Major innovative research project (STOICISM) launched under FP7 for the “New environmentally friendly approaches to mineral processing”
In mid 2011, as a response to the shortage of some minerals in global markets and the sky rocketing of commodity prices, the European Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) launched its bids for large projects under the umbrella of Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP) which included “NMP.2012. 4.1-1: New environmentally friendly approaches to mineral processing”. It was recognized through the EU Raw Materials Initiative and Europe 2020 that there was also a need to improve all raw materials efficiency to remain as self-sufficient and self-sustainable as possible. The overall objective was to develop new, innovative, clean and resource efficient mineral processing routes and technologies to use better the mineral raw materials. The proposal had to address the whole life cycle from raw material extraction to high grade marketable material of one or more selected metallic, industrial or construction minerals.
The Sustainable Technologies for Calcined Industrial Minerals (STOICISM) passed through two highly competitive rounds of bidding (187 proposals in total) before being given the green light for funding in June 2012. The project runs over 4 years, the kick off took place in January 2013 in Spain.
The STOICISM Consortium is lead by a major industrial mineral producing company and consists of 17 partners from 8 different European countries. Key contributors on this multidisciplinary platform include several universities, specialized SMEs & corporations, an industry association, as well as applied technology and research institutes.
Focus of the STOICISM project will be to develop sustainable and innovative solutions for minerals processing routes reducing the carbon footprint of several calcined industrial minerals, thereby looking at the whole supply chain from the extraction, waste valorisation and optimisation of the functionality for the end users. More in particular, the Research Development and Innovation (RDI) technologies will be tested for the beneficiation, drying, and calcination of minerals, notably diatomaceous earth (DE), perlite and clay and new technologies for energy production will be evaluated. Eventually, the processes implemented will easily be transferable to other industrial minerals.
See the STOICISM Flyer here.