Spring 2020 | Pilot Projects In Action

Spring 2020 | Pilot Projects In Action 1200 900 ZERO BRINE
Newsletter #4  |  SPRING 2020


Water use has increased sixfold over the past century and is rising by nearly 1% every year, according to UN-Water. Released in March, the UN World Water Development Report 2020 highlights the key role water management plays in climate change mitigation efforts. Withdrawing nearly 20% of freshwater resources, industry is no exception; data shows opportunities to reduce overall industry water consumption by up to 50%.

ZERO BRINE is proud to contribute to these efforts, advancing industrial circularity by redesigning the value and supply chain of water and minerals. Discover the latest updates on our work package activities, pilot results and event participation in this spring newsletter.
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Pilot Plant Updates

Demi Water Pilot 

Site 1 of the demi water pilot finished operations in February. All data and results are being analysed. Site II preparations are ongoing and compliant with current COVID-19 measures.

Silica Pilot 

The silica pilot in Spain finished at the end of 2019 with 75% water recovery suitable for on-site reuse. While the technology is economically feasible and implementable at industrial scale, final technical and economic viability will be determined from the crystallization results which are being analysed.

Coal Mine Pilot 

The coal mine pilot in Poland finished operations in April. Analysis of the data are underway; further conclusions will be provided in upcoming draft of report D3.5.

Textile Pilot 

The textile pilot in Turkey’s detailed design has been finalised. The pilot system was constructed on Zorlu Textile premises and connections were made. Tests for the start-up of the pilot system have commenced. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, progress has slowed down.


Textile Pilot Field Visit

The final project field visit to the textile pilot in Turkey is tentatively scheduled for October 2020, pending developments of COVID-19. Interested in joining? Contact media@zerobrine.eu.

ZERO BRINE in Action

second environmental survey took place in January near EVIDES  in Rotterdam Harbor. Five sites were sampled for sediment and three for water. The water samples are being analysed for basic physicochemical parameters. Two more missions will take place. The third mission in April was cancelled due to COVID-19 and rescheduled for July.

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In the Spotlight

In February, ZERO BRINE was a finalist for the Water Innovator of the Year 2020 award. A short promo video was filmed, which is available here.

In the Press

ZERO BRINE’s pilots, award nomination and participation to the EIP Water Innovation Conference have been featured in a variety of media outlets around Europe and beyond. See the latest coverage on our In the Press section.


See us at these upcoming events!*
Desalination for the Environment: Clean Water and Energy
| 7-11 June 2020, Las Palmas
Water in Industry | 24-28 August, Nanjing
Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES)SDEWES Conference | Cologne
IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition | 19-23 October, Copenhagen

Industrial Water 2020 | 17-19 November, Frankfurt
*Please note due to COVID-19 some events may be cancelled or rescheduled. Check the event website for the latest information.

Industry News

Several ZERO BRINE partners are involved in a new project BRINE MINING, demonstrating an advanced technique for eliminating coal mine wastewater (brines) combined with resource recovery.

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Coordinated by TU DELFT, the innovation project ZERO BRINE advances circular economy business model solutions to reduce industrial saline wastewater streams by recovering and reusing the minerals and water from the brine in other industries. ZERO BRINE is funded by the European Union’s H2020 Research and Innovation Program and includes 20 partners from research institutes, SMEs, construction companies, and end-users from 10 countries across Europe.
Scientific Coordinator
Prof.Dr.ir. L.C. Rietveld
Delft University of Technology
Building 23, Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
T.   +31 15 27 84732
E.   l.c.rietveld@tudelft.nl
Executive Project Coordinator
ir. J.R. Moll
Delft University of Technology
Building 23, Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
T.   +31 15 27 82969
E.   J.R.Moll@tudelft.nl
Innovation Manager
Dr. Dimitris Xevgenos
Sealeau B.V.
High Tech Campus 1e
5656AE Eindhoven
T.   +31 6 38 45 15 79
E.   info@sealeau.com
Media Contact
Danielle Kutka
Project Manager
Rue d’Arlon 63-67
1040 Brussels
T.   +32 2 318 39 84
E.   media@zerobrine.eu
The ZERO BRINE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research  and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 730390.