The EU-funded ROBOMINERS project is organising its final conference “The future of mining in Europe – Minimising the environmental footprint through breakthrough technological innovations” on Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 9:30-12:30 CET, back-to-back with the EU Raw Materials Week in Brussels and online.
The primary objective of the EU-funded ROBOMINERS project is to facilitate the extraction of mineral resources, including strategically important metals crucial for the ongoing energy transition, from domestic sources within the European Union. To achieve this goal, ROBOMINERS is developing a bio-inspired robot specifically designed for mining deposits that are challenging to access or relatively small in scale.
The project is coming to an end and will present its main outcomes during the EU Raw Materials Week 2023. The event will also offer the opportunity to discuss the technological future of mining in Europe. Representatives of other EU-funded projects will debate the most promising technological developments allowing the sector to minimise the environmental impact of mineral extraction while highlighting the importance of EU research in this area.
Participation in the event is free but registration via the following link is required:
Please note that this is a hybrid event. Both onsite participation in Brussels and online attendance are possible.
9:30 – Opening – ROBOMINERS coordinator Claudio Rossi
9:45 – ROBOMINERS main outcomes
- Vision of the mine of the future – Gorazd Zibret
- Sensors – Giorgia Stasi
- Production tool – Michael Berner
- ROBOMINERS RM1-3: overview of prototypes – Jussi Aaltonen and Asko Ristolainen
- Bio-inspired mining, models, and simulation – Steve Henley
10:35 – Q&A
10:45 – Coffee break
11:05 – Panel discussion on the future of mining involving:
- DigiEcoQuarry – José Eugenio Ortiz
- illuMINEation – Philipp Hartlieb
- MasterMine – Kostas Botsialas
- Dig_IT – Guillermo Vaquero
- UNEXMIN GeoRobotics – Richard Z. Papp
- Moderation: Vitor Correia
12:20 – Conclusions – ROBOMINERS coordinator Claudio Rossi
12:30 – End of the event
A model of the mining robot as well as other technological components will be showcased during breaks in the theatre room of Le Plaza Hotel.