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Challenge Removing Surfactants & Emulsions From Fuel
Removing Surfactants & Emulsions From Fuel
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 447
Posted: Jan 12 2012
Challenge ID: 9932706
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Rapid recovery of fuel contaminated by environmental material, water or fire fighting surfactants is key to ensuring the availability of field vehicles in crisis situations. Specifically, the Seeker requires proposals describing technologies that are suitable for purification of hydrocarbon fuels from surfactants and surfactant/water/fuel emulsions. Fractionation or distillation is not an option. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Fuel recovery solutions are already available, but do not enable recovery at sufficiently high throughput & in addition do not enable removal of synthetic surfactants that are commonly used in fire fighting foams. The Seeker wishes to receive proposals of technologies that could be implemented in the field as part of an overall fuel recovery solution. Fractionation or distillation is not an option. Many more details are available in the full challenge description. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.

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