Major Innovations and New Business Opportunities
The INTMET project is working to achieve two major innovations:
- A new and efficient technology to deal with low-grade, complex ores which will change the current and future operations of mineral deposits (including recycling of metals in tailings and metallurgical wastes) in Europe and elsewhere;
- A new mining (mine-to-metal) business model based on the technology breakthroughs
Having mining companies as end-users, this new business model not only creates new opportunities for the minerals industry but also contributes to a more sustainable management of land and the minerals by reducing environmental impacts, increasing the efficiency of the resources (less energy, less water needed) and by valorizing valuable metals currently discarded.