Partner offer (competences/expertise)
VALORISATION OF WASTE MATERIAL FROM EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY APPROACH (ERA-MIN 2 2017 CALL)
The Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork is seeking industry and academic partners for this proposal from ERA-MIN 2 eligible countries. The industry partner would be a producer and/or potential end user of wastes from extractive industries. It is anticipated that the industry would work with a local academic partners in investigating the potential reuse of the target waste stream.
OVERVIEW OF PROPOSAL
Waste from extractive operations (i.e. waste from extraction and processing of mineral resources) is one of the largest waste streams in the EU.1 It involves materials that must be removed to gain access to the mineral resource, such as topsoil, overburden and waste rock, as well as tailings remaining after minerals have been largely extracted from the ore. Traditionally, the focus for companies generating these waste streams has been on the safe management to ensure in particular the long-term stability of disposal facilities and to prevent or minimise any water and soil pollution arising from leaching. However, many of these waste streams contain valuable resources and materials and frequently critical raw materials. This proposal, led by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork, Ireland, will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of recycling and reusing wastes from a number of extractive industry across 2-3 countries in Europe. The proposal will have a blend of industrial and academic partners which will examine potential uses and pathways for valorisation of the target waste streams. Whilst the focus of the potential end of use for the waste stream will be local, it is expected and essential that there will be synergies between the sets of activities in the 3-4 countries.
At University College Cork, we will characterise quarry by-products in geological terms with a view to identifying suitable raw materials streams for which quarry by-products can be engineered.
ABOUT ERA-MIN2 CALL
The proposed project falls within sub-topic area 1.2 of the ERA-MIN 2 2017 Call.
1. Supply of raw materials from exploration and mining
1.2 Mining operations, e.g.
- Smart and eco-efficient technologies for mining
- Extraction of raw materials from historical dumps and tailings
- Enhanced landfill mining
- Technologies for the extraction of unconventional resources incl. intelligent mining
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork, Ireland is an internationally recognised Institute for environmental, marine and energy research dedicated to the understanding and protection of our natural environment and to developing innovative technologies, tools and services to facilitate a transformation to a low carbon, resource efficient society. The Institute brings together over 300 environmental researchers from across science, engineering, business and humanities to address complex environmental challenges in a multi-disciplinary approach.
Mining operations (ERA-MIN 2 Joint Call)
Dr Maria O Mahoney
Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork
Organisation: Higher Education