New 5.4 million EU research project to find new deposits of critical raw materials


Scientists from GEUS will join a new collaborative research project to discover new deposits of critical raw materials for 'hi-tech' applications.

The pan-europe team, including geologists from GEUS, will use mineralogy, petrology and geophysical techniques to create advanced exploration models to determine where the valuable minerals can be found.

The four year project, which has received 5.4 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, begins this month.

At present, the EU is highly dependent on imports of raw materials that are crucial for a strong European industrial base, an essential building block of the EU's growth and competitiveness. Less than three-per-cent of the supply of critical raw materials - which include REE, phosphate, and niobium - issourced directly from Europe. However, experts believe that there is a wealth of unexplored mineral deposits located across the continent, which could be successfully mined.

The project team comprises of 12 partners, including five universities, staff from two national geological surveys and the Natural History Museum, London. Four industry partners will also garner world-leading expertise to develop and expand their businesses, transferring their expertise from Africa to Europe, as part of the project.

The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 689909.

HiTech AlkCarb - New geomodels to explore deeper for High-Technology critical raw materials in Alkaline rocks and Carbonatites

University of Exeter, England (Project leader)
Universität Tübingen, German
University of St Andrews, Scotland
G. d'Annunzio University, Italy
Mendel University, Czech Republic
Natural History Museum, London
Terratec Geophysical Services
Lancaster Exploration Ltd
A. Speiser Environmental Consultants
British Geological Survey (BGS)
>Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Research Scientist Samuel Weatherley, GEUS
Tel.: +45 91 33 38 68

Motzfeldt, South Greenland

Motzfeldt, South Greenland - one of the natural laboratories to be used during the project. Motzfeldt is one of the world's largest undeveloped multi-element (niobium, tantalum, zirconium and rare earth element) deposits.
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