The project aims to develop key big data technologies for mineral processing industries both in China and Norway to employ digitalisation technologies to increase production and decrease waste of resources. Industries in Norway and China confront enormous challenges in the mineral processing value chain, such as lengthy process flow, a large number of process and operation variables, frequent change in raw material properties which is difficult to label, coexistence of qualitative and quantitative information, data inaccuracy, etc. Thus, a joint international collaboration is required to solve the challenges through technology innovation and complementation using digitalisation. There are many technologies needed for a full implementation of the digital mine and metallurgy architecture. The partners in this consortium include three research institutes - SINTEF AS (Norway), Beijing General Research Institute of Mining & Metallurgy Technology Group (or BGRIMM, China), Northeastern University (or NEU, China), in collaboration with three industrial companies, a manganese ferroalloy producer - Eramet Norway (Norway), a Silicon ferroalloy producer - Elkem Norway (Norway), and a gold mine developer - Sanshandao Gold Mine. Several key digitalization technologies will be selected to develop to meet the challenges in the processing of silicon and manganese containing mineral, and gold ore. The researches focus on high precision data acquisition, artificial intelligence based on data analytics, and big data framework.
Project leader: Xiang Ma
Category: Teknisk-industrielle institutter
Institution: SINTEF AS