Innovative technologies for reducing industrial saline wastewater streams and derived environmental impacts by recovering and reutilizing minerals and water from the brine.
Zero Brine project proves that minerals, such as magnesium, and clean water can be recovered from industrial processes for their reuse in other industries, facilitating the implementation of the European Circular Economy Package and the SPIRE Roadmap by developing the technological solutions and business models for wastewater/brine resource recovery. To achieve this, technologies such as nanofiltration using regenerated membranes, eutectic freeze crystallization, forward feed evaporation and electrodialysis with bipolar membranes are being evaluated.
Eurecat is the leader of Spain’s demonstration site, focused on proving the technical and economic feasibility of implementing a circular economy scheme in the silica industry to recover water, sodium sulphate, waste heat and alkalis. Poland and Turkey partners host two other project pilots, while in the port of Rotterdam the technologies developed by the project will be demonstrated.
The project, coordinated by the University of Delft (Netherlands), counts with a consortium of 22 partners, including research centres, SMEs, construction companies and end-users from 10 different countries.