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Mobile and Novel Chemical Warfare Agent Destruction and/or Neutralization

TAGS:Public Good Engineering/Design Food/Agriculture Chemistry Physical Sciences Clean Tech
STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 427
POSTED: 5/24/13

The Seeker desires Solvers to provide novel approaches using existing systems for the demilitarization, destruction, or neutralization of a hypothetical stockpile of chemical warfare agents that can significantly reduce the size and complexity of current systems without compromising the systems’ safety.  This size and mobility issues makes it exceedingly difficult to rapidly treat large stockpiles (potentially ~1,500 tons) of chemical warfare agents without either having to build a dedicated facility at the location of the agents (a slow, difficult, and very costly option using current designs) or having to transport the agents to an existing remediation facility (creating the possibility for release of the agents in transport).  Finally, the Seeker’s urgent need for a solution to this Challenge requires that proposed solutions must be based primarily on repurposing existing, commercially available technology. 

This Challenge requires only a detailed written proposal.

 

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9932942
 
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Challenge Overview

The Seeker desires Solvers to provide novel approaches using existing systems for the demilitarization, destruction, or neutralization of a hypothetical stockpile of chemical warfare agents that can significantly reduce the size and complexity of current systems without compromising the systems’ safety.  This size and mobility issues makes it exceedingly difficult to rapidly treat large stockpiles (potentially ~1,500 tons) of chemical warfare agents without either having to build a dedicated facility at the location of the agents (a slow, difficult, and very costly option using current designs) or having to transport the agents to an existing remediation facility (creating the possibility for release of the agents in transport).  Finally, the Seeker’s urgent need for a solution to this Challenge requires that proposed solutions must be based primarily on repurposing existing, commercially available technology. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge, which has the following features:

  • This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written solution be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon the evaluation of the solutions against the criteria established in the Detailed Description.  There is no obligation on the part of the Seeker to pay more than the award of $50,000 USD, and only the most complete and detailed solution will be considered. The Seeker is looking for orthogonal thinking that might help resolve and fill this important technology gap. 
  • 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.
What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements. What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge implements an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For both forms of a theoretical Challenge, solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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