The University of Exeter with 22000 students, is ranked amongst the The Times Higher Education World University Rankings top 1 per cent of universities in the world. In 2014 the UK Research Excellence Framework rated 98 per cent of research as of international quality. With more than 220 EU funded projects, the University has significant experience of participating in and managing European research and innovation. Camborne School of Mines (CSM) is a multidisciplinary department on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall with ca. 400 students and 27 academic staff. It brings together research expertise across the whole mining life cycle, including geology, mining and minerals engineering, environmental and social aspects. Links with Geography, Social Science, Business, History, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and the Environment and Sustainability Institute in the university facilitate further indisciplinary work. CSM participates in nine current major European projects, has alumni worldwide and many industry partners. It is also well connected to local government and civic society in Cornwall and to a diverse network of local mining and mining-related businesses in the region (Cornwall Mining Alliance).

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The electric car revolution, together with the increasing demand for electronics and renewable energy technologies, has led to a rise in the prices for tin and lithium. It is expected that the demand for lithium will rise two to threefold by 2025, due to its use in electric consumables and for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. The...

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 776811 — H2020-SC5-2017.