Learn the latest technological innovations in industrial wastewater circularity as our panellists discuss projects at the forefront of recovering valuable resources from industry brines. Will ‘mining’ resources from industrial brine be key for Europe’s economic competitiveness? Join us to gain a new perspective of how opportunities in brine management could also be a contender for building climate resilience more globally.
Transitioning towards a circular economy is a priority for our society, but also a complex that requires the alignment of many different voices, interests and priorities to drive society down the path towards circularity and for it to be fully embraced.
This interactive workshop will focus on three key drivers of social acceptance for circular economy initiatives, namely the technological infrastructure leading to circularity, its sustainability impact, and the supporting business model.
Experts in these three drivers will lead a discussion on how to accelerate social acceptance for circularity based on the results of ZERO BRINE, an EU innovation action project aimed at improving the circularity of industrial production through the recovery of resources from industrial wastewater.
In addition to our experience with ZERO BRINE, we will also discuss the more general challenges in communicating circular solutions, and their impact on the three key drivers of social acceptance. Other aspects including the diversity of people involved will also be discussed. The experiences of participants will be key in facilitating the discussion and to help develop guidelines for fostering the social acceptance of circularity.
Sr. Scientific Researcher (Energy & Circular Systems) KWR Water Research Institute & Programme Director, Industrial Fluids Processing, Institute for Sustainable Process Technology
Dr. Gijsbert Korevaar
Assistant Professor Industrial Symbiosis, faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management at TU Delft
Dr. Giulia Calabretta
Associate Professor of Strategic Value of Design, Delft University of Technology
Prof. Patricia Osseweijer
Coordinator Water Mining, Biotechnology and Society Section Lead, TU Delft, and ZERO BRINE Advisory Board Member
Welcome by Kees Roest (moderator)
Introduction to the structure of the ZERO BRINE project – Gijsbert Korevaar
Videos of the ZERO BRINE pilot plants in Poland and Spain
Social acceptance discussion between participants and researchers from the consortium led by Patricia Osseweijer
A business model perspective, by Giulia Calabretta
Inputs from integrated sustainability assessment, by Gijsbert Korevaar
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Come partner del progetto europeo ZERO BRINE, l’Università degli Studi di Palermo organizza un training online sul recupero di prodotti ad alto valore aggiunto da soluzioni esauste provenienti dagli impianti di addolcimento dell’acqua. Il processo innovativo proposto, basato sul concetto di economia circolare, permette di ridurre l’impatto ambientale e di incrementare la possibilità di profitto.
Le soluzioni di scarto sono ancora ricche di minerali che possono essere recuperati
Durante il workshop verranno presentati i risultati ottenuti dal funzionamento di un impianto pilota, installato con successo a Rotterdam (Olanda), con lo scopo di recuperare Mg(OH)2 e Ca(OH)2 da soluzioni esauste provenienti dal processo di rigenerazione delle resine a scambio ionico prodotte presso Evides Industriewater B.V.
Lo scopo è quello di fare incontrare produttori di salamoie e industrie interessate a trovare nuove risorse di minerali, come ad esempio il magnesio, insieme a technology providers e policy-makers.
10:00 – 10:30
Saluti e introduzione al progetto ZERO BRINE
10:30 – 11:00
Presentazione del caso studio e dei risultati ottenuti
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22 July 2021 – 10:00 AM CET Online Event – Livestream
As part of the ZERO BRINE project, the University of Palermo is hosting an online training focusing on the recovery of valuable products from spent brines produced in water softening plants. Such a process, utilising the concept of the circular economy, enables the reduction of negative environmental impacts while also increasing economic potential.
Waste brines are rich with recoverable minerals
During the workshop we will present results obtained from the successful installation of a pilot-plant to recover Mg(OH)2 and Ca(OH)2 from the spent brine produced by the regeneration of ionic exchange resins at Evides Industriewater B.V., in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). The aim is to bring together brine owners and industries interested in finding new sources of minerals such as magnesium, together with technology providers and policy-makers.
*Please note that this event will be held in Italian
10:00 – 10:30
Welcome and introduction to the ZERO BRINE project
10:30 – 11:00
Presentation of water industry case study and results
11:00 – 11:15
Virtual tour of the Brine Excellence Centre at UNIPA