The ¡VAMOS! project has designed and built a robotic, underwater mining prototype with associated launch and recovery equipment. The system is being tested on various sites in Europe.
The ¡VAMOS! project has developed a novel automated solution for the extraction and pre-processing of ores found in water-bearing strata inland or in coastal waters. ¡VAMOS! engages with all stakeholders to make sure that the solutions developed are environmentally, economically, and socially acceptable. This is currently being demonstrated at selected pilot sites across Europe. The safe, clean and low impact mining technique will provide access to currently unreachable deposits, thus encouraging new investment and helping to safeguard EU access to strategically important minerals.
Our role in the project
LPRC is coordinating two activities: WP1 – Innovation Targets and Stakeholder Engagement and WP6 – Feasibility, Viability and Market Up-Take. In addition, a Future Research Roadmap will be created, providing, from one side, recommendations for the further development of the ¡VAMOS! technology, and on the other side also a pathway for the development of a strong European supplier base of future technological solutions supporting the concepts evolving around the ¡VAMOS! project.