Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering
University of Miskolc
2015. 11. 08.

The Horizon 2020 is an 80 billion € program of the EU with time interval of 7 years (between 2014 and 2020). Besides incomes gained from the applied tenders, application of personal funds also have mayor influence in projects covered in European research-development and innovation territories. Horizon 2020 program has the financial task of obtaining Europe’s leading competitive role as Innovational Europe’s leading flagship. As a result of economical growth and implementations of new work opportunities Horizon 2020 has high political support from leaders of the European Council and European Parliament. It was determined that the best investment that can be made in the future in order of gaining intelligent, obtainable economical growth and new work opportunities can be obtained by supports of research projects. By gaining synergy between researches and innovations Horizon 2020 program places its efforts in giving answers at outstanding science, Industrial leading figure and Social challenges. Researches in the following topics at the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering have high profile regarding the points described in H2020 for energy, resources and water.


CHPM2030-Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies

Project representative: Dr. Éva Hartai, associate professor
Email: foldshe@uni-miskolc.hu

CHPM2030 aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. Working at the frontiers of geothermal resources development, minerals extraction and electro-metallurgy the project aims at converting ultra-deep metallic mineral formations into an “orebody-EGS” that will serve as a basis for the development of a new type of facility for “Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction” (CHPM). In the technology envisioned the metal-bearing geological formation will be manipulated in a way that the co-production of energy and metals will be possible, and may be optimised according to market demands at any given moment in the future.

Consortium Partners: (1) University of Miskolc, Hungary (coordinator); (2) University of Szeged, Hungary; (3) Fédération Européenne des Géologues, France; (4) Iceland Geosurvey, Iceland, (5) British Geological Survey, UK; (6) Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, Portugal; (7) Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek, Belgium; (8) La Palma Research S.L., Spain; (9) Agency For International Minerals Policy, Austria; (9) Geological Institute of Romania, Romania; (11) Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; (12) Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden.


INTRAW-International cooperation on raw materials

Project representative: Dr. Éva Hartai, associate professor
Email: foldshe@uni-miskolc.hu

The project will map and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States, addressing research and innovation, joint educational and skills programmes, exploration, extraction, processing and recycling practices, management and substitution of Critical Raw Materials. The outcome of the mapping and knowledge transfer activities will be used as a baseline to set and launch the European Union’s International Observatory for Raw Materials as a definitive raw materials intelligence infrastructure, operating internationally. The Observatory will be a permanent body that will remain operational after project completion.

Consortium Partners: (1) European Federation of Geologists (EFG), Belgium (coordinator); (2) Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa; (3) Exeter University, Camborne School of Mines, UK; (4) Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FRA), Germany; (5) Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal; (6) Assimagra- Associação Portuguesa dos Industriais de Mármores (ASM), Portugal; (7) Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Australia; (8) Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS), Slovenia; (9) La Palma Research S.L. (LPRC), Spain; (10) Miskolc University (MU), Hungary; (11) Pan-European Reserves & Resources Reporting Committee (PERC), Belgium; (12) Agency for International Minerals Policy (MinPol), Austria; (13) Recifemetal-Reciclagem de Ferros e Metais (RFM), Portugal; (14) Resources Computing International (RCI), UK; (15) American Geosciences Institute (AGI), USA.


KINDRA Knowledge inventory for hydrogeology research

Project representative: Dr. Péter Szűcs, professor
Email: hgszucs@uni-miskolc.hu

Practical and scientific knowledge related to hydrogeology research and innovation are scattered amongst various actors in Europe. The overall objective of KINDRA is to create an inventory of this knowledge base and then use the inventory to identify critical research challenges in line with the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and new innovation areas within integrated water resources management based on the latest research. The European Inventory of Groundwater Research and Innovation (EIGR) will be supported by a web service that will be searchable by selected keywords and will support users with query functions for statistics, diagrams, and other forms of concise data elaboration. Research gaps will be identified and corresponding suggestions for research agendas will be made.

Consortium Partners: (1) University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy (coordinator); (2) European Federation of Geologists, Belgium; (3) Environment and Water Agency of Andalusia, Spain; (4) La Palma Research S.L., Spain; (5) University of Miskolc, Hungary; (6) The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark.

UNEXMIN-An Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

Project representative: Dr. Imre Gombkötő, associate professor
Email: ejtimreg@uni-miskolc.hu

The aim of the project is to develop a submersible robotic system for surveying and exploration of flooded mines. The project will include the development of a Robotic Explorer (UX-1) for autonomous 3D mine mapping to gather valuable geological information from deep flooded mines. The robot will be capable of operating underground without remote control. Research challenges are related to miniaturisation and adaptation of deep sea robotic technology to this new application environment and to the interpretation of high volumes of multivariate geoscientific data. Pilot deployments will be carried out at mines with progressively more challenging conditions. The development of UX-1 will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on re-opening Europe’s abandoned mines can be supported by real data.

Consortium Partners: (1) University of Miskolc, Hungary (coordinator); (2) Geoloski Zavod Slovenije, Slovenia; (3) Tty-Saatio, Finland; (4) Universidad Politecnica De Madrid, Spain; (5) La Palma Research Centre For Future Studies Sl, Spain; (6) Inesc Porto – Instituto De Engenharia De Sistemas E Computadores Do Porto, Portugal; (7) Resources Computing International Ltd, UK; (8) Geoplano Consultores SA, Portugal; (9) Ecton Mine Educational Trust, UK; (10) Federation Europeenne Des Geologues, Belgium; (11) Geo-Montan Kft, Hungary; (12) Empresa De Desenvolvimento Mineiro, Portugal; (13) Center za upravljanje z dediscino zivega srebra Idrija, Slovenia.

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For additional information about the Faculty’s involvements in H2020 projects use the next link:  Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering H2020 projects 2014