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), the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) 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.

Funding agencies:

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.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Finding answers to challenges such as globalisation, digitisation, demographic change, the development of Europe and the transformation of energy systems is the central task of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. A future-oriented economic policy will secure lasting prospects for more employment, investment and growth in Germany.

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.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The European Regional Development Fund is the European Union's main instrument for regional development and aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the EU by combating inequalities between the various regions. A focus of the ERDF is on the strengthening of competitiveness and innovation and the need to ensure sustainable development.

DMT is currently involved in the following projects in a leading or supporting capacity:

 

ProjectDescriptionFunded byDurationDMT contact
CERACertification of Raw Materials EIT Raw Materials01.04.2017 – 30.06.2021Andreas Hucke
ClosurematicManagement Tool for Continuous Mine Closure - ClosurematicEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.12.2021Philip Mittelstädt
DeepSpaceBIMVerbundprojekt: Digitaler Bauassistent zur Handhabung gestörter Bauabläufe mittels Augmented Reality - DeepSpaceBIMBMVI01.08.2018 - 31.08.2021Jörg Niese
DESMEX IIr4 - wirtschaftsstrategische Rohstoffe, Verbundvorhaben DESMEX II - Elektromagnetische Tiefensondierung für die Lagerstättenerkundung, Teilvorhaben 9: kundenspezifische Präsentation des Messverfahrens am Markt und Begleitung von DemontrationsmessungenBMBF01.07.2019 - 30.06.2023Bodo Lehmann / Klaus Limbrock
DGE-RolloutDGE-Rollout faciliates the use of deep geothermal energy as climate friendly energy resource to reduce CO2 emissions and to protect the environment in North-West EuropeEU (INTERREG)25.10.2018 – 24.10.2022Boris Dombrowski
EURADEuropean Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste ManagementHorizon 202001.06.2019 - 31.05.2024Jörg Feinhals
FARMINField augmented reality in mineral exploration and miningEIT RawMaterials01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022Florian Lowicki
FloodRisk
 
Investigation of hazards due to mine water flooding for selected German hard coal mining areasBMBF01.01.2020 – 30.12.2022Daniel Schröder
HoloMineMixed reality for underground mine operationsEIT Raw Materials01.01.2019 – 30.06.2022Benedikt Wolters
HOWAMANSustainable strategies and technologies for flood risk management in arid and semiarid areasBMBF01.03.2020 –  28.02.2023 Oliver Stoschek
I2MonIntegrated Impact MONitoring: Development of multi-sensor data logger DMT Safeguard GNSS for point cloud data processing and deformation analysis from UAV laserscan  and radar satellite dataRFCS01.07.2018 – 30.06.2022Karsten Zimmermann
illuMINEationBright concepts for a safe and sustainable digital mining futureHorizon 202001.09.2020 - 31.08.2023Norbert Gomolla
Karbo-ExCarbonate exploration NRW - Tapping a heat source for the carbon-free heat marketERDF01.11.2019 – 31.10.2022Dirk Orlowsky
LowCH4 ModuleLow Methane Micro Steam Engine ModuleERDF.NRW01.01.2019 – 31.12.2023Vitali Kerber
MINETALCBackfill Mining Optimisation for Low- and Medium- Strength DepositsEIT RawMaterials02.03.2020-02.03.2023Bernd Pflüger
NEMONear-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphuric mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economyHORIZON 202001.05.2018 – 31.10.2022Bernd Teigler
NEXTNew Exploration TechnologiesHORIZON 202001.05.2018 – 30.09.2021Torsten Gorka
OdysseusCoal-to-liquids supply chain integration in view of operational, economic and environmental risk assessments under unfavourable geological settingsRFCS01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022Torsten Gorka
PREDISPRE-DISposal management of radioactive wasteHorizon 202001.09.2020 - 31.08.2024Jörg Feinhals
RESEERVEMineral potential of the ESEE regionEIT Raw Materials01.04.2018 – 30.11.2021Bernd Teigler / Florian Lowicki
SEIGERSeismic monitoring of deep geothermal installations and possible seismic impactsBMWi01.05.2019 – 30.04.2022Simon Kremers
SmartHub2IoT communication hub for mining community to optimize machine, systems and process performanceEIT Raw Materials01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021Norbert Gomolla
TEXMINThe impact of EXtreme weather events on MINing operationsRFCS01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022Christoph Klinger
T-REXTimegated Raman for ExplorationEIT RawMaterials01.01.2020 - 31.12.2021Carlos Garca Pina
UNDROMEDAUnderground Robotic System for Monitoring, Evaluation and Detection ApplicationsEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.12.2021Karsten Zimmermann

In the recent past, DMT led or contributed to the following innovation projects:

 

ProjectDescriptionFunded byDurationDMT contact
AGEnTTonstudie / Ausbautechnik für EndlagerBMWi01.10.2018 - 30.09.2020Jürgen te Kook
ANCORELOGANCORELOG - Analytical Core Logging SystemEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.03.2021Carlos Pina Garcia
EC-Geo-SustainEuropean MSc in Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource ManagementEIT Raw Materials01.04.2018 – 31.12.2020Karsten Zimmermann
ESTIVALESTImation of coal VALue-in-use in terms of CSR under different carbonization conditionsRFCS01.07.2017 – 30.06.2020Drazen Gajic
FIREM IIIT communication hub for mining community to optimize machine, systems and process performanceEIT Raw Materials01.01.2019 – 31.12.2020Norbert Gomolla
Gateway 2Gateway to developing economiesEIT Raw Materials01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020Philip Mittelstädt
GeosmartCollaborative project Geosmart: Integrated risk analysis on the basis of coupled simulations for the use of the deep geological underground structuresBMBF01.07.2017 – 30.06.2020Michael Eckart 
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.BMBF01.03.2016 – 28.02.2019Tobias Friedrich
HUBGREECEEIT RawMaterials Hub Greece. A Hub for the Greek Raw Materials SectorEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.12.2019Norbert Benecke
iDeepMonIntelligent Deep Mine Shaft Laser Scanning and MonitoringEIT Raw Materials01.04.2016 – 31.12.2018Norbert Benecke
iMineEuropean Demonstration and Test FacilitiesEIT Raw Materials01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018Norbert Benecke
INDIRESINDIRES: Information Driven Incident ResponseRFCS01.07.2017 – 31.12.2020Klaus Siever
iRISIntelligent Risk Identification System for safer MinesEIT Raw Materials01.04.2016 – 31.12.2018Ulrich Hoischen
MaMMaMaintained Mine & MachineEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020Norbert Gomolla
MERIDAManagement of Environmental Risks During and After Mine ClosureRFCS15.12.2015 – 14.12.2019Karsten Zimmermann
Mine ServicePublic 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 MarketsEIT Raw Materials01.04.2016 – 31.03.2019Bernd Teigler
MISSReduction of the adverse effects of wind turbines on seismological measuring stationsERDF23.03.2018 – 22.05.2021Simon Kremers
MULSEDROMulti Sensor Drones for geological MappingEIT Raw Materials01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020Sönke Rapp
OREVALOREVal a European Network for Advanced Mineral Characterization and Ore ValuationEIT Raw Materials01.01.2016 – 31.12.2020Carlos Pina Garcia
PRASS IIIProductivity and safety of shield support RFCS01.07.2017 – 28.02.2021Ulrich Langosh
raPHOSafeClassification and Sorting of Radium-rich Phosphogypsum TailingsEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.03.2019Jörg Feinhals 
RE-ACTIVATEDeveloping superior technical Infrastructure throughout EIT RawMaterials Community to foster Technologies and Methodologies for Re-activation of former Mine SitesEIT Raw Materials01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019Richard Berse
REEBAUXProspects of REE recovery from bauxite and bauxite residue in the ESEE regionEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020Bernd Teigler / Florian Lowicki
RMProSchoolEIT RawMaterials High Level Professional SchoolEIT Raw Materials01.01.2016 – 31.12.2019Knut Hirsch
ROCDReducing risks from Occupational exposure to Coal DustRFCS01.07.2017 – 30.09.2020Rainer Rellecke
RockVaderSmart Hard Rock Mining SystemEIT Raw Materials01.04.2017 – 31.12.2019Norbert Gomolla
SIT4MESeismic Imaging Techniques for Mineral ExplorationEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020Boris Dombrowski / Dirk Orlowsky
SO4ControlScale-up of Solution for Mining Water Sulfate Control with Side-product RecoveryEIT Raw Materials01.01.2018 – 31.08.2020Christoph Klinger
STAMSLong-term Stability Assessment and Monitoring of flooded ShaftsRFCS01.07.2015 – 31.12.2018Klaus Siever
STINGSMonitoring of Tailings via on-site and remote TechnologiesEIT Raw Materials01.04.2017 – 31.12.2020Karsten Zimmermann
STORMIndustrial Symbiosis for the Sustainable Management of Raw Materials EIT Raw Materials01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018Knut Hirsch
UPSW IIFeasibility of the subsequent Utilisation of Coal Mine Prosper-Haniel in Bottrop as an Underground Pumped-storage Power Plant; Testing of technical Feasibility and Option AssessmentBMBF01.07.2016 – 31.12.2018Tobias Friedrich
VISUAL 3D3D/4D Geological ModellingEIT Raw Materials01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020Florian Lowicki