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Development of radical innovations to recover minerals and metals from seawater desalination brines

Objective

SEA4VALUE wants to deliver a Multi-mineral Modular Brine Mining Process (MMBMP) for the recovery of valuable metals and minerals from brines produced in sea-water desalination plants. The project will proof the feasibility of the next generation technologies (including advanced concentration and crystallization processes and highly selective separation processes) for recovery of Mg, B, Sc, In, V, Ga, Li, Rb, Mo and set the basis for their future assimilation in already existing SWDP and those yet to come.

The EC and national public officials are well aware of the economic importance and supply risk of CRM and non-CRM, and are promoting new solutions for the recycling, exploration and mining of raw materials needs. SEA4VALUE puts together an industrially and user-driven consortium of 15 members that represent the whole value chain (from Water Infraestructure Operator to Processing Industry) who will extensively work during four years to proof that the measures presented are competitive, technically feasible, contribute towards circular economy strategies and sustainability goals.

SEA4VALUE will upscale 10 technologies by developing novel selective membranes; producing new 3D printed selective adsorbents; applying advanced metallurgical solutions including solvometallurgy, ionic liquids and supported liquid membranes; improving membrane crystallization; and, developing thermally-conductive polymer composite materials for the heat exchangers to be used in multi-effect distillation while building confidence for the market uptake of the recovered elements, and therefore considerably reducing the arrival into the market and its uptake of brine as new source of raw materials.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/desalination
  • /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

FUNDACIO EURECAT
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 967 250

Participants (14)

FCC AQUALIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 793 312,50
Address
Calle Federico Salmon 13
28016 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BASF SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 608 375
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 447 712,50
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DELLA CALABRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 325 750
Address
Via Pietro Bucci 7/11/B
87036 Arcavacata Di Rende
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 647 562,50
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DNIPROVSKIJ DERGAVNIJ TECHNICHNIJ UNIVERSITET
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 157 000
Address
Dniprobudivska Street 2A
51918 Kamianske
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SEALEAU BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 401 000
Address
Rotterdamseweg 183 C
2629 HD Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 434 000
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECNICAS REUNIDAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 547 250
Address
Calle Arapiles 14
28015 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 513 500
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DECHEMA GESELLSCHAFT FUER CHEMISCHE TECHNIK UND BIOTECHNOLOGIE E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 501 928,75
Address
Theodor Heuss Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN DESALINATION SOCIETY
Italy
EU contribution
€ 131 625
Address
Via Alvaro Del Portillo 21
00128 Roma
Activity type
Other
ASOCIACION CATALANA PARA LA INNOVACION Y LA INTERNACIONALIZACION DEL SECTOR DEL AGUA, CATALAN WATER PARTNERSHIP (CWP)
Spain
EU contribution
€ 142 095
Address
Carrer Pic De Peguera, 15
17003 Girona
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION INSTITUTE (ESCI) GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 377 375
Address
Lindenstrasse 87
26123 Oldenburg
Activity type
Other