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Sustainable Natural Resource Management Research Infrastructure

Description of the RI

The Sustainable Natural Resource Management Research Infrastructure includes the infrastructure of the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering at the University of Miskolc supplemented by the Infrastructure of the Applied Earth Sciences Research Institute. Also includes the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Natural Resource Management established by the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering, where four scientific workshops were created. Raw Material Management includes primary and secondary raw materials exploration, mining, preparation technology development, mining and industrial waste processing, metal bearing waste processing, waste management and environmental legal analysis. In the Energy Management Scientific Workshop, the main topics are biomass, geothermal energy, renewable gas, carbon-dioxide storage. The Geo-Information Processing Scientific Workshop deals with inversion methods, spectral and geoelectric methods, the development of numerical methods for geological, petrographic mineral development numerical methods, surveying and GIS methods. The main topics in the Water Resources Management and Sustainable Soil Use are innovative water management, protection of groundwater resources, hydrodynamic and transport modelling, geophysical exploration methods of water.

The Applied Earth Science Research Institute (AFKI) offers innovative procedures and services that focuses on the sustainable and efficient exploitation and protection of underground storage systems. This includes the exploitation of the thermal energy of deep geothermal reservoirs and laboratory experiments to support the design, interpretation, and related knowledge of high-efficiency geothermal systems (EGS).

The following major equipment can be found in the Research Infrastructure: air classifiers, crushers and mills, bioreactors, separators, flat die pelletizer, laser particle analyzer, zeta potential meter, shear testers, dynamic triaxial equipment, permeabimeter, 3000 kN telemetric 48-channel measuring equipment, geoelectric 72-channel resistance and ip measuring instrument, burst protection simulator, viscometers, microprobe equipped with WDX-EDX spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers, DTA, stereomicroscopes, XRF, porosimeter, BET specific surface area and pore size distribution testers, powder rheometer, isothermal calorimeter, scanning electron microscope.

Activities and Services

Water resources management, raw material management, waste management, biomass, geothermal energy, renewable gases, carbon dioxide storage and geoinformation, utilization of thermal of thermal energy from deep geothermal reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Development of waste processing technologies. Grinding. Rock mechanics tests. Mineralogy studies. Geophysical measurements. Measuring system and device development. Petrophysical measurements. Geothermal energy recovery. Carbon-dioxide storage in a geological environment (CCS). Rock core sample experiments, reservoir model building, routine, and special rock core sample analysis. Hydrodynamics and transport modelling. Soil mechanical tests. Studies related to the production and processing of renewable energy sources (biomass, biogas). Water and wastewater treatment, purification procedures and tests. Soil research.


Single sited

University of Miskolc, Faculty of Earth Science
and Engineering and Applied Earth Science
Research Institute (AFKI)


Fully operational, 2011–


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  • University of Pannonia Faculty of Engineering
  • University of Pécs Faculty of Engineering and
  • Information Technology
  • University of Szeged
  • University of Sopron Faculty of Forestry

  • TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Technical University of Košice
  • University of Wrocław
  • University of São Paulo
  • Changsha University of Science and Technology
  • National Metallurgical Laboratory India
  • Belgrade University
  • AGH University of Science and Technology
  • University College London

Gábor Mucsi, Dean


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