Last week, the Montan-University of Leoben (MUL) has organised its first workshop about the production tools of the robot miner that will be developed within the ROBOMINERS project. The meeting involved both senior researchers and students and triggered discussions about the actuator, production tools and conveying system of the robot. Several conventional and non- conventional methods/concepts have been discussed and compared.

 

Photo: FLTR – Jasmin Leitner, student; Benedikt Waidbacher, student, Dr. Michael Prenner, senior scientist, Roman Gerer, MSc, senior researcher; Eric Fimbinger, MSc, senior researcher

ROBOMINERS has been featured in the Mining Dot Com online magazine under the title “Robominers to scope Europe for resources humans can’t reach” read the full article here.

On 13 June 2019, the ROBOMINERS project has kicked off officially. The project financed by the Horizon 2020 program is set to last 48 months. The main goal is to facilitate EU access to mineral raw materials– including also those that are considered as strategic or critical for the energy transition – via the use of a fully functional modular robot miner prototype capable of operating, navigating and performing selective mining in a flooded underground environment.

ROBOMINERS project will improve access to European raw materials by developing a bio-inspired, modular and reconfigurable robot-miner for small and difficult to access mineral deposits

ROBOMINERS is a new project funded under the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement n°820971) which aims at creating a bio-inspired robot capable of mining underground mineral deposits.

Check our press release here.