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Zero Waste Mining

Zero Waste Mining

Industrial waste from extractive industries is growing exponentially in response to consumer demands for innovative and breakthrough technologies. However, these advancements come at a cost. Mining raw materials for computer logic, circuitry, wiring, batteries, and structural components all yield dangerous by-products. Extraction produces acids, toxic metals, and carcinogens, which are managed using tailings ponds stored behind human-made dams containing toxic slurries with water.

This XPRIZE Grand Challenge awards a moonshot idea or technology that can extract critical metals, minerals, and rare earth elements without solvents, strip-mining, or excess rock left in stockpiles, all the while proving that water contamination will never again be a threat. Zero industrial waste will provide a bridge to an abundant, healthy coexistence for the planet and for people.

 

“At no time in history have industry, thought leaders, environmentalists, and a highly diverse and crowdsourced global community of technologists, scientists, and garage innovators come together to solve the largest crisis of upstream pollution: global mining. We’re a deeply passionate team of evangelists, thrilled to be catalysts for all to engage in this XPRIZE Grand Challenge design.”

- ZERO WASTE MINING TEAM

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Team Sponsor

The Chilean Mining Consortium (ChMC) represents a private-public partnership between four leading copper mining companies operating in Chile (Anglo-American, Antofagasta Minerals, BHP Billiton, and Codelco) and the National Innovation and Development Council (CNID). The consortium is committed to making a sustainable and inclusive mining industry and contributing to Chile’s effort to grow into a global mining hub of innovation. Its desire to tackle the global grand challenge of Zero Waste Mining is the result of the urgent need to secure human progress and breakthroughs—based on tech innovations on a massive scale—with future green extractive mineral industries.

Meet the Team

Diego de Haro

Diego de Haro
Impact Designer

“I am passionate about pushing limits and building innovation through questioning the status quo. I thrive on my sense of curiosity and ability to deconstruct systems and problems into bare-minimum components. I love to curate, edit, challenge, and build on ideas. I will bring a highly analytical and detail-oriented mind-set with a relentless attitude that questions everything and everyone. I am excited to have deep and empathetic conversations with subject matter experts, key stakeholders, and rebellious thinkers around pressing challenges to aid in bringing about meaningful change.”

Edward Silva

Edward Silva
Impact Designer

“I am driven by global examples of our food system producing win-win-win situations where farmers are well supported, their local environments and communities thrive, and consumers make smart, healthy decisions. It reminds me that my passion for a more viable food and agricultural system is within reach. In Visioneers 2017, I will contribute bridging big-picture thinking with tangible next steps, much thanks to my quick-start nature and farm-raised work ethic.

As a Visioneer, I am excited about the rare opportunity and time to truly dig deep into a specific and globally impactful challenge. A problem well defined is a solution half solved, and Visioneers 2017 is affording me an opportunity to blaze a prominent path in defining this problem."