RWTH Aachen University

Unit of Mineral Processing &
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Aufbereitung Mineralischer Rohstoffe (UMR)
Lochnerstrasse 40-20, Haus C
D-52064 Aachen

About RWTH Aachen University

With its nine faculties, the university offers almost all disciplines of a classical university and is a place where the future of our industrialized world is thought of. RWTH Aachen University is in the process to become an integrated, interdisciplinary technical university. The engineering focus of the university is associated with the natural sciences and medicine. The arts, social sciences and economics, structurally linked to the core disciplines, also make a contribution to the university's teaching and research profile.

With its future concept RWTH 2020: "Meeting Global Challenges", RWTH Aachen University is one of the nine German universities that were included in the third funding line as part of the Excellence Initiative 2007. The university is proving to be an increasingly internationally perceived hotspot where innovative answers to global challenges are developed. This dynamic research profile also enriches education and studies at RWTH Aachen University.

Joint research with industry and large collaborative research centres are a particular strength of this partner.

In the Blue Harvesting project the RWTH Aachen University is represented by the Unit of Mineral Processing (AMR) and the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT).

Role in the Project

Within the Blue Harvesting project the Unit of Mineral Processing (AMR) is responsible to integrate and implement the sediment separation unit, which was developed in the H2020 project Blue Nodules, in the collector. The sediment separation will significantly reduce the energy consumption of the transport system by separating the major part of not valuable sediments from the manganese nodules underwater before being pumped up to the mining vessel.

The Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) is in charge for the installation of an acoustic measurement system, which was developed in the H2020 project Blue Nodules, in the collector. The measurement system will contribute to optimizing the material flow and reducing the excavated material.

EIT RawMaterials - Connecting matters

This project has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Raw Materials under Project Agreement 18138. 

The Blue Harvesting project spans three years, running from April 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2022.

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