Photo: The QuartzCorp - in front of the Drag community center (from left to right): Stein Fridfeldt, Christian Hadley, Axel Müller and Thomas Guillaume
Photo: The QuartzCorp - in front of the Drag community center (from left to right): Stein Fridfeldt, Christian Hadley, Axel Müller and Thomas Guillaume

GREENPEG coordinator Axel Müller met The QuartzCorp (TQC) management including Thomas Guillaume (CEO), Benny Hallam (VP), Robert Kvamme, Christian Hadley and Oscar Nijs at Drag in northern Norway, to discuss the latest developments of pegmatite-deposit-adjusted exploration tools and preliminary exploration results related to the Tysfjord GREENPEG demonstration site. TQC is one of the major stakeholders of the GREENPEG project.

Among the discussed topics was the chemical quartz quality of Tysfjord pegmatites. Regional quartz chemistry mapping in the frame of GREENPEG revealed that the quartz chemistry of Tysfjord pegmatites is surprisingly consistent regionally being of very high chemical quality. These results increased the total volume of inferred quartz resources. Since spring 2022, TQC is upscaling mining at the Håkonhals pegmatite mine due to strong increasing demands of the specific quartz quality of the Tysfjord pegmatites. Thus, the news about increased resources was highly appreciated by TQC.

At the same day, QC organized the annual “dugnadsdag” (volunteer day) to support the Drag community by improving the village’s public facilities. This year, about 30 TQC employees together with other volunteers from Drag painted the kindergarten, fixed the lights of the village’s football field, repaired hiking tracks, among other things. This annual TQC volunteer day is very much appreciated by the local community because results can be seen immediately and increases the public acceptance of TQC.

The 2022 Living Planet Symposium organised by European Space Agency (ESA) took place on 23–27 May 2022 in Bonn, Germany with record-breaking numbers of more than 5000 participants. The event joined representatives from space agencies and international organisations and corporations, business and enterprise leaders, and world-class scientists from across the world. They have all come together to discuss how Earth observation can contribute to science and society, namely its role in advancing the comprehension of our planet and how it is being affected by climate change. With 240 science sessions, the symposium covered distinct thematic areas from Earth’s core, cryosphere, land and atmosphere.

The GREENPEG project participated with a Poster Presentation on Wednesday, the dedicated Climate Day, showing how the project results are essential for sustainable natural resources and energy, namely for the exploration of LCT pegmatites that are considered a major source of critical raw materials for the energy transition. Moreover, the work presented by the GREENPEG team, entitled “Exploiting Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data for province scale exploration: the GREENPEG project case studies”, highlighted the collaboration and integration of different instruments, namely between the Copernicus Sentinel Series. The work was very well received by either geoscientists or by data analysts and software developers, all recognizing the importance of the use of satellites as a non-invasive tool of the exploration chain.

The EC regards GREENPEG's contribution relevance with the following commitment: "The EU’s mineral potential remains under-explored, and the budget for exploring for metallic minerals in the EU remains low compared to other regions in the world. The future availability of raw materials from domestic sources is determined by the success of mineral exploration projects,... which requires geological knowledge and technological feasibility as well as social, environmental, political, and legal acceptability. As such the GREENPEG Consortium felt very excited to know that - after an intense session learning about objectives and achievements of other 16 projects funded by the Horizon 2020 and EIT Raw Materials - GREENPEG will be transferred directly onto the RMIS website."

Photo: The QuartzCorp - in front of the Drag community center (from left to right): Stein Fridfeldt, Christian Hadley, Axel Müller and Thomas Guillaume

The part of the IFU GmbH within the GREENPEG project is the geophysical surveying and drone-based data acquisition. In the first period of the project, IFU focused on developing, setting up and testing the hardware for ground-and drone-based hyperspectral data acquisition. This includes the heavy-duty drone system and the acousto-optical monochromator for hyperspectral imaging. See video of drone-base data acquisition here.

MINE.THE.GAP is an INNOSUP project which provides direct funding to SMEs as an innovation support. Its main instrument is open calls which can be seen as miniature H2020 open calls with far less bureaucracy for a grant up to 50.000€ per beneficiary. Through the open calls, MINE.THE.GAP brings SMEs from the raw materials sector together with companies that have solutions for a more digital, greener, and circular raw materials value chain.

Its second open call will be launched on 10 January 2022. As with reference to the composition of the GREENPEG consortium companies from Germany, Portugal and Spain are eligible to apply, we see this as a funding opportunity for those GREENPEG partners originating from these countries. In addition, as MINE.THE.GAP funds R&I projects at TRL 6-8, we regarded this as a clustering opportunity for GREENPEG. Therefore, this Info-Webinar is jointly held by MINE.THE.GAP and GREENPEG together with AXELERA (chemical cluster from France), IDiA (digital cluster from Spain) and ETPSMR (European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources).    

Here you can find the agenda for more information.

If you would like to participate, please register for the Info-Webinar here. If you encounter any troubles, please contact Mrs. Meng-Chun Lee (mengchun.lee@gkz-ev.de) for registration.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Info-Webinar!

Drone-born geophysical measuring devices ready for take-off at GREENPEG Tysfjord-Investion Site. (Photo: IFU GmbH)

GREENPEG project has been selected to participate in the EU Innovation Radar, an initiative to collect structured data about the innovation profile of EU funded projects and their outputs. The Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. The goal of this is to identify high-potential innovators and innovations; their specific ‘go to market’ needs; and, provide targeted recommendations. The aim is ultimately to encourage and support innovators in getting their innovations 'out of the lab' and into (or at least closer to) the market. You can find more information on this initiative in this link. The Innovation Radar is a complementary tool to the Horizon Results Platform. GREENPEG innovations in terms of technology development are seen in the introduction of the first EU certified helicopter nose stinger for district and prospect scale exploration, the piezoelectric seismometer as the only geophysical method which addresses the piezoelectric effect as a petrophysical characteristic to detect buried quartz-rich ore bodies, which commonly have indistinct low magnetic and radiogenic responses, and new drone-borne hyperspectral imaging tools for mapping small scale deposits.

Exploring the underground: Science journalists investigate lithium exploration in the glow of the helmet light. (Photo: Reimer, GKZ)

One of the most promising mining developments in Europe is taking place on the Koralpe near Wolfsberg in Austria: Lithium mineral spodumene hosted by pegmatites which - processed on site - can one day serve a significant share of the needs of European battery factories. The first of three GREENPEG Focus Group Meetings took place here with a tour and a themed workshop at GREENPEG partner European Lithium Ltd. Several science journalists and representatives from the specialist administration in Germany accepted our invitation. The meeting focused on the topic of securing raw materials for the energy transition as well as future technologies and the contribution that European mining can make here. As well as the discussion with the guests on questions of raw material awareness and the understanding of mining in society in the context of regional value chains and global socio-economic challenges. Both sides rated the meeting as a great benefit and the cooperation is to be expanded in the future with the participation of other stakeholders. The next GREENPEG Focus Group Meeting will take place in northern Spain in autumn 2022.

Read our Norwegian News about Tysfjord test sites: Drones and new algorithms to uncover hidden pegmatitic high-quality pure quartz occurrences.

Exploration techniques for LCT Pegmatites: Examples from Africa and Europe - Benedikt Steiner

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.

EVENTS – MEET GREENPEG!

The one-day conference on 14th of Mai 2024 aims at introducing GREEPEG research results to potential end-users and strengthening Europe’s strategic raw materials partnership with Namibia. The program focuses on advances in the exploration of pegmatites by research and experiences from past and ongoing pegmatite exploration and mining throughout Africa. The conference provides floor for contributions from the public and private surveying and exploration followed by a B2B session and networking.

Over 15th and 16th of May 2024 we offer a guided site visit to the famous Erongo Mountain pegmatite outcrops and exploration activities including one overnight stay in an African-style lodge. The conference is hosted by the EU HORIZON 2020 project GREENPEG, in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Namibia, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany, and Gecko Exploration, Namibia.

 

Find Programme here. The Call for Speakers is open until 30 April 2024.

 

Contact us! Email: contact@greenpeg.eu

The workshop will bring together relevant stakeholders at industry level and representatives of neighboring EU projects to explore and discuss the latest achievements made towards the demonstration of an innovative, competitive toolset for the exploration of buried LCT and NYF pegmatites, including three new instrumental techniques and devices: piezoelectric sensor, helicopter-complementary nose stinger magnetometer, drone-borne hyperspectral imaging system, and two new datasets for prospect scale (<50 km²) and district scale (50-500 km²) exploration. The Workshop will take place at the Auditorium 003, FC5, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugalx Address: Edifício dos Serviços Centrais FC5, piso 0, Rua do Campo Alegre, s/n, 4169-007 Porto.

Find the Programme HERE.

GREENPEG will be presented by a number of partners at the PDAC convention trade show, check out at the:

NOVEMBER 13-17 2023, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – EU RAW MATERIALS WEEK

GREENPEG project presentation on 13 November 14:15 – 14:30 by Claudia Haase, NGU

OCTOBER 31 UNTIL NOVEMBER 3 2023, LEVI, FINLAND – 14th FENNOSCANDIAN EXPLORATION AND MINING

GREENPEG will be at the tradeshow introducing GREENPEG Nose Stinger and GREENPEG Toolset CONTACT US

OCTOBER 30-31 2023, ROVANIEMI, FINLAND - EU SUPERCLUSTER LAPLAND GEOCONFERENCE

GREENPEG will be presented with 3 oral and 2 poster presentations introducing into the GREENPEG toolset, geophysical exploration advances in NYF-type pegmatite deposits in Tysfjord, Norway. CONTACT US