Integrated Salinity Gradient Power Initiative

Welcome to the Integrated Network for Energy from Salinity Gradient Power (INES) project website, where you will be able to find details of the project including: documents, photos, videos, and contact information and of course the latest news on the project. Aiming to find and develop solutions to the common crucial problems for the development of Salinity Gradient Power the INES project gathers Energy Agencies, Developers, Investors, Regional authorities, Experts, and EU Representatives.



INES meets European Commission on 7th June as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week


On 7th June INES and SGP were presented at two key occasions:

  • First there was the workshop meeting Upscaling Blue Energy, featuring a discussion on opportunities and barriers for upscaling Blue Energy projects. It gave an update to some of the latest development within the field of Blue Energy in Europe. The European Commission DG Mare, DG ENER, DG RTD and European RED and PRO projects where advancements regarding the pilot projects were represented.  Also, the new pilot projects in Europe on RED (Aqua Battery- SGP/RED) and PRO (Saltpower – PRO from Geothermal Brine) were presented. The meeting was featured as an energy day on the EU Sustainable Energy Week website.
  • Then, there was a meeting with a large gathering with the European Commission and all the European Geothermal Partners (European Geothermal Association a.o.). Over 120 participants in total. The session was titled "DECARBONISATION OF THE HEATING AND COOLING SECTOR: COUPLING EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES WITH SECURITY OF HEAT SUPPLY", and was part of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018 as a featured session of the policy conference. 







Outcome was that power generation AND mineral extraction has a large market in Europe, leading to a highly favourable business case for geothermal power generation.

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Visiting Saltpower in Sønderborg, Denmark

Bilderesultat for saltpower sønderborg

On the 7th of March 2018, INES visited the upscaled demonstration plant of the company SaltPower in Sønderborg, Denmark. It is an exciting installation, where power is harvest from brine from a geothermal source. In addition to a tour of the demonstration plant, we were given a presentation on the future potential for this energy source. We also visited one of SaltPowers strong partners, Danfoss, who were very kind to host a meeting with us. Their hospitality warmed us on an otherwise cold day in Denmark. INES will follow the future development of SaltPower with great interest.  







More info about the start-up company:


2016 EUSEW 13 June INES Energy Day

INES held its international conference on salinity gradient power, where experts from University of Ghent, University of Palermo and research centre VITO explained their latest and most exciting EU projects on PRO and RED.

To see our presentations click on the below images

INES – Overview of European and International Projects

Unitersiteit Gent – REvivED Project

VITO – Salinity gradient applications


We also had a very interesting panel discussion with DG Mare and DG Research and Innovation about the future prospects for ocean energies in Europe.

Lastly, the first book entirely on Salinity Gradient was presented by Prof. Giorgio Micale.

Thank you to our panelists, speakers and presenters for being part of this Energy Day.”


16 June EUSEW 2015 Meeting

The INES project had a very exciting week, celebrating the 2015 EUSEW Energy Week on the 15th to the 19th of June. Energy Week is a week for NGOs and governments to highlight the issues surrounding energy innovation and preservation. The INES project presented issues surrounding PRO and RED at an international level,  and hosted two meetings on the 16th and 17th of June.

Our first event "Energy from Water/Water from Energy: Latest developments in Asia and Europe", was a chance to introduce our international partners to Belgium. The event featured a number of experienced international speakers from South Korea, Israel, Germany and the Netherlands who gave insightful presentations. The meeting was a great start for our successful week.

The High-Level Policy conference was held on June 17th at the European Commission, and demonstrated the value of methods of salinity gradient energy for desalination, but also for mining and industrial waste streams. There was an overview of the technologies RED and PRO, and we saw the great advance of some projects in the last years, as well as having a glance of the future in the sector.

We would like to thank our speakers and attendees for joining us at our Energy Week conferences. IMIEU would also like to extend our thanks to the European Commission for hosting our High-Level policy conference.


Montreal Meeting Report

Montreal Meeting Report

We are very pleased to say that after a slight delay, we are now able to publish our report for the Montreal meeting. To read the report, please go to our "Documents" page, or click the image.

Also, our report for our INES meeting in Seoul will be available shortly, please keep checking back to keep updated.


INES Meeting September 3, 2014, Seoul, South Korea
INES Meeting September 3, 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Our first INES Asia meeting was an overwhelming success and we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to those who helped organise and contributed to the seminar. We are still in the process of providing  a full report of the meeting, but to those who would like to see a brief overview and some pictures of the event, please click the image.


INES Meeting June 10-11, 2014, Montréal, Canada

The INES meeting  on Developing Salinity Gradient Energy in Montreal was a hit with our members. We would like to thank our partners and attendees for contributing to its huge success. Please keep in contact to ensure you receive updates for our future meetings and conferences.


INES Meeting 23 June, 2014, Brussels, Belgium

We would like to extend a huge thank you to those who attended our INES meeting in Brussels. We would also like to thank our partners and speakers for their hospitality and we hope to collaborate again soon.
Additional meetings are being planned as well.