU Member States’ raw materials policy, (2) the facilitation of political decision-making through the presentation and possible transferability of the good practice examples, and (3) a network for innovation-friendly policy frameworks for raw materials. MIN-GUIDE will analyze the relevant policy in Europe and identify innovative “good practice” examples. These findings form the basis for the most important result of the project, an online “Minerals Policy Guide”.


Min Guide

Min Guide – Guidance for innovation friendly minerals policy in Europe

02/2016 – 01/2019


MUL , Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, University Of Westminster, Lulea Tekniksa Universitet, National Technical University Of Athens, Instituto Geologico Y Minero De Espana, University Of Aveiro, Gopa-Cartermill, University Of Zagreb-RGNF,

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Michael Tost

Total: € 1.999.625

MUL: € 182.125

Layterm – Layman courses for the Transfer of Expertise on Raw Materials


The objective of the EU-project “LAYTERM” is to develop and disseminate a suite of short courses on mineral raw material production for laypersons, such as policy makers, government employees, representatives from NGOs etc. The key deliverables will comprise course concepts and material for face-to-face learning as well as e-learning. The suite of courses is expected to contribute to raising awareness and acceptance of the mineral raw material sector. Course topic areas shall comprise different segments of the production chain or the mine life cycle, respectively: (i) mine project development, (ii) mining, minerals and metallurgical processing and (iii) environmental issues of mining and metallurgy.

In 2017 the concepts and the course documents were completed and the courses were evaluated. Two pilot courses with partners from industry, politics and NGOs were held in Leoben and Berlin, respectively. These courses on topics of extraction and processing of raw materials were highly appraised. Teaching materials and videos to use in a future online course were created. Commercialization of the LAYTERM content by a project partner is planned.



Layterm – Layman courses for the Transfer of Expertise on Raw Materials

04/2016 – 09/2017

EIT RawMaterials – Wider Society Learning

MUL (Partner), Chalmers University of Technology, Luleå University of Technology, DMT GmbH & Co. KG

Lehrstuhl für Aufbereitung – Wolfgang Lämmerer

Total: € 217.122

MUL: € 36.874

ECLC ProSchool – CLC‐EAST Professional School

ECLC ProSchool

The project “CLC‐EAST Professional School” provides an interlinked course program, which teaches the state of the art with a didactic concept tailored for the local industrial environment. The methodology in teaching couples multimedia e‐learning and MOOC courses with an intense face‐to‐face teaching program. The courses are tailored and continuously developed to meet and follow the needs and requirements of the industry in the CLC East region. An interconnection of the courses to the local Master‐ and PhD‐programs is foreseen. The program also will help career changers to enter raw materials industry easier. In the first step the professional school will focus on the CLC‐East region: The teachers as well as the customers will come from here.


ECLC ProSchool

ECLC ProSchool – CLC‐EAST Professional School

01/2016 – 12/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Education

MUL (Partner), TU Bergakademie Freiberg, TH Nürnberg, WRC EIT+, AGH‐UST

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Ulrike Haslinger

Total: € 327.363

MUL: € 41.499