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Converting Heat Contained in Waste Water Effluents into Forms of Energy for On-site Use

AWARD:  $10,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 361
POSTED: Feb 14 2017
SOURCE: InnoCentive

The Seeker is looking to identify processes that can cost-effectively convert the heat contained in hot waste water effluents into forms of energy that can be used to power on-site operations. 

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

Challenge ID: 9933862
 
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Challenge Overview

Waste water (WW) effluents are generated during the incineration of waste. Before subsequent treatment operations, effluents have to be cooled down because of their temperature. 

The Seeker believes that there is an opportunity to convert the heat contained in these WW streams into energy usable for on-site use. The aim of the Challenge is to identify cost-effective processes that allow the Seeker to seize this opportunity. 

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 Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 16, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered

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 submit 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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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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