Re-designing the Value and Supply Chain of Water and Minerals: A circular Economy Approach for the Recovery of Resources from Brine generated by Process Industries
June 2017 until November 2021
European Commission (EC) under the Horizon 2020 Program
Technische Universität Delft
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
Eurecat Fundacio CTM Centre Tecnologic
Witteveen+Bos Raadgevende ingenieurs B.V.
Universita Degli Studi di Palermo
Sociedad de Fomentp Agricola Castellonense, S.A.
European Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform
The University Court of the Univeristy of Aberdeen
IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB
Evides Industriewater BV
Tubitak Marmara Research Center
Huntsman (Europe) BVBA
Arvia Technology Limited
Project Manager at the Institute of Networked Energy Systems:
Dr. Thomas Pregger
The project aims at demonstrating new solutions to recover and recycle valuable materials present in industrial waste-water streams, in order to implement a circular economy approach in various process industries. This approach consists in the development of technological solutions and business models to redesign the post-treatment chains of the effluents generated by the industrial processes. New configurations will be devised to recover the resources present in the brines, such as pure water, sodium chloride and magnesium, while eliminating wastewater discharge and minimizing environmental impact of industrial operations. The project will integrate several existing and innovative technologies aiming to recover end-products of high quality and sufficient purity with good market value. A large scale demonstration plant will be developed in the Energy Port and Petrochemical cluster of Rotterdam Port, involving local large industries. The demo plant will be able to treat part of the brine effluents generated by the industry water supplier (EVIDES), while waste heat will be used in neighboring factories. Moreover, three large-scale pilot plants will be developed in other process industries, i.e. textile, coal mining and silica industry. The focus of the DLR activities is the development of an integrated model to simulate and optimize the treatment chains. The simulations will concern all the pilot plant operations, and include the different desalination and purification technologies accounted.