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The ¡VAMOS! Sustainable Underwater Mining Solution

Bakker, E.; Žibret, G.; Rainbird, J.

¡VAMOS! – Viable Alternative Mine Operating System – is a research project funded by the H2020 program which is building a prototype underwater mining system that will provide a novel way of exploiting inaccessible inland mineral resources that lie beneath the water table. The project is developing a submerged remotely controlled mining vehicle prototype with associated launch, recovery and ore collecting equipment. The system is also equipped with cutting-edge technology for environmental data collection and real-time grade control. The ¡VAMOS! technology is expected to provide major advantages in the fields of environmental sustainability and safety with respect to conventional mining methods. Two separate field trials will prove the environmental integrity and eromic viability of the concept.

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