It is Sweden's innovation agency Vinnova who, with SEK 4 million, finances an in-depth preliminary study for the establishment of the Arctic Test test facility at Kaunisvaara mine in Pajala municipality.
It is a test bed for mining technology in the Arctic environment, focusing on minerals, sustainable social development and environmental innovations. The test facility should, inter alia, provide the opportunity to develop new technical solutions for green conversion.
In addition to the direct mining-related activities, the test beds also provide tests for vehicles, components and people's living conditions in the Arctic environment.
– We will have several researchers involved in the in-depth study. There is wide use for an Arctic test environment, in addition to the mining-related research activities, says Erik Höglund, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.
The in-depth study is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2018.
– We have a good dialogue with the region of Norrbotten and with the County Administrative Board in Norrbotten, as well as a close cooperation with Pajala municipality. It is important for Luleå University of Technology to have strong regional involvement, says Erik Höglund.