Starting Project 2

Technology and innovation transfer in recomine

The transfer of technology and innovation enables the readiness of technologies (Technology Readiness Level-TRL) to be increased along the entire value chain of strategic metals and mineral raw materials and, thus, to bring products and services from the Ore Mountains to the readiness for the international market.

The goal of technology and innovation transfer is to strengthen innovation and economic power in the Ore Mountains through better networking of research, science and business. The focus is on identifying and systematically transferring research results and innovations for use in the commercial economy and realizing product and process innovations. Incentive mechanisms and exchange formats should be created to facilitate the interaction between SMEs, interest groups and research institutes in the sense of a new transfer culture in the region. Awareness of the existing scientific landscape is strengthened and at the same time offers the possibility of specialist expertise.

The transfer of technology and innovation enables the readiness of technologies (Technology Readiness Level-TRL) to be increased along the entire value chain of strategic metals and mineral raw materials and, thus, to bring products and services from the Ore Mountains to the readiness for the international market. The project does not stop at national borders, but actively seeks dialogue and also carries out project acquisition in the neighboring region of Krušné hory (Czech part of the Ore Mountains).

In order for the technology and innovation transfer to succeed, the cooperation of various stakeholders from science, economy and society is essential. All partners should generate knowledge together in order to achieve innovation goals of recomine. We want to use the possibilities of digitization to increase the dynamics in the recomine-network. At the strategy workshops planned twice a year, all alliance partners will have the opportunity to put the cooperation into practice.

In order to exploit technologies and innovations in a targeted manner, alternative funding options from the Saxon government, the federal government and, in particular, the EIT RawMaterials should be examined and used in the project. The TU Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF) and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) are the main partners in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) within the EIT RawMaterials. This economically extremely strong partner network, which itself has set the goal of closing the flow of the critical raw materials within the next 15 years, comprises approximately 80% of European resources (excluding energy resources). As a partner of the EIT RawMaterials, the TUBAF is keen to tap and use the considerable economic development potential of this consortium for the Saxon economy. In September 2015, work began on establishing an “EIT RawMaterials - Regional Center Freiberg” (RCF) as a central unit at TUBAF. RCF is now very well networked within the EIT RawMaterials Community and offers contact to numerous potential business partners and the opportunity for professional exchange, including the regular events where SMEs and start-ups present their project ideas. The office serves regional benefits and, above all, enables SMEs from the Ore Mountains region to access new markets through support in project initiation/execution and the acquisition of funding. The visibility of the partners from the Ore Mountains has increased in an international context.


Objectives of the start-up project:

  • Provision and forwarding of specialized and tailor-made support services
    o Evaluation and assessment of additional funding opportunities
    o Identification of potential cooperation partners and project ideas
  • Supporting SMEs in the Ore Mountains in the development of innovative processes/products
  • Project initiation using the funding concepts
    o Federal, and especially EIT RawMaterials
    o Involving partners from regional businesses
    o Use of the vehicle EIT RawMaterials to implement innovations
  • Interface for international partners to initiate projects with Saxon partners
    o EIT funding program "Market Driven Innovation"
  • Transfer of technology and knowledge for the purpose of realizing innovations
    o Targeted commercial exploitation
    o Strengthening competition in a new field
    o Creating new jobs
  • Promoting training and further educational measures
  • Promoting new start-ups

Project Overview

  • Time span
    01.03.2020 to 28.02.2023
  • Pseudonym
    Transfer in recomine
  • Project type

Contact HIF

Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Ressource Technology

Dr. Jonathan Engelhardt

Phone: +49  351 260-4427


Contact RCF

TU Bergakademie Freiberg | EIT RawMaterials - Regional Center Freiberg

Alexander Hesse

Phone: +49   3731 39-4843


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Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) will celebrate its birthday together with Saxonian Minister President Michael Kretschmer and interested guests on September 9, 2021. The number 10 plays an important role for both the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF). In addition to the 10-year affiliation of the HZDR with the Helmholtz Association, the HIF looks back on 10 very successful years at the research location of Freiberg. Furthermore, the HIF inaugurates its new metallurgy pilot plant on September 9, 2021. The inauguration marks another milestone in the development of a unique campus for resource technology and progresses sustainability steadily at HIF. The HIF will celebrate this progress and cordially invites you!

The new metallurgy pilot plant at HIF. ©HZDR/599Media

Can the recycling of mining waste become a new business? That was the main question addressed in the Lunch Event & Debate organised by the Horizon2020 NEMO project on April 27, 2021.

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You can find more information on the website of the project Nemo (

Eight partner from science and industry participate in the research project “TerZinn – Technologieentwicklung und Erprobung für nachhaltiges Wassermanagement und additive Rohstoffgewinnung am Modellstandort Zinnerzgrube Ehrenfrieders-dorf“: Zinnerz Ehrenfriedersdorf GmbH, G.E.O.S. Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Wis-mut GmbH, BIT Tiefbauplanung GmbH, ibes AG, Kurt-Schwabe-Institut für Mess- und Sensortechnik Meinsberg e.V., TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS. The Federal Ministry of Edu-cation and Research (BMBF) funds the project with around one million euros. TER-ZINN belongs to the alliance “recomine – rethinking resources”, which works on the subject of mining waste at the intersection of environmental technology, resource technology and digitalization.

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On 18th of February 2021 the recomine-project TERZinn starts as the first of currently eight selected projects of the first recomine-call. Over the next three years, a digital underground measurement system will be developed and tested in the historic Ehrenfriedersdorf mine site. Newly developed sensors will record current information from the incoming mine water and pass it on to a modular water treatment system, which will then decide how heavily the water needs to be treated depending on the water contamination (e.g. with Arsenic). The system will then be further developed for use in the Ore Mountains and around the world, and will sustainably improve water quality in many mining regions.