Blue Nodules is a research and innovation project to develop a deep sea mining system for the harvesting of polymetallic nodules from the sea floor with minimum environmental impact.
The strategic importance of a sustainable supply of raw materials to the EU has been well recognised in different strategic policy documents. The Europe 2020 Strategy highlighted the importance of this issue both within the "Industrial policy" and "Resource efficiency" Flagship initiatives, and in the associated Roadmap on Resource Efficiency. Particular importance is given to the expected supply shortages of Critical Raw Materials (CRM). CRM are vital for Europeâ€™s innovative technologies, for the manufacture of crucial alloys and for new and innovative products like batteries for electric cars, photovoltaic systems and devices for wind turbines.