ROBOMINERS – Developing a bio-inspired modular robot-miner for difficult to access mineral deposits

Lopes, Luís; Bodo, Balazs; Rossi, Claudio; Henley, Stephen; Žibret, Gorazd; Kot-Niewiadomska, Alicja; Correia, Vítor

Within the ROBOMINERS project an innovative technology for the future exploitation of small and difficult to access mineral deposits is being studied. The project has two main objectives. First, the development of a bioinspired reconfigurable robotic miner prototype, able to navigate, explore and mine selectively with a certain degree of autonomy. The robot-miner will be able to work under different conditions, making the exploitation of many mineral deposits economically feasible, while reducing social and environmental impacts associated with conventional mining methods. The second objective is the creation of a vision of a new mining ecosystem, its function, parts, research roadmaps and visions for years 2030 and 2050, including creation of novel ideas from other sectors, particularly robotics. The robotic ecosystem concept will be tested in representative sites across Europe with simulations, showcasing the different mining environments and conditions where it can be applied.

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Lopes, Luís / Bodo, Balazs / Rossi, Claudio / et al: ROBOMINERS – Developing a bio-inspired modular robot-miner for difficult to access mineral deposits. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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