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.
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.
Communicating the necessity, impact and economic potential of harnessing our seas as a sustainable mineral resource is a crucial part of SEArcularMINE’s objectives. We are proud to work together with project partners, researchers and the wider stakeholder community to help maximise the value and reach of our activities.
SEArcularMINE project partners and collaborators within WP2 have been busy collecting and processing samples from saltwork sites in Croatia and Slovenia.
SEArcularMINE officially launched its activities at the project kick-off meeting, 24-25 June 2020. Led by the University of Palermo, Sicily, the online meeting included representatives from the 12 project partner organisations from universities, research institutes, SMEs and multinationals from Europe and the wider Mediterranean basin.