Matchmaking Event TKI Energy and Industry

During this event key parties in the field (ISPT, TNO, WUR) are connected with universities, government and industry. The event focuses on the 7 themes of the MOOI scheme.

The knowledge network NL GUTS, the Netherlands Group of Users of Technology for Separation, aims to exchange and disseminate knowledge about separation processes between companies and between industry and the knowledge infrastructure.

NL GUTS does this by organizing interactive meetings, stimulating networking, building and maintaining a knowledge file and by initiating and implementing joint exploratory (research) projects.

NAP is a network of companies in the process industry and aims to strengthen the value chain, consisting of plant owners, engineering firms and suppliers.

The famous ISPT course is back in 2020, on 10-12 March.

In this course, several important molecular affinity separation techniques will be taught by experts in the field, this includes: crystallization (dr. ir. Gerrit Westhoff, Friesland Campina), membrane separations ( Wiebe de Vos, University of Twente), chromatography and adsorption (prof. dr. ing. Michel Eppink, Synthon BV and Wageningen University), liquid-liquid extraction (prof. dr. ir. Boelo Schuur, University of Twente), and separation case study (prof. dr. ir. Boelo Schuur, University of Twente).

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Last month Renaud Merlet successfully defended his PhD dissertation. His research was part of one of ISPT’s projects.


Renaud Merlet was born in France. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Polymer Engineering atthe Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. After having worked four years at Kemira’s R&D Specialty Chemicals department as a scientist, he embarked upon a European Master’s. This resulted in a Master’s thesis at the University of Twente.

It was there in Twente that he started the Ph.D. project “Modular functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic membranes”. This was in partnership with TU Delft and jointly funded by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The program was supervised by Louis Winnubst and Arian Nijmeijer.

The project expands the boundaries of ceramic membrane separations by developing several new hybrid, ceramic-based membranes. These membranes perform in challenging applications such as the nanofiltration of apolar solutions, acid or basic media, high temperature applications, as well as CO2 separation.

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Read more about Renaud’s dissertation here.

Open book with glasses

The summit strives to foster ideas, technology, plans & projects to address this challenge by bringing together all relevant parties and expertise from around Europe.

The IWA Young Water Professionals BeNeLux Conference provides unique networking opportunities by bringing together people from water-related research, industry and policy making backgrounds who all share a common interest in sustainable water use (policy). Besides the transfer of scientific research knowledge, the conference aims to be the place for all PhDs, post-docs, professors and professionals under 35 to interact and to create lasting bridges in the water sector. Furthermore, several keynote speakers from industry will be invited to discuss job opportunities and social and creative sessions will be organised to make the experience fun and rewarding.

The Dutch soft matter meeting aims at providing a regular forum of discussion and exchange between Master and PhD Students, Postdocs, and Senior Scientists working on topics of soft condensed matter physics in the Netherlands. The meeting will be for a day and will feature several scheduled talks and short soundbites. It will also offer ample opportunity for discussion. There will be a fee of €20 to cover the local expenses for catering.

The IWA world water congress & exhibition is the global event for water professionals covering the entire water cycle. As the congress rotates through cities and countries each event has an extra emphasis on issues of specific interest to the region.

There will be a strong representation and contribution from Nordic and Baltic Sea countries, making the IWA congress & exhibition a vital opportunity to learn about the Nordic water challenges and solutions, including participation in technical site visits.

Get to know the Worlds of Automation, Laboratory, Motion & Drives, Electronics and Industrial Processing at WoTS 2020.

World’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.

The ZERO BRINE project aims to facilitate the implementation of the Circular Economy package and the SPIRE roadmap in various process industries. It does so by developing necessary concepts, technological solutions and business models to redesign the value and supply chains of minerals and water while dealing with present organic compounds in a way that allows their subsequent recovery.

Minerals and water will be recovered from saline impaired effluents (brines). The latter is generated by the process industry while eliminating wastewater discharges and minimizing the environmental impacts of industrial operations through brines (ZERO BRINE).

ZERO BRINE brings together and integrates several existing and innovative technologies to recover products of high quality and sufficient purity to represent good market value.

Demonstration plant

A large-scale demonstration plant will be tested in the Energy Port and Petrochemical cluster of Rotterdam Port by using the waste heat from one of the factories in the port. The quality of the recovered products will be aimed to meet local market specifications. Additionally, three large-scale pilot plants will be developed in other process industries in Poland, Spain, and Turkey, providing the potential for immediate replication and uptake of the project results after its successful completion.

Zero Brine pilot in Rotterdam Botlek.

Online Brine Platform

The Online Brine Platform (OBP) is an active web service which aims to promote the flow of secondary raw materials, by linking the Brine Owners with the Mineral/Water Users and the Technology and Waste Heat Providers.

The OBP will play a key role in replicating the paradigms generated in the framework of the ZERO BRINE project. The development of an Industrial Symbiosis platform for brine recovery will facilitate the application of a new, disruptive resource management concept of systemic eco-innovation proposed in the ZERO BRINE project.

In the OBP, the brine streams generated from process industries as well as the raw materials (minerals) and the water streams used by these industries can be mapped and possible matches between the industries across the value chain can be identified.

Mapping of brine producers

A primary step in the application of the OBP in the Netherlands is to contact and map the brine industries in the 5 industrial clusters. For each of the 5 industrial clusters in the Netherlands, ISPT developed a database of industries that produce brines for various inorganic compounds.

Workshops in 5 industrial clusters

ISPT organized 5 workshops in the 5 industrial clusters of the Netherlands. The goal of the workshops is to bring brine producers and users of recovered materials in the Netherlands together and demonstrate the OBP. Secondly the workshops aim to disseminate project results and discuss water-related topics of interest to the process industry. This includes sustainable reuse of brine streams and fresh water availability.

ZERO BRINE workshop Rotterdam
ZERO BRINE workshop in Rotterdam.

Serious Game

During the workshops, participants simulated decision-making in water and brine re-use by playing the ZERO BRINE Serious Game, which is developed by ISPT.

The ZERO BRINE Serious Game offers participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges in discharge & re-use faced by brine producers, brine users and governments and to experiment by making different decisions. For more information visit the ISPT Serious Games page.

Serious Games at ISTP - Zero Brine game
The Serious Game provides insight into the challenges of brine and mineral re-use and offers a great experience of learning about implementing circularity.

For more information about the ZERO BRINE project visit the ZERO BRINE website.

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