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Real-Time Mineral X-Ray Analysis for Efficient and Sustainable Mining

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 X-MINE project word cloud

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Project "X-MINE" data sheet

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Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy 

Organization address
city: Espoo
postcode: 2150

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 12˙064˙712 €
 EC max contribution 9˙318˙197 € (77%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5.3. (Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials)
 Code Call H2020-SC5-2016-TwoStage
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2021-02-28


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy FI (Espoo) coordinator 1˙899˙900.00
2    OREXPLORE AB SE (KISTA) participant 1˙271˙462.00
4    HELLAS GOLD S.A. EL (ATHENS) participant 691˙096.00
5    LOVISAGRUVAN AB SE (STORA) participant 638˙260.00
6    ADVACAM OY FI (ESPOO) participant 601˙475.00
7    ADVACAM SRO CZ (PRAHA 7) participant 558˙250.00
8    ASAREL MEDET AD BG (PANAGYURISHTE) participant 557˙156.00
10    HELLENIC COPPER MINES LIMITED CY (NICOSIA) participant 477˙750.00
11    ANTMICRO SP ZOO PL (POZNAN) participant 470˙750.00
12    UPPSALA UNIVERSITET SE (UPPSALA) participant 326˙875.00
13    INSTITUTUL GEOLOGIC AL ROMANIEI RO (Bucharest) participant 251˙845.00
14    BERGSKRAFT BERGSLAGEN AB SE (KUMLA) participant 224˙000.00
15    SWICK MINING SERVICES LTD AU (PERTH) participant 0.00


 Project objective

The X-MINE project supports better resource characterization and estimation as well as more efficient ore extraction in existing mine operations, making the mining of smaller and complex deposits economically feasible and increasing potential European mineral resources (specifically in the context of critical raw materials) without generating adverse environmental impact. The project will implement large-scale demonstrators of novel sensing technologies improving the efficiency and sustainability of mining operations based on X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), X-Ray Transmission (XRT) technologies, 3D vision and their integration with mineral sorting equipment and mine planning software systems. The project will deploy these technologies in 4 existing mining operations in Sweden, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. The sites have been chosen to illustrate different sizes (from small-scale to large-scale) and different target minerals (zinc-lead-silver-gold, copper-gold, gold) including the presence of associated critical metals such as indium, gallium, germanium, platinum group metals and rare earth elements. The pilots will be evaluated in the context of scientific, technical, socio-economic, lifecycle, health and safety performances. The sensing technologies developed in the project will improve exploration and extraction efficiency, resulting in less blasting required for mining. The technologies will also enable more efficient and automated mineral-selectivity at extraction stage, improving ore pre-concentration options and resulting in lower use of energy, water, chemicals and men hours (worker exposure) during downstream processing. The consortium includes 6 industrial suppliers, 4 research/academic organizations, 4 mining companies and 1 mining association. The project has a duration of 45 months and a requested EC contribution of €9.3M.


List of deliverables.
Mineral-sorting algorithm test report - existing sensors Documents, reports 2020-02-14 11:40:18
Test report of on-line sensor performance Documents, reports 2020-02-14 11:40:18
Sensor data specifications Documents, reports 2020-02-14 11:40:18
Dissemination progress update M12 Documents, reports 2020-02-14 11:40:18
External project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-14 11:40:18
Sorting research prototype ready for mineral testing Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-14 11:40:17
3D sensor test report Documents, reports 2020-02-14 11:40:18

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of X-MINE deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Gilljam Päärt, Oscar
Petrophysic of the Host-rock to the Ore in the Lovisa Mine, Bergslagen
published pages: 50, ISSN: , DOI:
Bachelor Programme in Earth Science/Independent Project at the Department of Earth Sciences 2018:26 2020-02-14
2018 Cioaca Mihaela-Elena, Ivanov Desislav, Iorga-Pavel Adina, Stoilov Ventsislav, Milu Viorica, Barbu Oana, Bîrgăoanu Daniel, Costin Gelu, Edward P. Lynch, Munteanu Marian
Au-Ag-Bi mineralization at the Assarel porphyry copper deposit (Srednogorie metallogenic zone, Bulgaria)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Advances of Geology in southeast European mountain belts 276 2020-02-14
2018 S. Polansky, D. Doubravova, J. Jakubek, M. Jakubek, P. Soukup, D. Turecek
High-sensitivity on-line imaging analysis of mining ore extraction by X-ray multichannel transmission radiography
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