01 Sep 2021 Mine the Gap – MINDINGSOILS Project begins
Today, 1st September 2021, officially starts the MINDINGSOILS project, the winning project of the European Mine The Gap call.
MINE.THE.GAP is an innovation project funded by the European Commission as part of the INNOSUP programme. The main ambition of the MINE.THE.GAP call is to provide SMEs in the mining sector from eight different European countries with the necessary tools to improve their competitiveness, boost their growth and implement new services, solutions and/or products through cross-sector and cross-regional collaboration.
The objective of the MINDINGSOILS project (Artificial soils with biochar applied to prevention of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) within circular economy framework) is to demonstrate, through a pilot test (TRL 7), innovative green technologies in the field of mine restoration and closure to prevent Acid Mine Drainage (AMD). The technology applied in the project is based on artificial soils, made from organic and inorganic waste from the mine and nearby areas. The applied technology will promote the reuse of mining waste, promoting the Circular Economy through an environmentally sustainable solution.
The European companies involved in the project have extensive and demonstrable experience in the mining environment. The consortium will be formed by 3 SMEs: EDAFOTEC (Spain), leader of the project, IMFLORESTAL (Portugal) and THARSIS MINING (Spain). The methodology developed (Artificial Soils with Biochar) will be applied as a pilot test for the first time in a mining area in Spain and even in Europe, being a very promising opportunity for the future of the sector.