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International award for ProMine Project

Project ProMine received the 1st Prize Award for best completed projects launched under the EU Framework Programme for industrial technology.

At the Industrial Technologies 2014 Conference, which took place in Athens between 9 and 11 April 2014, the project ProMine received the 1st Prize Award for best completed projects launched under the EU Framework Programme for industrial technology.

Selection of the best was made by the European Advisory Group which consisted of distinguished experts representing policy, industry and research organizations. Finalists were selected based on the submissions to the open call, the main criteria being the results the projects have achieved and their commercial results.

LNEG participated in the ProMine consortium led by Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).

The ProMine Project - Nano-particle products from new mineral resources in Europe

The non-energy extractive industry (NEEI) is a significant contributor to the economy of the EU providing metalliferous and non-metalliferous mineral resources to the society as well as direct and indirect employment. The philosophy behind ProMine is to stimulate the extractive industry to deliver new products to manufacturing industry. ProMine will kick-start a process of renewal whose momentum will carry over into the coming decennia.

Main objectives of the project

  • To develop the first pan-European GIS-based database containing the known and predicted metalliferous and non-metalliferous resources, which together define the strategic reserves (including secondary resources) of the EU.
  • To calculate the volumes of potentially strategic metals (e.g. cobalt, niobium, vanadium, antimony, platinum group elements and REE) and minerals that are currently not extracted in Europe.
  • To develop five new, high value, mineral-based (nano) products.
  • To enlarge the number of profitable potential targets in Europe.
  • To establish a new, cross-platform information group between the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP-SMR) and other platforms.

Project website: http://promine.gtk.fi/

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