Improving mineral exploration efficiency in Europe


More than 80% of EU raw materials are imported, which undermines the long-term goal of a circular economy in Europe. For example, only 1% of the raw materials needed for wind energy and 2% of the 44 raw materials utilized in robotics are currently provided by EUproduction. To address this challenge, Horizon Europe are investing 7.47 million euros over the next 3 years (2022 – 2025) to the Vector project, which is made up of 17 partners across 7 different countries. The overall goal of the Vector project will be to develop and integrate geoscience and social science expertise to improve mineral exploration and resource development in Europe.

Vector will be coordinated by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), although researchers from GFZ will be leading the work package (WP2) responsible for the generation of geoscience datasets. The group of GFZ-based researchers in WP2 include Sarah Gleeson and Joseph Magnall from Section 3.1, and Oliver Ritter, Ute Weckmann, Christian Haberland and Trond Ryberg from Section 2.2. The main field sites will be two regions in Ireland and Germany where there are known Zn and Cu deposits at depth (> 1 km). Industry partners have provided access to large legacy datasets, which will be augmented with new high-quality multi-parameter (geochemistry, mineralogy, petrophysical, geophysical) data that are generated on new samples. This unique approach will provide an ideal dataset from which to develop new vectors towards deposits located at depth.

Project information

Duration of project: 2022 - 2025

Funding: Horizon Europe (EU)

Links: HZDR -  Press Release of June 2, 2022

Dr. Richard Gloaguen
Project Coordinator VECTOR
Department Exploration
Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology at HZDR
Tel.: +49 351 260 4424

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