Stephan Peters

Head Engineering Geology in Mining, NEXT

Over 33 years of experience in the field of geology and mining. Educated at the Johan Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main. Since 30 years working for the in the mining industry in different positions. Starting as mining geologist in the underground hard coal mines in Germany. Later engaged by Montan-Consulting und now DMT GmbH & Co. KG Germany Essen.

Manager and Co-ordinator for EU-RD projects with the focus of geotechnical investigations for underground coalmines and the development of special measurement equipment. Later than Exploration manager for many different commodities in different countries. Now also resource evaluation expert for the international capital market. Since 2008 EurGeol.

1995-2005 Part-time lecturer at TFH Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Institute for Geosciences. Since 2016 Expert for the EU as evaluator for mining and geology, RD Projects for the RFCS and Horizon 2020 fund.

26.06.2019 13:45 - 15:45 Session 5 - Royal Ballroom 3 (First Floor) | Royal 3 (first floor)

Development of New Exploration Technologies for More Efficient Ore Exploration (Horizon 2020 Project NEXT)

Within the Horizon 2020 project NEXT - New Exploration Technologies - methods are being developed to make raw materials exploration more efficient. NEXT aims at improving the success rate and reducing the exploration costs and environmental impact, and thereby enhance the acceptance of raw materials exploration in Europe.

For these objectives, the 16 project partners from leading research institutes, academia, service providers and industry in the EU are developing new geo-models, novel sensitive exploration technologies and data analysis methods which together are fast, cost-efficient, environmentally less intrusive, and therefore, potentially more socially acceptable. Methods developed reduce the current high exploration costs and aim at enhancing participation of civil society from the start of exploration, raising awareness and trust. Moreover, the reduced environmental impact of the new technologies and better knowledge about the factors influencing social licensing will help to improve the relationship between mining industry and broader society, a precondition for the further development of Europe´s extractive industry.

NEXT brings together mining industry, service providers and research institutions to develop an enhanced integrated exploration approach. It will utilize a new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technology for geophysical surveying combined with the well-established but constantly emerging portable geochemical exploration tools (XRF, LIBS, Raman) and remote sensing technologies. In addition, the consortium facilitates the biogeochemical technology for mineral exploration.