The Zero-Waste Mining XPRIZE team has begun drafting a high-level framework for the competition. Here is what’s been established so far:
Teams that have registered for the competition will draft a technology proposal for a zero-footprint mine for submission to the judging panel.
Length: 1 year
Output:* Detailed white paper describing the technology and processes, as well as a plan for post-competition scalability
***Evaluation Criteria: ***Environmental, Economic, and Technological Viability and Sustainability
Result: Milestone prizes for up to 10 teams
Semi-finalist teams will be provided with a well characterized copper ore sample from an operating mine for laboratory-scale development efforts.
Length: 2 years.
***Output: ***A well characterized metallic copper sample.
***Evaluation Criteria: ***Metallic copper grade and recovery, environmental impact of proposed methodology, and economic model.
Result: Milestone prizes for up to 5 teams.
**Round 3 **
Finalist teams will be given access to the mine site where they will set up a prototype-scale version of their technology.
Length: 2 years.
***Output: ***One metric ton of metallic copper in a market-ready format (e.g. cathode, powder, pellet, etc) .
Evaluation Criteria: Metallic copper grade and recovery, environmental impact study, and economic feasibility, and assessment of sustained mining operation performance.
***Result: ***Grand prize(s) for the team or teams that achieve the competition goals.
At XPRIZE we try to strike a balance between audacity and achievability. How achievable is this framework? What are we missing? What should we look for in order to ensure the long-term impact of the resulting technologies?
Now is the time to really DIG into the details!
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