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ROBOMINERS Project Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Thursday, 17 November 2005

Resilient Bio-inspired Modular Robotic Miners

ROBOMINERS will develop a bio-inspired, modular and reconfigurable robot-miner for small and difficult to access deposits.

The aim is to create a prototype robot that is capable of mining underground, underwater or above water, and can be delivered in modules to the deposit via a large diameter borehole. In the envisioned ROBOMINERS technology line, mining will take place underground, underwater in a flooded environment.

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Within the project duration, the consortium aims more particularly at:

  • Constructing a fully functional modular robot miner prototype following a bio-inspired design, capable of operating, navigating and performing selective mining in a flooded underground environment;
  • Designing a mining ecosystem of expected future upstream/downstream raw materials processes via simulations, modelling and virtual prototyping;
  • Validating all key functions of the robot-miner to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4;
  • Using the prototypes to study and advance future research challenges concerning scalability, resilience, re-configurability, self-repair, collective behaviour, operation in harsh environments, selective mining, production methods as well as for the necessary converging technologies on an overall mining ecosystem level.

Mor info at the ROBOMINERS Website.

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