The industrial closed circuit designed by VITO for chemical company Solvic in Antwerp received a CEFIC Responsible Care Award in 2014. With this ingenious pilot installation, Solvic can use on waste streams from its own manufacturing and that of neighbouring companies to produce ultra-clear demineralised water.
Solvic (a company in the Solvay-group) is one of the testing grounds for the European project E4 Water. E4 stands for Economically and Ecologically Efficient Water Management in the European Chemical Industry. Using the sustainable pilot installation tested by VITO and Evides in Solvic, the company can convert wastewater into demineralised and desalinated water. Solvic can use the resulting 'demi water' in its production process and reduce its water use. The installation not only reduces costs and benefits the environment. It's also a textbook example of a new, sustainable value chain, with the potential to inspire other companies.
CEFIC, the European partner project for the chemical industry, rewarded the innovative project in 2014 with the CEFIC Responsible Care Award in the category 'Environment'.
VITO introduced Solvic into the European research and innovation landscape and contributed its technological expertise regarding membrane processes. VITO conducts specialised laboratory tests and pilot tests to filter and add value to salinated waste streams.
- Partner project between 19 European partners in nine countries
- Six industrial testing grounds, of which two in Belgium (SOLVIC NV and Procter & Gamble)
- Duration: May 2012 - April 2016
- Budget: € 17,000,000, of which the European Commission contributes € 11,000,000