Closure of the LIFE-2-ACID Project

The final monitoring meeting of the project took place on 14 and 15 December 2021 at the CEOE-CEPYME premises in Santander, Cantabria. The meeting was attended in person by representatives of all the entities that are part of the consortium, as well as the external monitor of NEEMO LIFE team and the project manager, adviser of CINEA from Brussels.

Throughout the morning, all the tasks carried out and the progress of the actions contemplated in the project were presented, highlighting the most relevant technical and economic aspects with respect to the technology developed and demonstrated during the LIFE 2 ACID project.

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Closure of the LIFE-2-ACID Project – LIFE16-ENV/ES/000242

On the second day, a final online event was held in which firstly the technical results of the project were presented. This was followed by a round table discussion with experts representing each sector on the more fundamental issues.

The most relevant technical aspects include the efforts for the valorisation of zinc and iron chloride products in the galvanising industry and in WWTPs respectively, as well as the environmental benefits derived from the implementation of the innovative technology.

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Francisco Bosch at the presentation of the results during the final event at the headquarters of CEOE CEPYME in Santander

The round table on the transfer of results discussed the Zinc market, current status and global supply forecasts. Also, they discussed opportunities for the application of the project’s technology for the recovery of zinc in different sectors and the future outlook for the use of zinc chloride in WWTPs.

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Round table on transfer of results. From left to right: Elvira Martín (AIAS), Leandro Morante (MARE), Julia Beleña (GALESA) and moderator Javier Pinedo (APRIA).

The objective of the LIFE-2-ACID project was to demonstrate a new technology that allows the selective recovery of metallic zinc and iron chloride present in the spent pickling acids generated in galvanisation processes, thus minimising their environmental impact.

Efforts to transfer the technology shall continue for all partners despite the end of the project in order to encourage the adaptation of resource recovery technologies in companies in the sector.

The project has had the participation of the following entities; AIAS (Association of Surface Finishing Industries), GALESA (Valencian Galvanizer), MARE (WWTP), University of Cantabria, Polytechnic University of Valencia and AIDIMME, coordinated by APRIA SYSTEMS.


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Project Number: 21700159
Grant Agreement: LIFE16 ENV / ES / 000242
Duration: From 01/07/2017 to 31/12/2021

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