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Challenge Improving Mercury Removal From Natural Gas
Improving Mercury Removal From Natural Gas
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 357
Posted: Jul 16 2012
Challenge ID: 9933127
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Mercury is toxic and is present in natural gas at low concentrations. How do we improve on current methods and processes to remove Mercury? This is a challenge that can benefit from a range of expertise, such as engineering, physical chemistry & process design. Current methods are highly effective, but have several limitations. These limitations are described in the challenge details. Your creative concepts and proposals are requested! 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.


Current practices to remove mercury from natural gas have some severe limitations, especially for offshore operations. Current best practice is in-line adsorption of mercury to a solid matrix. While this method is highly efficient, its ease of use could be improved. Details of the Seekers unmet needs are described in the full challenge description. There appear to be several paths to solution – these could involve solutions from engineering, process optimization, physical chemistry, or a range of other disciplines. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

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What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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