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Brine sampling in Tunisia - Mare Alb Zarzis Saltworks

Brine sampling in Tunisia - Mare Alb Zarzis Saltworks

Team members from Tunisian SEArcularMINE partner National Engineering School of Gabes (ENIG), travelled south along the coast last week for a very successful visit to the Mare Alb Zarzis Saltworks to collect samples for analysis.  They were kindly welcomed and enjoyed a tour of the salt production site.

Zarzis saltworks, operated by the Mare Alb Company, is the largest sea salt plant in Tunisia and produces more than 700 000 tons of Sodium Chloride each year used by a variety of industries across Europe and beyond.  The Zarzis saltworks use a traditional, and environmentally sustainable, evaporation method of …

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Real Environmental Laboratory

Real Environmental Laboratory

Project partner SOSALT is excited to share photos of the progress of The Real Environment Laboratory (REL) currently in development within the natural reserve of Trapani and Paceco Saltworks in Sicily. This ancient building in the middle of saltworks is being renovated so that it can host a small laboratory with facilities capable of performing tests on the seawater brines/bitterns. 

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SEArcularMINE General Assembly

SEArcularMINE General Assembly

1st physical meeting

SEArcularMINE partners gathered in Palermo for their 4th General Assembly and the first in-person meeting since the start of the project in June 2020.  With COVID restrictions in place on the Università degli studi di Palermo (UNIPA) campus, fruitful presentations and discussions were hosted over 2 days in the beautiful Botanic Gardens of Palermo...

 

 

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2021 Sampling Campaign - Portugal

2021 Sampling Campaign - Portugal

The SEArcularMINE sampling campaign continues this season across the Mediterranean Basin.    Project Partners iBET, based in Lisbon, returned to the nearby Samouco Saltworks this week to collect samples for analysis. 

In common with many ancient saltworks across Europe, Samouco is also a protected Natural Reserve.  The salt harvesting had been completed the previous week leaving the 'bittern' – the pink residual waste liquid targeted by the SEArcularMINE project - clear to see. 

These samples were collected send to partners UPC in Barcelona for analysis.  SEArcularMINE in developing innovative processes to recover valuable minerals from these ‘waste’ products.

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