The Finnish company Outotec has delivered the world's first university-based minipilot concentrator to the Department of Process and Environmental Engineering of the University of Oulu in Finland. The small research and minerals processing plant is designed for a learning environment and represents the concentrating process of the Pyhäsalmi mine in Finland on the scale of 1:5000.
The minipilot concentrator offers an innovative environment for education and research of minerals processing unit operations. The equipment will support the University of Oulu’s aim to become the global leader in minerals processing technology research. In addition to Outotec's delivery, Schneider Electric has delivered the automation and process control solutions and Logica Finland the production management system for the minipilot plant.
Improving education and expertise
“It is very exciting to have a minipilot concentrator with top-notch technologies as a learning environment at the University of Oulu. It will strengthen our mining expertise and increase cooperation opportunities with other mining schools. We have already received inquiries from as far as China,” says Ilkka Hynynen, Project Manager of the minipilot concentrator at the University of Oulu.
According to Outotec CTO Kari Knuutila, the minipilot in Oulu will promote the study of minerals processing science and increase expertise in Finland and globally. He believes that it will also support the sustainable development of the mining industry.