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Circular Processing of Seawater Brines from Saltworks for Recovery of Valuable Raw Materials

Project description

Innovative recovery of minerals from seawater brines

The ancient process of saltworks involves the natural evaporation and fractionated crystallisation of seawater. This process also produces a by-product of brine that is free of calcium and includes some crucial elements at 20 to 40 times more concentrated levels than seawater does. The EU-funded SEArcularMINE project will take the brine to develop and integrate three innovative technologies within a circular procedure that will target magnesium, lithium and other trace elements belonging to the alkaline/alkaline Earth metals or transition/post-transition metals group. These innovative technologies will be based on three different processes: reactive crystallisation, selective membrane separation, and selective sorption/desorption. By adopting a multidisciplinary method, the project will improve knowledge of the processes needed to recover minerals from brines and seawater.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2019-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO
Address
Piazza Marina 61
90133 Palermo
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 217 500

Participants (11)

INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 636 750
Address
Avenida Da Republica Quinta Do Marques
2781-901 Oeiras
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 797 761,25
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE NATIONALE D'INGENIEURS DE GABES
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 236 750
Address
Omar Ibn El Khattab
6029 Zrig Gabes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SUEZ GROUPE
France
EU contribution
€ 341 750
Address
16 Place De L'iris Tour Cb21
92040 Paris La Defense Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RESOURSEAS S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 661 000
Address
Edificio 16, Viale Delle Scienze (Arca)
90128 Palermo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKODENGE MUHENDISLIK MIMARLIK DANISMANLIK TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 193 250
Address
Hacettepe Universitesi Teknokenti 1Nolu Ar Ge Binasi Oda 18 Beytepe
06800 Cankaya Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTRIGO LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 465 875
Address
Olympic House, Pleasants Street
D08H67X Dublin 8
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOSALT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 232 875
Address
Zona Industriale Ronciglio Snc
91100 Trapani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 802 505
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 180 500
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 67 500
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments