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Topic / Target >NMP.2012.4.1-1 New environmentally friendly approaches in minerals processing


As a response to the shortage of some minerals on global markets, the EU Raw Materials Initiative and the Europe 2020 strategy has called for improving the raw materials efficiency and supply to the EU society. The overall objective is to develop new innovative clean and resource efficient mineral processing routes and technologies for a better utilisation of mineral raw materials that will be acceptable for the EU citizens and easily applicable in a highly regulated EU environment.

The proposals should address the whole processing chain from mined rock to high grade marketable material of one or more selected metallic, industrial or construction minerals. The research should aim at innovative approaches for developing and integrating new automated, safe, cost-effective and resource-efficient mineral processing routes and technologies, closely linked to extraction. Research activities should focus on several of the following areas:
- in-situ comminution and separation, minimising transport of process volumes and waste;
- novel technologies for the processing of low-quality raw materials and tailings with increased removal of impurities and recovery of usable minerals, including base and precious metals, but also critical raw materials for the EU15, for example rare earth elements.
- closed process system with non-toxic reagents with zero impact on existing surroundings, and where appropriate mobile mineral processing plants;
- advanced waste, water and energy management;
- better process control and automation through intelligent IT based systems for process intensification and reducing human exposure.
Deliverables include the field demonstration of the integrated processes and technologies above. Project proposals are also expected to contribute to:
- roadmaps and other contributions to related policies and initiatives on raw materials at the EU and Member State levels;
- promoting best practices and new best available technologies in the field;
- related standardisation and normalisation activities.

In order to ensure industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of both minerals and downstream industrial partners represents an added value to the activities and this will be reflected in the evaluation, under the criteria Implementation and Impact.


Start date: 20/07/2011
End date: 08/11/2011
Total budget
for this call: 110.000.000
Consortia must consist of, at least, three independent legal entities from three different Member States or Associated Countries
(CP - IP) FP7-NMP-2012-LARGE-6 Large scale integrating collaborative projects

Raw materials

Raw materials are essential for the sustainable functioning of modern societies. Access to and affordability of mineral raw materials are crucial for the sound functioning of the EU's economy and the competitiveness of European industry. For this reason, this wok programme places renewed emphasis on raw materials: in particular, extraction and processing, reduction of waste and recycling.

The integration of knowledge and technologies of the three areas of research above is essential in order to speed up the transformation of European industry and its economy, while adopting a safe, socially responsible and sustainable approach. The research will focus on new applications and novel, step-change solutions responding to major challenges, including the RTD needs identified by the different European Technology Platforms.

This research should enable and sustain the knowledge-based transformation of current industrial sectors and the development of new science-based sectors through the integration of new knowledge from nano-, materials-, and production technologies in sectoral and crosssectoral applications. The RTD approaches and objectives applied by the partners should lead to results (products, processes, methods, etc) and impacts which must observe the guidelines of the sustainable development paradigm, namely the public health, worker safety, environmental protection and the societal dimensions, including governance concerns (public awareness and acceptance). Furthermore this research work must constitute an opportunity for Europe to consolidate the optimal normalisation and standards needed.

Several cross-cutting dimensions could be considered while handling the vast array of sectors and applications and could further inspire the emergence of topics:
− Transforming traditional industry, which faces the challenge of low-cost competition, as well as rapidly changing market expectations and behaviour. It should increase its productivity through new processes, high-added value products and new business models.
− Fostering scale-intensive and specialised suppliers industry through the adoption and integration of new advanced technologies thus enabling the improvement of its leadership in the global market.
− Promoting Science-based Industry which will play a key role in establishing a highvalue European industry. It will need the integration of most of the advanced technologies dealt with in Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production activities, enabling the development of new, high value, products and services, processes and even leading to new industries.
− Towards a sustainable supply industry is another key objective in supporting product and productivity innovation, especially for sectors with a large environmental impact.
Nano-sciences, Nano-technologies, Materials and New Production Technologies

The objective of this theme is to improve the competitiveness of European industry and generate knowledge to ensure its transformation from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry, by generating step changes in knowledge and implementing decisive knowledge for new applications at the crossroads between different technologies and disciplines.

This will benefit both new, high-tech industries and higher-value, knowledge-based traditional industries, with a special focus to the appropriate dissemination of RTD results to SMEs.

These activities are primarily concerned with enabling technologies which impact all industrial sectors and many other Seventh Framework Programme themes.

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