The EU initiative for Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems, SIMS, is a three year project that will begin next year. SIMS has a total budget of 168 million SEK, with most of the funding coming from Horizon 2020, EU:s biggest research and innovation programme.
Luleå University of Technology recieves 37 million SEK for research and development of intelligent mining systems.
SIMS is an initiative to encourage job growth while improving mining practices around the world.
– This is one of the largest EU projects on mining technology ever, and we are proud that Luleå University of Technology has a significant role in it. SIMS is an industry-driven top project, focusing on testing and demonstration of new technologies. We participate in the parts related to research and development, but also outreach, says Jenny Greberg, Associate Professor in Mining and Rock Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
Leading companies participating
SIMS will be led and coordinated by Atlas Copco. Members of the consortium are the mining companies Boliden and LKAB from Sweden, Agnico Eagle from Finland, KGHM Cuprum from Poland and K+S KALI from Germany.
Participating is also ABB, Ericsson, Mobilaries and RWTH Aachen University, as well as Luleå University of Technology.
– Stakeholder expectations are high, but with such a strong consortium, we are sure to deliver, says Mikael Ramström, Atlas Copco's Manager of Global Strategic Projects and Alliances, who is now taking on the role as Project Coordinator SIMS.
Luleå University of Technology will have the leadership for four of the total of eight work packages in SIMS:
Outreach and Process control (WP-leader: Jenny Greberg).
Robotics (WP-leader George Nikolakopoulos, Professor in Control Engineering).
Ground control (WP-leader Tristan Jones, Senior lecturer in Mining and Rock Engineering).
Attractive workplace (WP-leader Jan Johansson, Professor in Industrial Work Environment).
– It is a lot happening in the mining industry regarding safety, sustainability and efficiency. Modern battery technology replaces diesel and a higher degree of automation leads to improved safety. It is a strength that Luleå University of Technology can involve several of its areas in the SIMS project, says Jenny Greberg, adding:
– Our significant role in the project is a proof of Luleå University of Technology being a leading mining university.