Looking down the bore of a multi-barreled threat to the future of mining in the region, European industry stakeholders plan on firing a few preemptive shots of their own to clear the way for ongoing mineral exploration and mining projects using less resources and with smaller impact on society and the environment.
Pointing out that many of Europe’s actively mined orebodies face eventual depletion — and any traditional effort to replace those reserves will likely involve complex procedures and consume large amounts of energy and water — German electronic specialist Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS announced in July the kickoff of a project in collaboration with three other partners to use artificial intelligence and sensor fusion technologies to analyze the concentration of valuable minerals as early as possible in the exploration process, and thereby conserve resources.
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