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EFG Project news - May 2017
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Dear EFG Delegates, 
 
Welcome to the new issue of Project News, our quarterly publication about the current status of the eight Horizon2020 projects in which EFG is involved.

We would appreciate if you could include information about these projects in your own dissemination channels in order to maximise the outreach all over Europe.

In particular, we require support from all Linked Third Parties (LTPs) in disseminating broadly the following two press releases linked here:
Launch of INTRAW operational reports
KINDRA project has launched the European Inventory of Groundwater Research

We remain at your disposal for any questions you might have and will provide you, upon demand, with publicity material for any of these projects. 
INTRAW
International cooperation on raw materials
PROJECT NUMBER: 642130
START DATE: 01.02.2015
DURATION: 36 MONTHS


The 36-months project INTRAW, which started in February 2015, aims to map best practices and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and technologically advanced countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States) in response to similar global challenges. The outcome of the mapping and knowledge transfer activities conducted in the first two years of the project will be used as a baseline to set up and launch the International Observatory for Raw Materials as a permanent raw materials knowledge management body.
 
EFG Role:
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is the coordinator of a consortium of 15 partners from different countries including Australia, the United States and South Africa. Most of EFG’s members are also part of the consortium as EFG Linked Third Parties.
 
Highlights for this reporting period:
The project consortium presented, in April 2017, three reports that focus on raw materials research & innovationeducation & outreach or industry & trade, in the five Reference Countries. These three reports underpin the development of a better understanding of the achievements made in these five countries in relation to the entire raw materials value chain. The operational report on research & innovation describes and compares the different innovation systems in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States, comprising – among others – the main role players, institutions and policies that drive research and innovation in the raw materials sector. The raw materials educational context in each of the Reference Countries is mapped in the operational analysis of education & outreach. The report on industry & trade notably includes the characterisation of industrial clusters related to raw materials in these countries and the way these clusters affect trade and global competition.
The findings of these operational reports also contribute to the design of the International Observatory on Raw Materials that is to be launched by the end of 2017. The Observatory will be a permanent international body that will remain operational after the end of the project, aiming at the establishment and maintenance of strong long-term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments.
The operational reports and their summaries are available through the project website at http://intraw.eu/publications/
We also invite you to follow the project’s seven-weeks-long social media campaign that provides further insights into the operational reports on FacebookTwitter and Linkedin.
As a next step, INTRAW will launch, in the coming weeks, three scenarios describing the world of raw materials in 2050.
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KINDRA
Knowledge Inventory for hydrogeology research
PROJECT NUMBER: 642047
START DATE: 01.01.2015
DURATION: 36 MONTHS


Groundwater and hydrogeology-related research activities cover a wide spectrum of research areas at EU and national levels. However, groundwater issues are quite often either ignored or considered only in insufficient detail and separated from the associated surface water bodies, despite groundwater’s critical importance as renewable, high-quality, naturally protected (but still vulnerable) resource that has significant impacts on both surface water bodies and ecosystems. The EU-funded KINDRA project seeks to take stock of our current knowledge of hydrogeology through an inventory of research results, activities, projects and programmes.
 
EFG Role:
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is the leader on the data collection and processing to  carry out EU-wide assessment of existing practical and scientific knowledge (using the developed HRC-SYS) focusing on EU, national, regional, international and EU-third party scientific activities. This assessment is implemented with the help of the national members of EFG. EFG is also involved in the dissemination activity.
 
Highlights for this reporting period:
The project website has renewed its look and content to facilitate the dissemination of news and information on the project’s findings. The cleaner, more modern design has been completed by adding images and sections that will help citizens to understand and support the actions of KINDRA.
On 24 April 2017, KINDRA has launched the European Inventory of Groundwater Research (EIGR). The Inventory is now open to the public and allows users to showcase their research to the community of European professionals actively contributing to the European water sector. The EIGR is a tool which allows for the inclusion of a wide range of information sources, ranging from scientific papers, hydrogeological maps, technical reports, book chapters to position papers.
The current version of the Inventory contains more than 2000 metadata records referring to or providing links to groundwater research carried out in Europe since the year 2000. These records have been compiled by experts of the EFG national member associations who have recollected information from diverse sources, consulting at national level the relevant reports and databases from universities, research centres, government bodies, regional and local administrative offices and other parties involved in groundwater research.
You may access the EIGR through the website: http://kindraproject.eu/eigr/
Efforts throughout 2017 will focus on carrying out a trend and gap analysis in order to identify and suggest specific recommendations for the update and progressive development of research and innovation agendas, in accordance to the Water Framework Directive.
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MINATURA
Developing a concept for a European minerals deposit framework
PROJECT NUMBER: 642139
START DATE: 01.02.2015
DURATION: 36 MONTHS


The EU funded MINATURA2020 project, a consortium of 24 partners from 19 European countries, is addressing this issue and seeks to improve the planning process by giving the minerals industry sufficient room to explore and develop, but respecting local environments, before, during and after the extraction of minerals takes place.  MINATURA2020 intends to discuss with all stakeholders a concept of Mineral Deposits of Public Importance (MDoPI) focusing on delivering solutions for a sustainable and holistic approach to mineral resource planning and management.
 
EFG role:
EFG is involved in the establishment of the Council of Stakeholders and leads the Work Package on Dissemination.
 
Highlights for this reporting period:
In 2016 a survey on “Mineral Deposits of Public Importance” has been launched aiming to collect information in order to obtain a Pan-European approach on the topic of safeguarding non-energy minerals. The survey is ongoing.
Several stakeholder workshops were organised at national level in the participating countries. A new series of stakeholder consultations is currently under preparation. In addition to the stakeholder consultations organised at national level, a LinkedIn forum has been created by EFG that aims to encourage discussions about the concept of Mineral Deposits of Public Importance (MDoPI).
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¡VAMOS!
¡Viable and Alternative Mine Operating System!
PROJECT NUMBER: 642477
START DATE: 01.02.2015
DURATION: 42 MONTHS


The aim of the EU-funded ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project is to design and build a robotic, underwater mining prototype with associated launch and recovery equipment, which will be used to perform field tests at four EU mine sites. Deriving from successful deep-sea mining techniques, the ¡VAMOS! mining solution aspires to lead to: 1) re-opening abandoned mines; 2) extensions of open cut mines which are limited by stripping ratio, hydrological or geotechnical problems; and 3) opening of new mines in the EU.
 
EFG role:
EFG supports the project through stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities.
 
Highlights for this reporting period:
The ¡VAMOS! prototype is being assembled at SMD, in Newcastle. The final assembly stages are running and they comprises the main subsea communication unit that controls and distributes data collected from sensors and surveillance equipment, and the hydraulic hose and electrical harness installation after which the prototype will enter the commissioning phase. Offloading and assembly of pontoons for the ¡VAMOS! prototype already started at the beginning of April in Damen (a project partner) facilities in The Netherlands. The first field tests of the prototype in “real conditions” at open-pit sites are scheduled to happen still in 2017.
On 24 April 2017, ¡VAMOS! opened the Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE1.1) session on the first day of the 2017 conference of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna.
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CHPM2030
Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies

PROJECT NUMBER: 654100
START DATE: 01.01.2016
DURATION: 42 MONTHS


The CHPM2030 project aims to develop a novel, pilot level technology which combines geothermal resource development, minerals extraction and electro-metallurgy in a single interlinked process. In order to improve the economics of geothermal energy production the project will investigate possible technologies of manipulating metal-bearing geological formations with high geothermal potential at a depth of 3-4 km in a way that the co-production of energy and metals will be possible and may be optimised according to the market demands in the future. Led by the University of Miskolc, the project will be implemented in the cooperation of 12 partners from 10 European countries.
 
EFG role:
EFG supports the activities relating to the CHPM2030 methodology framework definition (WP1), particularly the European data integration and evaluation: In 2016 EFG’s Linked Third Parties (LTP) have collected publicly available data at national level on deep drilling programmes, geophysical and geochemical explorations and any kind of geo-scientific data related to the potential deep metal enrichments. They have also collected data on the national geothermal potential.
During the second year, EFG will support the road mapping and preparation for Pilots (WP6), European Outlook. EFG’s Linked Third Parties will assess the geological data on suitable ore-bearing formations and geothermal projects, which were collected in WP1, in relation with the potential application of the CHPM technology. This work will combine these data with the outcomes of the most recent predictive metallogenic models. Only existing datasets will be utilised, no new surveys will be carried out.
EFG also leads the Work Package on dissemination.

Highlights for this reporting period:
Within Work Package 1 – Methodology framework definition, four deliverables have been published. D1.1 provides a review or the metallogenic provinces of Europe with a special focus on the mineral potential in the depth and temperature zones that are currently the target of EGS. D1.2. is an overview of four major ore districts in Europe, namely in SW England, southern Portugal, NW Romania and central and northern Sweden. It is completed with a survey of existing boreholes in the European countries, where temperatures at depth in access of 100°C are observed. The study also attempts to estimate the geothermal potential of the mineralised zones at depth. D1.3 summarises the results of mineralogical and geochemical laboratory investigations on ore samples, which represent the four study sites of the CHPM2030 project, completed with samples from other ore types. D1.4 provides a methodological framework for the laboratory measurements and data collection for modelling heat transport in WP2, and also reviews the existing reservoir enhancement technologies. The studies are available on the project website.
Thanks to efforts of EFG’s Linked Third Parties, the CHPM2030 brochure has been published, in January 2017, in 13 European languages. You may download the brochure at www.chpm2030.eu/outreach.
The third consortium meeting was held in Nottingham (UK) on 28-29 March 2017. During the two days, representatives of the project partners from different European countries discussed the latest updates on their work. They also planned the future steps that ought to be taken to guarantee the development of the project that aims at converting ultra-deep metallic mineral formations into an orebody-Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) in order to satisfy European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. The next consortium meeting will be held in Brussels in September 2017.
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UNEXMIN
Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

PROJECT NUMBER: 
690008
START DATE: 01.02.2016
DURATION: 45 MONTHS


Thirteen organisations from seven countries across Europe are collaborating in this ambitious project to develop a submersible robotic system for surveying and exploration of flooded mines. The €5M project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, will include the development of a Robotic Explorer (UX-1) for autonomous 3D mine mapping to gather valuable geological information that cannot be obtained in any other way: in general the mines will be too deep and dangerous for access by human divers.
 
EFG role:
Some of EFG’s national associations participate in this project as Linked Third Parties and support the consortium through data collection for the inventory of flooded mines. EFG also supports the Work Package on dissemination and EFG’s Third Parties will disseminate the project results at national level in web portals, newsletters, conferences, workshops, educational activities, exhibitions or any other relevant means.
 
Highlights for this reporting period:
From the 31st of January to the 2nd of February 2017, the UNEXMIN partners got together for an important three-day meeting entitled “Technology Appraisal Workshop”. The main objectives of this meeting were to review the work done in all areas of the project including technology developments, instrumentation and dissemination. The participants appraised the numerous technological developments, and conducted discussions in technical workshops and two internal meetings (Steering Committee and Advisory Board) with the goal of deciding the way forward for the coming year during which the construction of the first ‘UX-1’ robotic prototype will start. The Advisory Board, which includes professionals from robotics and raw materials, was present and provided their valuable input and expertise to the workshop. This convention also marked an important occasion for the project for two reasons: it took place as UNEXMIN completed one full year since its formal beginning in February 2016, and Milestone 2, ‘UX-1 technical specifications delivered’, was successfully achieved.
UNEXMIN will now continue with the development and testing of further technical instruments – especially with scientific equipment and sensors. In the following months we expect to complete the laboratory and real environmental tests on the instrumentation units and define the robot’s software architecture and mechanics, among others. In twelve-month’s time we hope to deliver a major milestone when the first UX-1 robot prototype will be ready.
On 21 and 22 March, the UNEXMIN project was represented in the MIN-GUIDE Policy Laboratory 2 (Innovations and supporting policies for minerals exploration and extraction), in Leoben, Austria. This workshop, organised in the frame of the MIN-GUIDE project, focused on new innovative technologies and supporting policies used, or to be used, in the minerals exploration and extraction activities. Project coordinator Norbert Zajzon delivered two talks about the UNEXMIN project to a technological audience.
The UNEXMIN project was also presented at EGU2017 (23-28 April 2017) by LPRC members. 
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MICA
Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis
PROJECT NUMBER: 689648
START DATE: 01.12.2015
DURATION: 26 MONTHS


The MICA project brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines in order to ensure that Raw Materials Information is collected, collated, stored and made accessible in the most useful way in order to correspond to stakeholder needs. Hence, the goal for MICA is to provide stakeholders with the best possible information, in a seamless and flexible way using an ontology-based platform, the European Union Raw Materials Intelligence Capacity Platform (EU-RMICP). To accomplish this goal, MICA will assess sources of relevant data and information and conduct analyses of appropriate methods and tools in order to provide guidelines and recommendations.
 
EFG role:
EFG supports the Work Package on communication, outreach and linkages. In collaboration with EuroGeoSurveys, EFG will be involved in the development of the communication strategy, the engagement with geosciences data providers & professionals and public outreach.
 
Highlights for this reporting period:
MICA provides an open-access platform to be released in early 2018, which is constructed on a complex ontology that enables to systematically source and present data from numerous databases and provide intelligence to its user.
The mapping of available datasets to address identified key questions on raw materials is being completed by the British Geological Survey, and a metadata inventory is being built. The inventory on raw materials data is one of the most relevant deliverables of MICA, and it will be concluded by November 2017.
In the frame of the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 in Helsinki, a MICA Side Event is scheduled for 7 June 2017. This event introduces the “Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis” (MICA) project to its stakeholders who work and stay up-to-date with developments in mineral intelligence, such as resource/reserve assessments, investment in mineral exploration, mineral life-cycles, socio-economic relevance of minerals, urban mining, and other.
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FORAM
Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials
PROJECT NUMBER: 730127
START DATE: 01.11.2016
DURATION: 24 MONTHS


The project Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM) will develop and set up an EU-based platform of international experts and stakeholders that will advance the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials and enhance the international cooperation on raw material policies and investments. This platform will work together on making the current complex maze of existing raw material related initiatives more effective. As such, the FORAM project will be the largest collaborative effort for raw materials strategy cooperation on a global level so far. Synergies with relevant EU Member States initiatives will be explored and fostered. Particularly, the project will seek to engage the participation of G20 Member countries and other countries active in the mining and other raw materials sectors, so that experiences will be shared and understanding of all aspects of trade in raw materials will be increased.
The FORAM project is coordinated by the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA) and supported by eleven additional leading organisations (EuroGeoSurveys, European Federation of Geologists, United Nations University, Leiden University, University Kassel, Clausthal University of Technology, ESM/Matsearch, Gondwana Empreendimentos e Consultorias, Servicio Geológico Colombiano, MinPol GmbH and La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies SL), which compose the FORAM consortium.
 
EFG role:
EFG leads Work Package 3 on “Strategic Planning” which will set the stage for the WFRM using a highly participative process. WP3 will define and present a long term vision and its strategic positioning as well as an appropriate framework to measure performance and to respond to geo-political, technological and economical changes.
 
Highlights for this reporting period:
In the first edition of its newsletter, the project informs about its Core Team, the Work Package Leaders. The newsletter also includes an interview with EFG President Vitor Correia, leader of Work Package 3 on Strategic Planning.
FORAM is now identifying the stakeholders that should be encompassed in the project network (by the United Nations University), and the EFG already started the definition of the World Forum of Raw Materials' vision and mission. In the coming months the stakeholders clustering will be advanced, and EFG will cooperate in the production of a global report on raw materials policies, to be completed by July 2017.
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These projects are funded by the European Commission's Horizon2020 programme.



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