Devices for In-field Characterisation of Non-hazardous Solid Waste

AWARD:  $10,000 USD
DEADLINE: Apr 02 2017 23:59 EDT
POSTED: Mar 02 2017
SOURCE: InnoCentive

Physico-chemical characterisation of some crucial waste parameters is not possible outside the laboratory environment. However, being able to do it would constitute a significant leap forward in waste management. Therefore, the Seeker is interested in technologies that would allow to rapidly and reliably perform this task in the field. 

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

Challenge ID: 9933863
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Challenge Overview

In order to optimise waste management (recovery and treatment) it is essential to know a number of crucial properties of the waste streams – e.g. information on chemical composition, energy generation potential, moisture content, etc. Such analysis of the waste is routinely performed in the lab, in which is a time-consuming and costly task. 

The advantages of performing this analysis in the field, outside the laboratory environment, are obvious, hence the Seeker is interested in technologies that would allow to rapidly and reliably analyse crucial physico-chemical properties of solid non-hazardous waste in the field. Further details of the required analyses and other features of the solution can be found in the Challenge Description. 

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 April 2, 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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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

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