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Foto: Separating non-valuable rock from the ore at the earliest possible stage minimizes costs and rubble in further processing of raw materials. (ref) ©Copyright: TUBAF / Detlev Müller

Sustainable Processing of Rare Earths (REE Nam Xe)

The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology and the UVR-FIA GmbH are developing a new strategy for processing the Vietnamese “Nam Xe” rare earth ore deposits in an environmentally friendly and economical manner. Optical sensors are to be employed in this endeavor. More
Foto: Mikroskopische Aufnahme eines Komplexerzes. Es besteht aus Wertmineralen wie Sulfiden (schwarz), Kassiterit (braun) oder Fluorit (beige), die die wirtschaftlich relevanten Elementen Indium, Kupfer, Eisen, Zinn oder Fluor enthalten können. (Ref) ©Copyright: HZDR

New Strategies for the Processing of Complex Ores (AFK)

AFK aims at developing technical solutions for processing the different value minerals in complex ores simultaneously in an economic, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly way. In order to achieve this, new methods have to be developed, already existing ones have to be enhanced and the entire process chain from the crushing of the ore through to the production of a marketable mineral concentrate must be optimized. More
Foto: Das Besucherbergwerk Pöhla im Erzgebirge ist eine der Lagerstätten, die die Verbundpartner aus Aachen, Clausthal, Freiberg und Tübingen auf Hightech-Metalle wie Gallium, Germanium oder Indium untersuchen wollen. (Ref) ©Copyright: Dr. Sandra Birtel

Resource Potential of Hydrothermal Deposits in the Variscan Belt (ResErVar)

Developing extensive models of the geological formation and distribution of mineral deposits, the HIF and its project partners aim to reassess raw materials potential here in Germany. The results will also serve as the foundation for the investigation of other raw material deposits. Additionally, the partners plan on establishing a graduate school to fos­ter junior scientists in geoscience. More
Foto: Viele Hightech-Produkte wie Mikroprozessoren sind ohne Seltene Erden undenkbar. ©Copyright: Flickr / Tom Hoyle (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/)

Molecular Containers for the Extraction of Rare Earths (SE-FLECX)

Experts from research and industry aim at testing if so-called calixarenes can be used as an alternative extraction medium in industrial extraction processes. The organic macromolecule, also called container molecule, is expected to simplify the extraction of metals and considerably decrease the usage of process chemicals. The project is coordinated by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. More
Foto: GERRI ref. ©Copyright: HZDR/ Taufrisch

German Resource Research Institute (GERRI)

GERRI is a cooperation between the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, RWTH Aachen, TU Clausthal and the Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS. It aims at gathering all national competencies, infrastructures, and strategies on raw materials in one virtual institute and at creating compatibility amongst them. More
Foto: BGR Helicopter ©Copyright: BGR/ Bernhard Siemon

Geophysical Exploration of Mineral Resources in the Erzgebirge

Testing and developing modern techniques in order to track down mineral resources at depths reaching 500 meters below is the main task in this project. Scientists combine geological data with airborne geophysical measurements. Therefore, an area of approximately 100 square kilometers around the city of Geyer in the Erzgebirge, a low mountain range located in Eastern Germany is currently explored. The ­information will ultimately be included in a high resolution three-dimensional geological model. More
Foto: In Mobiltelefonen und anderen Hightech-Produkten stecken viele wichtige metallhaltige Rohstoffe. In der BMBF-Fördermaßnahme r3 „Innovative Technologien für Ressourceneffizienz – Strategische Metalle und Mineralien“ erforschen Wissenschaftler Wege, um die Rohstoffeffizienz zu steigern. ©Copyright: Buero Quer

INTRA r³+

The funding measure "r³ - Strategic Metals and Minerals" is part of the BMBF framework program FONA - Research for Sustainable Development, which includes more than 25 collaborative research projects in Germany covering the research fields of recycling, raw material efficiency, substitution, urban mining and sustainability impact assessment. Emphasis is placed on the development of innovative ­techno­logies for resource efficiency with particular regard to economic, environmental and social aspects. More
Foto: Probematerial aus sächsischen Bergbauhalden, Foto: VNG/ Detlev Müller ©Copyright: VNG/ Detlev Müller

Raw Materials from Mining Residues

Experts are looking into how the valuable resources found in old tailing dams may be extracted in an economical and environmentally-friendly way. This would also help minimize the environmental risk inherent in the tailings, which contain high amounts of heavy metals. The ultimate goal is to come up with a reference method for extracting strategically important raw materials from residues of historic mining and beneficiation industries. More