Historical extractive waste dumps, CRMs and base metal valorization; rehabilitation, holistic characterization; geophysical characterization; mineralogic characterization;
1. Supply of raw materials from exploration and mining
ECOMET is searching for foreign partners for an upcoming ERAMIN3 Project proposal. ECOMET is interested in submitting a proposal as project coordinator in the following topic of the ERA-MIN3 join call: Topic 1. Supply of raw materials from exploration and mining. The project approaches not only subtopics of the above main topic, as 1.1: Exploration; 1.3: Mine closure and reclamation, but cross-over ones as: 4.6: Increase recycling or reuse through information and communication technologies (ICT); 5.1: New business models (implementing circular economy aspects); 5.2: Improvement of methods or data for environmental impact assessment; 5.4: Health and safety issues
The project aims increasing supply capacity within the EU from secondary sources as historical mine and metallurgical ponds/dumps in line with EU Circular Economy Policy and the Circular Economy Action Plan, 2020. Romania has over about 340 million m3 of tailings originated from different mines. Hence, the project advances re-mining and site rehabilitation from a truly holistic perspective i.e. detailed characterization of the dumps/dams through an integrated set of geophysical (ERT, GPR, ISP, GIS) and mineralogical methods. This holistic approach will provide all the data needed for establishing the feasibility for CRMs, base metals and mineral valorization and, finally, for site rehabilitation. In this regard, we are looking for partners with expertise on geophysical waste dump characterization and/or interested in deploying the envisaged cutting-edge digital technology aimed to tracking, tracing, mapping and quantifying the secondary resources occurring in historical mine and metallurgical dumps across EU. It worth noting that, without a such technology, no reliable feasibility plan can be cast for a dump valorization and rehabilitation.
ECOMET has a long and valuable experience in the field of the eco-efficient technologies, advanced materials for high-level industries, eco-materials development with focus on environmental applications, recovery and recycled valuable by-products, energy storage.
ECOMET as part of Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, former Metallurgy Faculty, from University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest has skills and competences to build-up a complex and dynamic research within this topic. Thus, ECOMET has approached the environmental impact of the metallurgical industry i.e. pollution impact of the on-going metallurgical plants, smelter shops, steel plants including the extractive and metallurgical waste management.
The ECOMET team performs teaching activities and research-development and innovation activities under Circular Economy concept in the metallurgical sectors from Romania and supporting the raw material supplying chain for metallurgy through transforming extractive and metallurgical wastes into secondary resources. This approach is supported by a huge number of industrial wastes in Romania, and EU, that contain valuable base metals (Zn, Pb, Fe etc.) and probably CRMs. On the other hand, historical deposits create a great environmental and health concern. Accordingly, ECOMET has the expertise for environmental impact assessment of metallurgical sites regarding environmental factors (air, water, soil) and human health quality. In this direction, ECOMET has developed a research and expertise infrastructure for monitoring and characterization of environmental factors and wastes through XRFS, XRD, AAS, FTIR, LOI methods. Also, ECOMET can perform granulometric analysis, levigate analysis (HPLC, UV-VIS, pH etc.).
The research expertise of ECOMET in the field of waste management and pollutant impact assessment is sustain by the publications (books, articles, conference papers etc.), research projects and collaborative work as can be seen on its site www.ecomet.pub.ro.