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The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg

Resource Technology „Made in Germany“

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek

Toronto, 07.March 2012

PDAC 2012

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Innovation and technology is an increasingly effective

way to find new resources in a sustainable way.

Tom Albanese, CEO Rio Tinto

November, 2010

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Key Challenges for the Resource Industry

• Increasing global demand for mineral resources

• Decreasing discovery rate

• Deposits in challenging environments

• Decreasing grades

• Complex and fine-grained ores

• Demand for ‘new’ metals

• Environmental impact and public acceptance –

Sustainability

• Long project development pipeline

� Technological quantum leap needed

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Background Vision

The institute will become the national (European)

centre for researching and developing

technologies designed to assure and safeguard

the steady supply of mineral and metalliferous

raw materials for the German (and European)

economy.

Goals

• Development of new technologies

• Contribution to environmental protection and

sustainability

• Establishing meaningful economic relations

between European industry and resourcerich

countries

• Training of a new generation of resource

industry professionals for industry and

academia

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Building Research Competence

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

The Resources University. Since 1765.

Geosciences

Resource Technology

Material Sciences

Energy

Environment

Research on

resource technologies

• Founded August 2011 as a Helmholtz Institute being part of the Helmholtz Society

• Funded by national government (90%) and Free State of Saxony (10 %)

• Currently 16 staff members – aimed to expand to 100 by 2015

Material Sciences

Metal Geochemistry

Fluid Dynamics

Analytics

Resource Ecology

Helmholtz-Centre Dresden-Rossendorf

• Analytical and technical infrastructure currently shared with TU Bergakademie

Freiberg and HZDR – own infrastructure available by end of 2013

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Focus on Critical Metal and Mineral Resources

Exploration

Mining

Processing

Metallurgy

& Recycling

Modelling

& Valuation

Analytics

Processing of complex domestic resources

Distribution of high technology metals (Ge, Ga, In) in

conventional and unconventional raw materials

Biosorption, Bioleaching

Recycling of rare earth magnets

REE resources from exploration over processing and metallurgy to analytics

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Strategies for Utilization of ‘New’ Metals (Ge, Ga, In) as Byproducts

in Different Mineral Resource Types

Major metal

By-products

Sulfide ores

Sources: Reuter et al., Verhoef et al.

Mg

Ni

Pb

Co Fe

Al Cu

Ca/Si

Mg

Fe

Al

V

Ca/Si

PGM

Mn

Cr

Fe Al

Mg

Ti

As

Pb Zn

Al

V

Sn Mg

Cr

Mn Cu

Ti

As

Mn

Ti

V

Zn

Fe

Cu

Li

Cr

Ga

Ga

Zn

Sn

Au

Ge

In

Pb

Ni

Cd Ag Cu

Co

As

Bi Pd Os Ru

Rh

Ni

Ir Co Bi As

Ag

Au

Pt Te

Se

Pb Mg

Zn W

Ag

In As Cu

Mn

Ag

Sb Bi

Fe

Cu Pt Pb Nb

Cu

Au

Zn Ir Se Ta

Ru Mg

Hg

Mo Te

Co Rh Sb Fe

Sb

Os Cr

Ti

Hg

As

Ca/Si

Ca/Si

Fe

Sb

Ca/Si Hg

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif

Cl

B

Ni

Br

Mn

Al

Fe

Sn

V

Al Fe

Cr

Nb

Zr

Mg

Ta Mn

Oxidic ores

Sulfide+ Oxide

ores


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Bioleaching and Biosorption: Energy and Resource Efficient

Potentials of Biosorption:

• High selectivity

• Environmental friendly

• Coupled with bioleaching ?

Source: www.mining-technology.com

Bioleaching at Talvivaara Mine, Finland:

• Prod./a.: 33 kt Ni, 1,2 kt Co, 10 kt Cu,

60 kt Zn

• Duration: 5 years

• Recovery: 98%

Selective Bond

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Opportunities for Collaboration

For research institutions and universities

• Large research projects (funded by public research grants or by industry)

• Exchange of academic staff and students (funded by HGF, DAAD)

• Use of unique infrastructure (funded by HIF, HGF, or DAAD)

For industry

• Research projects of fundamental character, capitalizing on unique

expertise and infrastructure

• Development of innovative technologies

• Strategic technology advice

Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif


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Member of Helmholtz Society

Jens Gutzmer, Andreas Klossek I Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology I www.hzdr.de/hif

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