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USEFUL WASTES

TECHNOLOGY FOR THE REUSE OF BRINES FROM REVERSE OSMOSIS

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Project "USEFUL WASTES" data sheet

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Coordinator
USEFUL WASTES SL 

Organization address
address: LUGAR CIUDAD AGROALIMENTARIA, VIVERO DE INNOVACION AGROALIMENTARIA, POLIGONO INDUSTRIAL DE LA SERNA, CALLE CTUDELA
city: NAVARRA
postcode: 30203
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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website https://www.usefulwastes.com/es/
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2018-11-30

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1    USEFUL WASTES SL ES (NAVARRA) coordinator 50˙000.00

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 Project objective

USEFUL WASTES is a new company that has developed an innovative technology that allows the complete reutilization of brines from reverse osmosis process in food industry, transforming this waste into different valuable byproducts.

Reverse osmosis is widely used to treat water in food industry due to the water quality requirements when it is used to clean, freeze or cook food, obtaining 75% of high quality water and 25% of brine that is discarded.

With the aim of reducing this waste of water USEFUL WASTES was founded in 2016, and its main strengths are:

- Improvement in water production, from the current 75% to 95-97%; - Circular economy: the remaining 1% is transformed into different valuable byproducts, such as bleach, salts or hydrogen gas; - Bleach self-production: this product is massively used in the food industry for cleaning and disinfection. Its production as a byproduct will allow the company not only to reduce costs but also to not be dependent on bleach suppliers.

But most of all, the main advantage of USEFUL WASTES that guarantees its success is that it is profitable. Operating costs are smaller than the cost associated to bleach purchase (estimated savings are 4c€ per litre), without taking into account the savings obtained in water supply (22-24% of water that was being discarded is now transformed into fresh and soft water).

Regarding the main competitors, brine management sector is completely dedicated to solving the problem caused by desalination plants’ brines, potentially dangerous for the marine ecosystems where they are discharged due to its high content in nitrates, so there are no solutions in the market targeting food industry.

During phase 1, USEFUL WASTES will elaborate a detailed business plan which will set the strategy to commercialize successfully its innovation all over Europe.

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