The UNEXUP project, funded under EIT RawMaterials, was a direct continuation of the Horizon 2020 UNEXMIN project. While in UNEXMIN efforts were made towards the design, preparation and testing of an innovative exploration technology for underground ﬂooded mines, in UNEXUP the main goal was to launch the UNEXMIN technology into the market as an exploration service, while further improving the UX-1 multi-robot platform.
UNEXUP commercially deployed a 3D mine mapping / raw materials exploration service based on a new class of explorer robots, for non-contact assessment of Europe’s ﬂooded mines. A real service-to-client approach has been demonstrated, supporting mineral exploration and mine surveying efforts in Europe with unique data from ﬂooded environments that cannot be obtained without high cost, or risk to human lives.
The robot’s ability to gather high-quality and high-resolution geological, mineralogical and topographic information from currently inaccessible mine sites has increased the knowledge of mineral deposits in Europe, whilst reducing exploration costs – such as the amount of deep exploration drilling required. This became a game changing exploration technology in the mining community, where the battle for resources is ever increasing.
- Improve system hardware, software and capabilities
- Test the robot’s performance in different pilot tests
- Bring commercial interest to its innovative technology
- Launch the service into the market
LPRC led the Work Package 4 (Communication, dissemination and outreach); and Task 0.4 (Customer relations)
For more information, please contact Luís Lopes at luislopes_at_lapalmacentre.eu