Program: Horizon 2020: Mining of small and complex deposits and alternative mining
Budget: EUR 9 200 000
Duration: 48 months: 2015-02-01 to 2019-02-01.
The ¡VAMOS! project has designed and built a robotic, underwater mining prototype with associated launch and recovery equipment. The system was extensively tested on two European sites: the Lee Moor mine, UK, and at SIlvermines, Ireland, with positive results.
¡VAMOS! technology represents an automated solution for the extraction and pre-processing of ores found in water-bearing strata inland or in coastal waters. ¡VAMOS! engaged with all stakeholders to make sure that the solutions developed are environmentally, economically, and socially acceptable. This was a staple of the project development. The safe, clean and low impact mining technique developed can provide access to currently unreachable deposits, thus encouraging new investment and helping to safeguard EU access to strategically important minerals, in accordance with the pillars of European raw materials policy and strategies.
LPRC coordinated two work packages: WP1 – Innovation Targets and Stakeholder Engagement and WP6 – Feasibility, Viability and Market Up-Take. Within this work packages, LPRC was responsible to develop an innovation agenda, to created and maintain stakeholder engagement with relevant groups, contributed to dissemination and communication at different events and contributed with two important reports on policy recommendations for the uptake of the ¡VAMOS! technology and on future research roadmap to further develop the system. These will also contribute to a pathway for the development of a strong European supplier base of future technological solutions supporting the concepts evolving around the ¡VAMOS! project.
For more information please refer to the project website www.vamos-project.eu or contact Luís Lopes at luislopes_at_lapalmacentre.eu.