The ZERO BRINE project, a consortium of 22 research and business partners in 10 countries, has announced the release of its Online Brine Platform (OBP), an interactive web service connecting brine owners with mineral and water users and technology providers to promote the reuse of secondary raw materials and water.
The project aims to advance circular economy business models by redesigning the value and supply chain of water and minerals through the recovery of resources from brine generated by process industries.
Through the OBP, brine effluents are mapped alongside raw materials (minerals) and water streams used by process industries and effective brine treatment technology providers and waste heat streams.
The OBP will establish a network of interested stakeholders who can contact prospective business partners via an online forum. It also identifies potential business matches based on user profiles. In addition, a dedicated web portal offers information specific to saline wastewater management and reuse of secondary raw materials.
Registered users will have access to information on the available quantities and qualities of saline wastewater, recovered materials and resources needed by the end users, as well as the location and proximity to industrial sites.