Frequently Asked Questions

What is UNEXMIN?

UNEXMIN (UNderwater EXplorer for flooded MINes) is a European project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, involving a number of institutions from various countries in Europe.

What are our objectives?

In UNEXMIN we want to create a fully autonomous Robotic Explorer, named UX-1, that will use non-invasive methods for 3D mine-mapping in Europe’s inaccessible flooded and deep mines. This will lead to valuable geological and mineralogical information that may result in a reopening of long-inactive mines with new exploration scenarios, if the gathered data supports economic feasibility.

UNEXMIN specific goals are:

  • To design and build a multi-platform Robotic Explorer for autonomous 3D mapping of flooded deep mines
  • To demonstrate the operation of the prototype at a set of representative sites
  • To develop an open access platform for technology transfer and further development between stakeholders
  • To develop a research roadmap in support of further technology development
  • To develop commercial services for exploiting the technology

Why UNEXMIN will be so important in the future?

Europe has about 30,000 closed mine sites, many of which have considerable amounts of important raw materials, leftovers from previous explorations.

As raw materials become more and more scarce, Europe will have to adapt to new conditions and start looking for resources that were left behind in the past, using innovative and environmentally-friendly methods – with the UNEXMIN project this search for long inaccessible resources could be materialised.

Where will the UX-1 be tested?

UX-1 will be tested in a number of increasingly harsher environments. Such test sites will include:

  • Kaatiala pegmatite mine, Finland
  • Urgeiriça uranium mine, Portugal
  • Idrija mercury mine, Slovenia
  • Ecton copper mine, UK

I think UNEXMIN is a great project and would like to help develop it. How can I do this?

The UNEXMIN consortium welcomes all kinds of input from interested parties. Just contact the project coordinator Norbert Zajzon at .

How can I be informed on project updates?