Viable Alternative Mine Operating System

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, a new 42 month Research & Development Project
has been launched to enable the exploitation and rehabilitation of underexploited and abandoned European deposits of mineral raw materials

Horizon 2020 programme

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, a new 42 month Research & Development Project, has been launched to foster the exploitation and rehabilitation of underexploited and abandoned European deposits of mineral resources. The estimated cost of the Project is approximately 12.6 million Euros.

Horizon 2020 programme

The aim of the ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project is to design and build a robotic, underwater mining prototype with associated launch and recovery equipment, which will be used to perform field tests at four EU minesites.

Collaboration of 9 EU countries

Under the coordination of BMT Group Ltd and the Technical management of Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd, a consortium of 16 project partners from nine EU countries will collaborate to bring success to the project.

A Partnership that boosts European Innovation

Europe has been actively mined over many centuries and many easy-to-access mineral deposits are mostly depleted, while deeper lying ones have not been fully explored. The major opportunities to access raw materials within the EU are in greater depths, in remote, but also in populated areas, in former mine sites, in low grade deposits, and in small deposits where larger mining operations may not be feasible. Estimates indicate that the value of unexploited European mineral resources at a depth of 500-1,000 metres is approximately €100 billion. ¡VAMOS! will contribute to ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the European economy whilst increasing benefits for society as a whole by introducing a number of concrete research and innovation actions regarding automated mining, mining of small deposits and alternative mining.

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METS 2018
he METS conference and trade show will take place for the first time in Madrid in spring 2018

10 – 12 APRIL 2018

Conference Venue: Madrid Marriott Auditorium and Conference Center

The conference is free of charge but the number of seats is limited!

Madrid, Spain

Successful demonstration of ¡VAMOS! technology in UK

On the 24th of October the ¡VAMOS! consortium, Advisory Board Members, and interested external parties were invited for a live demonstration of the ¡VAMOS! technology at the Imerys Minerals Ltd. test site in Lee Moor, Devon, UK. The 29 visitors were divided up in small groups and guided around the premises by representatives of SMD Ltd., Damen Dredging Equipment and INESC TEC, who have been working on the various project components.

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