Autonomous drilling machines will save lives in the mining industry

The EU-backed PERSEPHONE project will employ autonomy to ensure human safety in mining, simultaneously making the industry greener and making a great stride towards European mineral independence through deeper excavation.

Mine worker, standing inside mine tunnel, wearing dirty work clothes and hard hat with a light on


  • Official title: Autonomous Exploration and Extraction of Deep Mineral Deposits
  • Total budget: 37 mio DKK
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Partners: Luleå University of Technology, Epiroc Rock drills Ab, Grecian Magnesite Mining Industrial Shipping and Commercial Company Societe Anonyme, International Raw Materials Observatory, MineRP, SPECTRAL Industries BV, KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, KGHM Cuprum Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia - Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe, University Of Patras, La Palma Research Centre.