About the project

A Holistic Digital Mine 4.0 Ecosystem is a project focused on industrialization, informatization and sustainable development of the mining sector. We aim to provide solutions that will build a novel mining digital ecosystem and a systemic structure for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in mining industrial environments. Mine.io solution will embrace the whole mining system value chain from resources’ exploration, extraction, and processing to waste management and post mining activity.  




7 Pilot Use Cases


€ 14M


42 months


The objectives of the project are designed to address key challenges and drive innovation in the mining industry.

9 objectives of the Mine.io project:

  • Build an open, digital and sophisticated digital infrastructure and the foundation of the “hyperconnected business” in the Mining Industry 4.0 production.
  • Develop advanced, low-impact, smart integrated solutions to boost the sustainable discovery of strategic raw materials in Europe.
  • Advance mobility, Logistics and Supply Chain Operations.
  • Digitalization of assets and process equipment.
  • Advance sustainable mining
  • Demonstrate and evaluate all Mine.io concepts and solution in real-scale regional-scope pilots (implemented in WP6) – demonstrate the feasibility (evidence-supported) of innovative technological solution supporting the I4.0 transition in mining sector.
  • Organize and facilitate the uptake, replication and upscaling of the technological solutions developed by Mine.io.
  • Plan and facilitate the exploitation of project results.
  • Communicate and disseminate the project’s scientific and technical results – outreach to other R&D initiatives, end users’ communities and the global mining environment ‘for knowledge transfer and market development through liaison and training activities.
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Expected Impact


Mine.io will lead the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, as well as environmentally and sustainable compliant and economic alternatives to conventional mining, to accelerate and steer the smart digital transition towards the full exploitation of EU mineral resources.


The Mine.io framework will deploy and implement a series of digital, robotic and smart sustainable technologies in all four levels of mineral exploitation (exploration, extraction, processing and waste management). This way the project will deliver a holistic solution for the whole value chain of mineral resources exploitation.

Mine.io will follow a combined approach for exploring, extracting, processing and waste management of valuable metals in a more safe and environmentally friendly approach.


Mine.io is expected to contribute to making Europe the first smart and digitally led circular, climate neutral and sustainable economy through improved eco-friendly systems such as the vehicle electrification in mining to support sustainable development, meeting environmental objectives (minimizing the CO2 footprint by eliminating the use of fossil fuels through the electrification of the underground mobility means), alongside with worker safety.

On the same time, Mine.io digital simulations and data driven technologies will help meet the mining operators’ major challenges by improving operational performance, lowering the CO2 footprint, and reducing operational costs


Mine.io project will Energy saving and production improvement, through electrification and proces automation.


Mine.io project will develop a holistic solution covering the whole life cycle of mine’s operations, and involves digitalised solutions for the digitalization of assets and process equipment and technologies, sustainable mining through resources exploitation technologies and waste management, technologies for GHG footprint reduction


The technologies will be embraced by a novel digital infrastructure that will facilitate the openness, sharing and collaboration.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area.

Legal entities from the EU and associated countries can participate.