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KINDRA: Knowledge Inventory for Hydrogeology Research

http://kindraproject.eu

‘This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº.642047’

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.

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. The IGI are a Linked Third Party for this Project.


INTRAW: International Raw Materials Observatory

http://intraw.eu

‘This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 642130.’

INTRAW is a three-year EU funded project in the framework of the Horizon2020 programme. The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is the coordinator of a consortium of 15 partners from different countries including Australia, United States and South Africa. The IGI are part of the consortium as EFG third parties.

INTRAW project aims to map and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States, addressing:
•Research and innovation;
•Raw materials policies and strategies;
•Joint educational and skills programmes;
•Licensing and permitting procedures;
•Data reporting systems;
•Exploration, extraction, processing and recycling practices;
•Management and substitution of Critical Raw Materials.

The outcome of the mapping and knowledge transfer activities will be used as a baseline to set and launch the European Union’s International Observatory for Raw Material.


UNEXMIN: Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

http://www.unexmin.eu

‘This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 690008’

This new H2020 project will develop a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded underground mines.

The Robotic Explorer (UX-1) will use non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine mapping for gathering valuable geological and mineralogical information. This will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe’s abandoned mines could be supported by actualised data that can not be obtained by any other ways. The Multi-robot Platform will represent a new technology line that is made possible by recent developments in autonomy research that allows the development of a completely new class of mine explorer service robots, capable of operating without remote control. Such robots do not exist nowadays; UX-1 will be the first of its kind. Research challenges are related to miniaturisation and adaptation of deep sea robotic technology to this new application environment and to the interpretation of geoscientific data.

IGI participate in this project as a linked third parties and support the consortium through data collection for the Inventory of flooded mines. EFG leads the Work Package on dissemination, the EFG Third Parties will disseminate the results of the UNEXMIN project at national level in web portals, newsletters, conferences, workshops, educational activities, exhibitions or any other relevant means.


CHPM2030: Combined Heat, Power and Metal Extraction

http://www.chpm2030.eu

‘This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº654100

The CHPM2030 project (project number: 654100) 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. The IGI are a Linked Third Party through EFG for this Project.