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Blue Nodules is a research and innovation project to develop a deep sea mining system for the harvesting of polymetallic nodules from the sea floor with minimum environmental impact.
Uniresearch Role

Uniresearch was contracted by the initial consortium to write and compile the grant application. After approval of the Blue Nodules project, Uniresearch has been assigned the task of project management facilitator and lead the dissemination, exploitation and communication activities. This means that Uniresearch is the main partner to establish all necessary tools for communication and management.

Annemarie Mahieu
Grant Consultant
Jaap Struijk
View Team

The Blue Nodules project will develop a new highly-automated and technologically sustainable deep sea mining system for the harvesting of polymetallic nodules from the sea floor. The key objectives of Blue Nodules are:

  1. An industrially viable business case for polymetallic nodule at water depths of 3,000 to 6,000 metres.
  2. In-situ processing (sediment separation and sizing) and onboard processing (dewatering and conditioning).
  3. Excellent intrinsically safe working conditions.
  4. Minimum environmental impact.
  5. Compliance with the relevant policies and regulations.

Facts & Figures
  • Acronym: Blue Nodules
  • Start date: 1 Februari 2016
  • Duration: 54 Months
  • Total budget: 8M€
  • EC funding: 8M€
  • EC contract number: 688975

The project consortium consists of 14 partners from nine (9) EU countries.