In the EFG, European Geologist Journal Stasi et.al. published an article explaining how the UNEXMIN project could support to the battery industry and energy transition in Europe.
The transition to renewable energy needs minerals to build wind, solar, and battery technology for energy production and storage. In order to help the development of this sector and to maintain and enhance the possibility of the EU to become more independent from the import of raw materials we need to improve the research activity for both known and undiscovered mineralization. For this purpose, the UNXEMIN project is developing autonomous submersible robots to explore, map and characterize abandoned flooded mines in Europe. Along with robot development, the first inventory of flooded mines in Europe has been created, that now contains more than 8,000 entries from 24 countries. This database can be used in the European industrial framework as a resource for research in specific critical raw materials.
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