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Workshop: Seawater sourcing for renewable hydrogen and chemicals

In a joint workshop, the EU Commission’s European Innovation Council and Directorate-General Research and Innovation, the EU project ANEMEL, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, the EuroTech Universities Alliance and Hydrogen Europe Research want to deep-dive into the pressing question of minimising water impact for the future large-scale production of RFNBOs (renewable fuels of non-biological origin) and valuable minerals in all regions.

The production of RFNBOs or the sustainable supply of valuable minerals is a highly promising pathway to climate mitigation. However, most of the conversion or extraction technologies necessitate fresh or highly pure drinking water as feedstock that, due to regular aridness, is becoming a scarce worldwide resource.

The goal of this workshop is to explore the use of seawater sources with a multidisciplinary expert group from industry, academia and policy. Desalination methods will be discussed, as well as highly innovative techniques where seawater serves as direct feedstock for water electrolysis or as a source for valuable minerals. Circular concepts will be explored, where water is co-captured from the air, together with carbon dioxide, and where the necessary energy is provided by the subsequent production of certain e-fuels. Exploiting desalination concentrate, so-called brine, for minerals recovery or using seawater and carbon dioxide for co-electrolysis will be discussed as well.

The workshop will contribute to a white paper and an ambitious agenda on low-impact water sourcing for RFNBOs and chemicals to inspire future funding topics and set up data-driven policies.

Practical information

Date and time: Thursday and Friday, 8-9 June 2023, lunch-to-lunch
Location: European Commission, DG RTD, Rue du Champ de Mars 21, Brussels
Registration: Is required; please fill in this registration form and we will contact you soon with more information. Please note that spots are limited.


This event is open to all.

Further information

For further information, please check the EIC website or contact Anita Schneider (contact details below).


Anita Schneider, EuroTech

Anita Schneider

Communications Manager, EuroTech Brussels Office