The mining sector is an important water consumer in Europe, as water is a critical component in the operation of a mine. In spite of the improvement in wastewater treatment processes and the implementation of partial reuse of inner water flows to reduce the water footprint, water is still discharged after ensuring its quality and dissolved metals are removed through precipitation as sludge for further management as waste.
The main goal of Remine Water is to transform the current process into a circular process. Remine Water will implement this by developing a system that allows water to be reused and the by-products contained in mining wastewater, such as acids, metals and minerals to be recovered.
In particular, Remine Water will develop a pioneering treatment train to recover and reuse wastewater in the mining sector. This innovative system will be powered by solar thermal energy, thus reducing its carbon footprint and achieving a more environmental and economic process. Moreover, Remine Water will develop a treatment train to recover acids and transition metals from mining industry process streams, which will be reintegrated in the processes.
NAME: REMINE WATER
FUNDING: LIFE programme, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action
BUDGET: € 1.812.708
· EU CONTRIBUTION: € 1.812.708
DURATION : 48 months (October 2018-October 2022)
COORDINATOR: Cetaqua, Water Technology Centre
CONSORTIUM: MATSA, Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals of Poland (IMN) and NewHeat
DEMONSTRATION SITE: Aguas Teñidas Mine (Huelva, Spain)