The I2Mine (Innovative Technologies and Concepts for the Intelligent Deep Mine of the Future) project marks the start of a series of activities designed to realise the concept of an invisible, zero-impact mine. It will concentrate on the development of technologies suitable for deep mining activities.
The I²Mine project will develop the innovative methods, technologies, machines and equipment necessary for the efficient exploitation of minerals and disposal of waste, all of which will be carried out underground. This will dramatically reduce the volume of surface transportation of both minerals and waste, minimising the above ground installations and reducing the environmental impact.
Targets and Aims
The challenges for the minerals extractive industry are so large and numerous that comprehensive international cooperation is needed, both by the industry and wider society, in order to succeed.
During the project an open and transparent dialogue will be established with the scientific community, mining industry, society, regulators and other stakeholders. I²Mine will significantly contribute to the successful implementation of the European Raw Materials policies of securing the European minerals base, reducing import dependencies of mineral raw materials and sustainably providing mineral raw materials for Europe. I²Mine also improves the competitiveness and standing of the European equipment manufacturing industries.
The I2Mine project is funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. The project will be carried out by a consortium of 26 companies and academic institutions from 10 European countries led by LKAB from Sweden over a period of 4 years.