27. September 2018 – Christian Jan Heiner Wolterink

Current exploration results presented at the EUMICON 2018 in Vienna show Europe’s rich raw material deposits!

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Europe is rich in raw materials: Prof. Frank Melcher (Montane University Leoben) is showing a map displaying Europe’s potential in raw material deposits using the latest exploration results (click to enlarge)

“If you want to see an elephant, go where the elephants live”

With this little bit of witticism, Prof. Frank Melcher of the University of Leoben for Mining, Metallurgy and Materials opened his joint presentation with Prof. Jens Gutzmer from the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology today on “Mineral Raw Materials from Europe for Europe – Europe’s Potential in Mineral Deposits” within the opening panel “Raw Materials Are the Future”. If one seeks to prospect new raw material deposits, one should start near old mines! Continue reading “Current exploration results presented at the EUMICON 2018 in Vienna show Europe’s rich raw material deposits!”

27. September 2018 – Christian Jan Heiner Wolterink

Day 2 of the EUMICON 2018 in Vienna: High increase in demand for primary raw materials through the use of advanced technologies for renewable energies

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Prof. Peter Moser is speaking at the EUMICON 2018 in Vienna: “The demand for raw materials will rapidly rise until 2050, caused mainly by the shift towards renewable energies” (click to enlarge)

“What is renewable in renewables? Just the wind and the sun.”

This is how Prof. Peter Moser, Vice Rector for Infrastructure and International Relations and Head of the Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics at the University of Leoben for Mining, Metallurgy and Materials, today answered his own question.

Solar cells, wind turbines, etc. must still be produced out of raw materials – and to a considerable extent from primary raw materials! The selection of materials required to this end is usually much more complex than it is the case with conventional power plants.

For the Rare Earth Elements (REE) and other important raw materials, large quantities of ores have to be mined and processed, often in conjunction with predatory nature exploitations due to the sometimes minute amounts in the ores. Continue reading “Day 2 of the EUMICON 2018 in Vienna: High increase in demand for primary raw materials through the use of advanced technologies for renewable energies”

26. September 2018 – Christian Jan Heiner Wolterink

Opening of the EUMICON International Raw Materials Conference 2018 in Vienna

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At the opening of the EUMICON 2018, Elisabeth Köstinger, Austrian Federal Minister of Sustainability and Tourism, points to the importance of a reliable and sustainable supply of raw materials within Europe (click to enlarge)

“Europe is rich in scarce resources”

With this key statement, Elisabeth Köstinger, Austrian Federal Minister of Sustainability and Tourism, today inaugurated the International Raw Materials Conference of the European Raw Materials Initiative EUMICON. Only with innovative technologies can Europe’s future demand for raw materials be secured without having to resort to imports from potentially conflict-laden regions of the world. The shift towards renewable energies in particular is a major driving force for the increasing global need for raw materials that implies a by no means inconsiderable potential for conflict!

At the EUMICON 2018 from 26 – 28 September in Vienna, approx. 250 renowned representatives from research, business, politics, as well as the raw materials and processing industry will speak on new solutions for a sustainable and responsible way of supplying raw materials within Europe, and the necessary processing technologies and machines to this end. Tomorrow, Prof. Dr. Jens Gutzmer, Director of the Helmholtz Institute for Resource Technologies, Freiberg, will give a lecture on the topic of “Mineral Raw Materials from Europe for Europe – Europe’s Potential in Mineral Deposits”.

22. September 2018 – Christian Jan Heiner Wolterink

Final day of the International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) in Moscow

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Moscow Kremlin (click to enlarge)

The final day of the International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) was dedicated to various industrial and cultural tours for the participants:

On the one hand, the Russian mining and metallurgical company Metalloinvest Management Company LLC opened the doors to its sites in Gubkin (mining) and Stary Oskol (steel); on the other hand, a visit to the potash mine Usolskiy of the EuroChem group, which is located at the Verkhnekamsk potash deposit in the Perm region, was also on offer. As for the cultural part, one could choose between a Golden Ring tour to the ancient Russian towns to the northeast of Moscow and a trip to St. Petersburg. Continue reading “Final day of the International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) in Moscow”

21. September 2018 – Christian Jan Heiner Wolterink

Lecture of Margarita Mezzetti from the IAM at the IMPC in Moscow on the “Microstructural Investigation of Complex Ores processed with Electric Impulses”

Welcome to another day at the International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) in Moscow with an exciting set of lectures! Mrs. Margarita Mezzetti from the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines (IAM) today spoke on the “Microstructural Investigation of Complex Ores Processed with Electric Impulses”. A scientific lecture always presents a welcome opportunity to get feedback from the international research environment.

The numerous presentations at the IMPC are accompanied by daily poster sessions, which are arranged according to various theme groups. Throughout the 4 day spanning event, a total of 90 posters are on display for the participants. As these posters mainly cover contents that are not talked about in the lectures, the poster sessions offer a great deal of valuable additional information. Continue reading “Lecture of Margarita Mezzetti from the IAM at the IMPC in Moscow on the “Microstructural Investigation of Complex Ores processed with Electric Impulses””