Innovation and R&D Projects and Activities

The ever changing commodity market is constantly generating new challenges to exploration and mining service and technology companies worldwide. Current market conditions have triggered a quest for more cost-reducing exploration and mining technologies and services. DMT, as a leader and driver in the mining technology sector, is actively continuously developing innovative and robust solutions for the commodity market.

DMT is leading and contributing to numerous international innovation projects, including projects funded by the European Union (e.g. Research Fund for Coal and Steel RFCS, EIT Raw Materials, Horizon 2020) and the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). We concentrate our innovation activities on the company’s core competences, for instance, sensor-supported monitoring of mining operations, automation of exploration, mining and extraction processes, reactivation and/or remediation of abandoned mine sites, and assessment and certification of mineral resources and ore reserves. DMT also supports education projects and capacity building in the mining sector by supporting and contributing to Masters and Doctoral thesis projects and other training initiatives.

EIT RawMaterials

One important pillar of our innovation strategy is currently DMT GmbH & Co. KG’s core membership in the EU-funded EIT RawMaterials. This novel collaboration of stakeholders from industry and academia from various fields of application right across the raw materials value chain is the world’s largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector. Initiated by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the consortium of over 100 companies, universities and research institutes strives to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector through innovative strength and guided entrepreneurship, as well as delivering increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society. DMT, as a core member of this initiative, is active in the strategic target areas of exploration, mining, processing and metallurgy of raw materials from primary and secondary sources, but also in the fields of energy, cokemaking technology, infrastructure and safety.

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The German government invests heavily in the action areas of education, research and innovation, not only to secure a strong future for the people and economy of Germany, but also to find solutions to global problems and strategies for sustainable growth. DMT has been involved in numerous geotechnical projects supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

The Research Fund for Coal and Steel is a program of the European Commission, which invests over €50 million every year in innovation projects to enhance the safety, efficiency and competitive edge of the EU coal and steel industries. In recent years DMT has contributed to over 20 RFCS projects on topics such as underground coal gasification, management of mine water and a coal weathering study to improve coke properties and protect coke oven operation.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever. Its goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. DMT is proud to be part of the the BIOMOre project, which brings together expertise from seven countries and 21 partners at the forefront of innovation in raw materials supply.

DMT leads or contributes to the following innovation projects:

Project

Description

Funded by

Duration

DMT contact

OREVAL

OREVal a European Network for Advanced Mineral Characterization and Ore Valuation

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

Norbert Benecke

iMine

European Demonstration and Test Facilities

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

Norbert Benecke

LayTerm

Layman courses for the Transfer of Expertise on Raw Materials

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2016 – 31.12.2017

Knut Hirsch

RMProSchool

EIT RawMaterials High Level Professional School

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

Knut Hirsch

iDeepMon

Intelligent Deep Mine Shaft Laser Scanning and Monitoring

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2016 – 30.06.2019

Norbert Benecke

iRIS

Intelligent Risk Identification System for safer Mines

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2016 – 31.03.2018

Christoph Möller

MineService

Public Mineral Intelligence System to support Authorities (on national, regional or local level) in the decision-making Process and to facilitate Industry to enter into new Markets

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2016 – 31.03.2018

Bernd Teigler

Arctic Hub 2

Arctic Network Hub

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019

Norbert Benecke

CERA

Development of Certification Schemes for the origin of Critical Raw Materials 

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2020

Andreas Hucke

Gateway 2

Gateway to developing economies

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019

Philip Mittelstädt

MULSEDRO

Multi Sensor Drones for geological Mapping

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019

Sönke Rapp

RE-ACTIVATE

Developing superior technical Infrastructure throughout EIT RawMaterials Community to foster Technologies and Methodologies for Re-activation of former Mine Sites

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019

Michael Haschke

RockVader

Smart Hard Rock Mining System

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019

Norbert Gomolla

STINGS

Monitoring of Tailings via on-site and remote Technologies

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2020

Karsten Zimmermann

STORM

Industrial Symbiosis for the Sustainable Management of Raw Materials 

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2020

Knut Hirsch

VISUAL 3D

3D/4D Geological Modelling

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019

Florian Lowicki

raPHOSafe

Classification and Sorting of Radium-rich Phosphogypsum Tailings

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  31.12.2018

Jörg Feinhals 

HUBGREECE

EIT RawMaterials Hub Greece. A Hub for the Greek Raw Materials Sector

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  31.12.2019

Norbert Benecke

SO4Control

Scale-up of Solution for Mining Water Sulfate Control with Side-product Recovery

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  31.03.2020

Christoph Klinger

ANCORELOG

ANCORELOG - Analytical Core Logging System

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  31.12.2020

Carlos Pina Garcia

MaMMa

Maintained Mine & Machine

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  31.12.2020

Norbert Gomolla

REEBAUX

Prospects of REE recovery from bauxite and bauxite residue in the ESEE region

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  31.12.2020

Bernd Teigler / Florian Lowicki

SIT4ME

Seismic Imaging Techniques for Mineral Exploration

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  31.12.2020

Boris Dombrowski / Dirk Orlowsky

Closurematic

Management Tool for Continuous Mine Closure - Closurematic

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  01.01.2021

Philip Mittelstädt

UNDROMEDA

Underground Robotic System for Monitoring, Evaluation and Detection Applications

EIT Raw Materials

01.01.2018  –  30.06.2021

Karsten Zimmermann

EC-Geo-Sustain

European MSc in Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2018  –  31.03.2020

Norbert Benecke

RESEERVE

Mineral potential of the ESEE region

EIT Raw Materials

01.04.2018  –  31.03.2021

Bernd Teigler / Florian Lowicki

COAL2GAS

Enhanced Coal Exploitation through Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in European Lignite Mines

RFCS

01.07.2014 – 30.06.2017

Stephan Peters

BINGO

Bulk Density and Internal Gas Pressure in Coke Ovens

RFCS

01.07.2015 – 30.06.2018

Drazen Gajic

MERIDA

Management of Environmental Risks During and After Mine Closure

RFCS

01.07.2015 – 30.06.2019

Karsten Zimmermann

STAMS

Long-term Stability Assessment and Monitoring of flooded Shafts

RFCS

01.07.2015 – 30.06.2018

Klaus Siever

PRASS III

Productivity and safety of shield support 

RFCS

01.07.2017  –  30.06.2020

Ulrich Langosh

ESTIVAL

ESTImation of coal VALue-in-use in terms of CSR under different carbonization conditions

RFCS

01.07.2017  –  30.06.2020

Drazen Gajic

ROCD

Reducing risks from Occupational exposure to Coal Dust

RFCS

01.07.2017  –  30.06.2020

Rainer Rellecke

INDIRES

INDIRES: Information Driven Incident Response

RFCS

01.07.2017  –  30.06.2020

Klaus Siever

BioMOre

New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology

HORIZON 2020

01.01.2015 – 31.01.2018

Knut Hirsch

GW RUHR II (Mine Water Ruhr)

Development of innovative and efficient Concepts for climate-friendly Energy Supply in the Ruhr area through the use of Heat from Mine Water; surveying and modelling Subproject as part of the technical Analysis.

BMBF

01.03.2016 – 28.02.2019

Tobias Friedrich

UPSW II

Feasibility of the subsequent Utilisation of Coal Mine Prosper-Haniel in Bottrop as an Underground Pumped-storage Power Plant; Testing of technical Feasibility and Option Assessment

BMBF

01.07.2016 – 31.12.2017

Tobias Friedrich

Geosmart

Simulation based integrated risk analysis for deep underground projects

BMBF

01.07.2017  –  30.06.2020

Michael Eckart