Introducing EUREG – Research Cooperation in the field of mining and tunnelling

The four universities will cooperate as „European Rock Extraction Research Group“
from left to right: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Moser (Montanuniversität), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt (TU Bergakademie Freiberg), Rector Wilfried Eichsleder (Montanuniversität), Dr. Thomas Bartnitzki (RWTH Aachen), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Langefeld (TU Clausthal)

The four universities Rheinisch-Westfälische Technischen Hochschule Aachen, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Technische Universität Clausthal and Montanuniversität Leoben have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the occasion of the fall meeting 2016 of the Austrian Miners Association “Bergmännischer Verband Österreichs (BVÖ)”

As per the MoU, the four universities formed the „European Rock Extraction Group (EUREG)” to collaborate in the field of material extraction in mining and tunnelling.

The objectives for collaboration include:

  • joint, coordinated research activities and publications
  • joint participation in national and European research projects
  • joint applications for regional, national and European funding
  • exchange of scientific data
  • collaborative use of existing R&D infrastructure
  • representation towards other research- and industrial partners as “European Rock Extraction Research Group”
  • exchange programs for scientific staff and students
  • joint organisation of conferences and relevant activities

Objectives of EUREG

The objective of EUREG is to significantly improve the selectivity and extraction rate of current and future rock cutting systems in mining and tunnelling. Therefore, by means of collaborative R & D, new methods for hard rock cutting shall be developed that provide the foundation to:

  • improve health, safety and the overall work environment
  • optimize systems within the operation
  • increase efficiency of rock cutting and overall extraction process
  • decrease costs for extraction through lower energy consumption and improved efficiency of processes and technologies
  • enable automation for underground hard rock cutting processes
  • improve environmental sustainability of operation
  • improve the social acceptance of raw materials extraction

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