recomine participates with an idea in the BHP Tailings Challenge

Our alliance participates in an innovation competition of the British-Australian BHP Group. The task of the three-phase innovation competition is to developing concepts that can significantly reduce residual flows from copper mining. In other words, the goal is to reduce the spatial dimensions of the next generation of tailings dams from copper mining.

In June, the coordination board of the recomine-alliance started to collect ideas from scientists of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg and develop them further together with several actors of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The G.E.O.S. mbH and the Research Institute for Leather and Plastic Sheets as well as the Sustainable Mineral Institute of the University of Queensland support the project in contributing novel and decisive technological developments. On the basis of modularly arranged processing steps for flotation tailings and process water, innovative developments may be implemented for the first time in the operative environment of South American copper mining. The coordination board of the recomine-alliance submitted the idea at the beginning of September and looks forward to the result of the project selection. The contribution shows the vitality of the motto "rethinking resources" in the alliance and increases the international visibility of our partner institutions.

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