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INFACT Project

Exploration discovery of mineral resources requires innovations that either change the geological targets of exploration, the physical places that are reached, or the manner in which they are explored. Despite its rich history of mining and residual mineral wealth, current conditions within the EU present a number of social, political, legislative, cost, technical and physical obstacles to mineral exploration: obstacles to be overcome by innovation, dialogue and reform.

The Innovative, Non-invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies (INFACT) project unites stakeholders of Europe’s future raw materials security in its consortium and activities. Via effective engagement of civil society, state, research and industry, the project will focus on each of these obstacles.

It will co-develop improved systems and innovative technologies that are more acceptable to society and invigorate and equip the exploration industry, unlocking unrealised potential in new and mature areas. The project will develop innovative geophysical and remote sensing technologies (less-invasive than classical exploration methods) that promise to penetrate new depths, reach new sensitivities and resolve new parameters.

The project will also set the EU as a leader on the world stage by establishing permanent infrastructure to drive innovation in the next generation of exploration tools: tools that are cost-effective, designed for EU conditions and its raw materials strategy, and high-performing in terms of environmental impact, social acceptability, and technical performance.


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INFACT project: discussing challenges for mining in the 21st century

On 26 November 2018, an expert workshop on “Mining and Development” has been organised close to the INFACT project’s Spanish reference site in Seville. The workshop has been organised within the scope of the project’s stakeholder activities aiming at discussing with stakeholders at the project’s three reference sites the needs and requirements for “mining in the 21st century”.

The EU-funded INFACT project focuses on innovative, non-invasive exploration technologies and their test under realistic conditions. The project aims at developing technologies that are more acceptable to society and that will invigorate and equip the exploration industry, unlocking unrealised potential in new and mature areas. For this purpose, three European reference areas are being established in Germany (Geyer), Finland (Sakatti) and Spain (Minas de Ríotinto, Gerena).

The expert workshop in Seville has been attended by approximately 20 persons, including local and regional policy makers, representatives from industry, geological surveys, land use planning authorities and stakeholders from other European projects.

After a general introduction about the project by Isabel Fernández Fuentes, Executive Director of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), the relationship between mining and land use planning was analysed. In the afternoon session, an inspiring discussion about the basis for the renewal of the mining industry took place.

Learn more about INFACT at https://www.infactproject.eu/


INFACT Project: The future of raw materials exploration in Europe

The European Federation of Geologists is proud to announce the start of its project INFACT. This new EU-funded research project establishes reference areas for trialling new exploration technology in Germany, Finland and Spain.

Europe is about to become more attractive for the exploration of raw materials. Partners drawn from research and industry plan to develop innovative, non-invasive technologies and test them under realistic conditions. For this purpose, three European reference areas are to be established in Germany (Geyer), Finland (Sakatti) and Spain (Minas de Ríotinto, Gerena). To this end, the EU is investing around 5.6 million euros over the next three years in INFACT, a new research project in which EFG and 16 partners have joined forces. The project is being coordinated by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

Because the ore deposits of tomorrow are located in remote regions and deep underground, detecting these metal and mineral resources poses an ever-greater challenge in terms of technology. At the same time, the success of new exploration projects increasingly depends on the extent to which as many interest groups as possible from civil society can be brought on board. INFACT (Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies) brings partners from science and research, industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations into contact with local populations directly affected by exploration. Working in collaboration, these stakeholders aim to develop, exchange and disseminate environmentally-friendly technologies.

EFG leads the work package on dissemination and impact creation and several of the Federation’s National Associations will be actively involved in the project as Linked Third Parties.

The project’s kick-off meeting was held in Berlin from 4 to 6 December 2017.

More information is available in the press release.