Built in the Great Lakes, Made for the World
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a Regional Innovation Engine to the Great Lakes Water Innovation Engine. Welcome to Great Lakes ReNEW. Our mission: To invent new ways to extract valuable minerals and toxic forever chemicals from our wastewater. We are doing this for the people and communities in our region most harmed by economic and environmental injustice. Because, in a world of increasing water and resource scarcity, “waste” has no place.
Great Lakes ReNEW is anchored by Current, a Chicago-based water innovation hub.
Partners Sourced from Six Great Lakes States
Our Goals for the Region’s Inclusive Blue Economy
Selectively separate valuable minerals, such as lithium, and dangerous chemicals, such as PFAS from wastewater
Build up our region’s inclusive “blue economy” by training people for jobs and exposing youth to the industry
Translating Innovations to Practice
Launching and investing in water tech startups and building a centralized testbed for their products