This video is about exploration techniques introduced by Benedikt Steiner, MSc Programme Director of Exploration and Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, UK, & a consultant to the mining industry through XPLOREGLOBAL Ltd. Benedikt started his career in regional petroleum exploration in the Eastern FSU, before moving on to work on Rio Tinto Exploration’s uranium & copper exploration projects in Southern Africa, developing best practice. More recently, he carried out projects in Argentina, France, Myanmar, Mozambique, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Benedikt has authored a number of scientific papers focusing on the integration of geochemical and other geoscientific techniques in order to aid exploration targeting.
GREENPEG in the global news
GREENPEG is gaining increasing attention in the media. Here are some press reviews from Australia, Canada and Spain
GREENPEG at the EU Raw Materials Week – on 17th November 2020 as part of the ETPSMR Webinar Series
The European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) invites you to join a series of three short webinars that aim to showcase some of the most prominent ongoing activities and ideas within the EU raw materials research and innovation community. In the drive for ever more advanced applied research and innovation and higher technology readiness levels required for a move towards climate neutrality, basic research should not be left behind as the foundation for major breakthrough discoveries. These webinars will demonstrate the current landscape of raw materials research across the EU and new ideas being developed among core researchers to help a critical industry adapt towards a greener and more environmentally conscious society.
GREENPEG project to launch Regional Kick Offs (RegKOMs) in Oslo and Freiberg. Register the online Oslo RegKOM on 20th November 2020 now!
Regional Kick-off Meeting in Oslo on 20th November 2020 now online! Freiberg/Saxony Regional Kick-Off meeting scheduled 24th of November 2020 is now postponed to spring 2021.
The aim is to introduce GREENPEG to stakeholders from the regional and national industry, research and academia who will be benefitting from GREENPEG activities and outcomes. The Oslo meeting will introduce into the GREENPEG project and focus on the Norwegian raw materials sector and contributions from Finland. The Freiberg based RegKOM will part of the European Raw Materials Day of GKZ. In addition to the presentation of the aim and objectives of GREENPEG four more European funded projects of GKZ will be presented. They comprise coordinate and support actions aiming to improve the framework conditions for smart specialization and networking in the raw materials sector as well as giving the mining and metallurgy European regions a voice in Brussels. Find here the programme of the Oslo RegKOM and the Freiberg RegKOM.
GREENPEG 2020 field season ends with testing of new geochemical exploration approach at the Wolfsberg demonstration site
The first GREENPEG field season came to completion at the Wolfsberg demonstration site (Austria) at the end of September with the application of regional geochemical sampling to the mineral quartz from lithium-bearing and associated barren pegmatites. The trace element signatures of the quartz samples and their prospect (<25 km2) to district-scale (25-500 km2) distribution will reveal regional chemical zoning of the pegmatite field (previously only possible by costly drilling or blasting of pegmatite bodies). Trace elements in quartz from pegmatites are indicative of the economic potential of the ore and allow for vectoring towards areas of highest ore potential. This geochemical exploration method was developed in 2015 by the GREENPEG coordinator (Müller, A., et al. 2015, Economic Geology 110, pp. 137-157). Quartz analysis via laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry will be performed over the winter season.
Foot steps in the North: Field work around the Tysfjord demonstration site
Tranøy, September 2020
The first GREENPEG field season was on the Tysfjord demonstration site, testing a set of helicopter-borne, drone-borne and ground based exploration techniques on high-purity-quartz-bearing pegmatite type occurrences. The testing revealed that for the Tysfjord area these type of raw material (RM) occurrences have specific gamma ray signature, which can be useful to delineate the lateral extension of near surface pegmatite. Complementary ground-borne georadar and geoelectric measurements were carried out to study potential signatures in the data, confining host rock and pegmatites. Drone-borne ortho photography was acquired to facilitate a high-resolution transfer of all data and interpretation in a 3D view. We also tested gravimetric and magnetic methods to investigate potential petrophysical contrasts between RM material and wall rock. Data processing and evaluation is ongoing.
GREENPEG started – a contribution to the EU´s strategic implementation plan to unlock domestic critical raw materials
GREENPEG goes to the virtual PDAC 2021 Toronto, Canada from 8-11 March
The European Union will be at the virtual mineral exploration and mining convention, PDAC 2021, in Toronto, Canada from 8-11 March. GREENPEG project is presented at the EU Research & Innovation - Mineral exploration and extraction booth. Our project partners will keep office hours over the entire duration of the trade show. Join us! Book a meeting or have matchmaking with our researchers, exploitation manager, and coordinator. The EU is attending the annual PDAC convention from 2018 to 2022 as part of its efforts to secure a sustainable supply of raw materials with the support of the ‘partnership instrument’ that funds global EU cooperation.
September 5-10 2021, Tønsberg, Norway: GREENPEG at QUARTZ2021 – International Symposium on Quartz
QUARTZ2021 gathers petrologists, mineralogists, sedimentologists, economic geologists, mining and processing engineers with one study object in common: QUARTZ. Quartz, the source of crystalline silicon metal in solar cells and about 1000 other applications, is classified as EU’s critical raw material. It is one of the target commodities of the ongoing GREENPEG exploration technology project. Besides its broad industrial applications, quartz is increasingly used for improved understanding of ore-forming and petrogenetic processes. The conference is followed by an exciting 3-day excursion to industrial mineral and metal deposits in southern Norway, including the Tørdal pegmatites, Litangen quartzite mine and Kongsberg silver mines. Join the symposium and be with us on the forefront research!