The ties of the Iberian Sustainable Mining Cluster with Andalusian mining are growing. This is being demonstrated in the strong alliance with AMINER (Association of Research Companies, Extractors, Transformers Miner-Metallurgical, Auxiliary and Services), as well as with more and more companies based in Andalusia and in collaboration in large projects.
On 18 October, 18 SMEs presented the R&D projects that they are developing with MINE.THE.GAP support at this year’s Mining and Minerals Hall 2022 (MMH). The MMH is a world meeting that gathers the present and future knowledge of mining. It took place at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES) and welcomed professionals of the industry from all over the world.
The European project MINE.THE.GAP, in which the ISMC cluster participates together with an international consortium made up of 11 partners from Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Finland, Bulgaria and Poland, has already opened the second call for SMEs in mining and raw materials, information and communication technologies, advanced manufacturing, resource efficiency and circular economy sectors, can apply for aid in terms of innovation vouchers. With an available budget of up to €1.5 million to develop them collaboratively, and with an amount that can be financed in projects of up to €50,000 per SME, this call will be open until March 14, 2022.
To be eligible, the SMEs participating in MINE.THE.GAP will have to form consortiums with two or three European partners among the eligible countries with the aim of facing the challenges of the 21st century mining and raw materials, which include the extraction sustainability, the circular economy, the digitization, the supply chain and logistics or the environmental footprint, among others.
There are two types of innovation vouchers available to applicants:
- The MINE-PoC vouchers will finance up to €25,000 per SME for the design of a prototype/proof of concept to demonstrate its viability (TRL 6-7).
- The MINE-Demo vouchers will finance up to €50,000 per SME for the development and testing of simple pilots in a production environment with all the characteristics of the product/service/solution (TRL 7-8).
This European Union project also offers a virtual platform to introduce yourself and look for future partners: https://h2020-minethegap.eu/login/
To know all the information, see applicable conditions, and submit proposals, consult the MINE.THE.GAP website
Briefing in Spanish
Next January 20 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m., the Spanish partners of the project will organize a National Infoday of the second open call of MINE.THE.GAP, in which the financing scheme will be presented, the requirements so that the SMEs participate and will frame the project in their political context.
It is necessary to register in advance through this link.
About MINE.THE.GAP project
The MINE.THE.GAP project is an EU-funded INNOSUP H2020 Innovation Action (GA 873149) that will develop and provide a support platform for the reinforcement of existing value chains and the development of new industrial value chains in the commodity and mining sectors through sectoral and cross-regional innovation and support services in cluster-related SMEs through synergies and interactions with providers and enablers in the existing and emerging fields of ICT, circular economy, resource efficiency and advanced manufacturing.
Date: October 28-30, 2020
Venue: Exhibition and Conference Centre in León (Spain)
El pasado mes de enero se confirmó que S. M. el Rey Felipe VI ha aceptado la Presidencia de Honor de este XV Congreso Internacional. Bajo el lema “Trabajando para la sociedad”, este XV Congreso pondrá de relevancia la importancia de la minería para la sociedad, el impacto positivo de las actividades extractivas en los sectores que facilitarán la transición hacia las energías verdes y los retos para el futuro en materia de energía y medioambiente, ingeniería, metalurgia y tratamiento de aguas.
A key event this year: XV International Congress on Energy and Mineral Resources
ISMC will actively participate in the XV International Congress on Energy and Mineral Resources to be held this year in León. The event is being organised by the Official College of Mining Engineers of the Centre of Spain (COIMCE) together with the High Council of Colleges of Mining Engineers. The event, which will take place between October 28 and 30, will bring together more than 400 professionals and 150 companies from the raw materials and mining sector, as well as students and technicians who will share common projects and interests.
Last January, it was confirmed that S. M. King Felipe VI has accepted the Honorary Presidency of this XV International Congress. Under the motto “Working for society”, this XV Congress will highlight the importance of raw materials for all societies, the positive impact that the extractive industry will have for enabling the energy transition and the future challenges in terms of energy and the environment, engineering, metallurgy and water treatment, among many others.