The BGR in Hannover will host this years’ r4 conference in which the research projects funded through the BMBF r4 programme Innovative Technologies for Resource Efficiency will be presented. The event will take place on the 20th and 21st of October 2016.
In 2015, Dr. J. Petersen, University of Cape Town (UCT), acquired funding for a research project on the in-situ leaching of REE complementary to SEM². Clay samples from the Tantalus mine have since been shared with UCT in order to kick-start their research activities. In March 2016 Dr. Haschke (GUB) visited UCT to visit the laboratory facilities and discuss project progress. We look forward to a constructive cooperation with Prof. Petersen and his team.
The first project workshop took place December 2nd 2015 at the premises of the GMBU e.V., Halle. The project partners presented the current status of their respective work packages and used the chance for subsequent discussions.
The next meeting will be on June 1st, 2016 at 10:00 AM at HZDR.
The Kick-Off Meeting for the SEM²-project took place June 16th at the G.U.B. premises in Dresden. Ms. Krüger and Ms. Liebs, Forschungszentrum Jülich, provided an introduction on financial and administrative concerns. The project partners – GUB, GMBU, HZDR (Inst. for Resource Technology), HZDR (Inst. of Resource Ecology) and IPK – presented their work packages and discussed project coordination and implementation aspects.
The next consortium meeting will be on December 2nd at 10:00 AM at GMBU e.V. Halle.
The Kick-Off Meeting for the assistance measure “r4 – Economically strategic materials“ took place between the 10th and 11th of June at the CUTEC Institute in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Faulstich, director of the CUTEC Institute, moderated the presentation of the 26 project.
In October 2014 Dr. Sabine Kutschke, Helmholtz Institute for Resource Technology, and Lisza Zeidler, GUB undertook the sampling in collaboration with employees of the Tantalus mine in Madagascar. Based on geological maps indicating REE abundance, sample pits and depths were selected. About 1 ton of lateritic material from 15 pits was collected and shipped to Germany.