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Blue Nodules SIGNED

Breakthrough Solutions for the Sustainable Harvesting and Processing of Deep Sea Polymetallic Nodules

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Project "Blue Nodules" data sheet

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Coordinator
IHC MINING BV 

Organization address
address: MOLENDIJK 94
city: SLIEDRECHT
postcode: 3361 EP
website: www.ihcmerwede.com

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website http://www.blue-nodules.eu
 Total cost 7˙991˙137 €
 EC max contribution 7˙991˙137 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5.3. (Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials)
 Code Call H2020-SC5-2015-one-stage
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2020-07-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    IHC MINING BV NL (SLIEDRECHT) coordinator 2˙022˙440.00
2    STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN NL (UTRECHT) participant 1˙271˙442.00
3    DREDGING INTERNATIONAL NV BE (ZWIJNDRECHT) participant 982˙250.00
4    IHC MTI BV NL (KINDERDIJK) participant 839˙375.00
5    RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN DE (AACHEN) participant 575˙675.00
6    GLOBAL SEA MINERAL RESOURCES BE (OOSTENDE) participant 455˙812.00
7    CONTITECH RUBBER INDUSTRIAL KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG HU (SZEGED) participant 443˙800.00
8    UNIRESEARCH BV NL (DELFT) participant 315˙281.00
9    DE REGT MARINE CABLES BV NL (KRIMPEN AAN DE LEK) participant 307˙937.00
10    SEASCAPE CONSULTANTS LTD UK (ROMSEY HAMPSHIRE) participant 188˙603.00
11    NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU NO (TRONDHEIM) participant 179˙786.00
12    AARHUS UNIVERSITET DK (AARHUS C) participant 170˙968.00
13    BUREAU VERITAS MARINE & OFFSHORE REGISTRE INTERNATIONAL DE CLASSIFICATION DE NAVIRES ET DE PLATEFORMES OFFSHORE FR (PUTEAUX) participant 128˙922.00
14    UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA ES (BARCELONA) participant 102˙500.00
15    BUREAU VERITAS - REGISTRE INTERNATIONAL DE CLASSIFICATION DE NAVIRES ET D'AERONEFS FR (NEUILLY SUR SEINE) participant 6˙342.00
16    STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE NL (DEN HOORN TEXEL) participant 0.00

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 Project objective

A key EU policy aims to reduce the Union dependency on raw materials imports, in particular (candidate) Critical Raw Materials that are vital for the EU innovative technologies. Topic SC5-11c-2015 scope focuses on “developing new highly-automated technological sustainable solutions for deep mining … in the sea bed combined with in-situ processing of minerals”. An existing but challenging raw material resource concerns polymetallic nodules. These round to elongated concretions of 1–15 cm diameter form on sediment-covered deep-sea plains in all oceans between 4-6000m water depth. The challenge to harvest and transport the nodules to the EU shore is taken on by Blue Nodules. The governing project principle is: industrial viability within the context of a realistic and technical, economic and environmentally balanced business case for the complete Polymetallic Nodules value chain of mining, processing and valorisation. Blue Nodules will develop and test to TRL6 maturity a new highly-automated and technologically sustainable deep sea mining system. Key features are: an annual production capability of 2 Million Tons nodules in water depths up to 6000m, in-situ processing of the nodules and intrinsic safe working conditions. Technical WPs are dedicated to subsea harvesting equipment & control technology, in-situ seafloor processing of polymetallic nodules and sea surface, land operations & processes. A dedicated WP focuses on environmental issues and on an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). A WP setting requirements and assessing the developed technology controls the entire work plan structure. High credibility is obtained by linking the project work to a nodule field licence owned by a project partner and located in the most promising known nodule deposit: the Clarion Clipperton Zone. The project consortium contains 14 leading industry and research partners from 9 EU member states. The project duration is 48 months, the required funding amounts to 8 Million.

 Deliverables

List of deliverables.
Report Rules and regulations Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:31
Report describing the process flow overview Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:31
Report on environmental pressures arising from maritime operations Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:31
Final release of the Terms of Reference report to be used in WP1-5 Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:31
Report on inventory of environmental pressures Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:30
Nodule Cracker Tool Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:30
Website, templates and general flyer Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:31
Initial design of vehicle propulsion and propulsion test performance Documents, reports 2020-02-27 11:31:30

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of Blue Nodules deliverables.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 J.M. van Wijk, S. Haalboom, E. de Hoog, H. de Stigter, M.G. Smit
Impact fragmentation of polymetallic nodules under deep ocean pressure conditions
published pages: 250-260, ISSN: 0892-6875, DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2019.02.015
Minerals Engineering 134 2020-02-27
2017 Jort M. van Wijk
THE INFLUENCE OF NODULE DEGRADATION ON THE VERTICAL HYDRAULIC TRANSPORT OF MANGANESE NODULES
published pages: , ISSN: 0867-7964, DOI:
18th International Conference on the Transport and Sedimentation of Solid Particles 29-06-2017 2020-02-27
2017 Edwin de Hoog, Maarten in ’t Veld, Jort van Wijk and Arno Talmon
AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY INTO FLOW ASSURANCE OF COARSE INCLINED SLURRIES
published pages: , ISSN: 0867-7964, DOI:
18th International Conference on the Transport and Sedimentation of Solid Particles 11-15 September 2017 2020-02-27

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