In order to safeguard the performance of instrumentation and improve maintenance operations, the Seeker is looking for a quasi-distributed sensor system that can detect and measure the concentration of corrosive and damaging gases - H2S, NOx, SOx and CO2 - in oil and gas wells.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and/or sample delivery.
Oil and gas wells are unique and extreme environments where corrosive and damaging gases - H2S, NOx, SOx and CO2 – are released and build-up over time. One of the consequences is the degradation of equipment, and more precisely, cables (power cables, instrumentation cables, and others).
Therefore, the Seeker is looking for a quasi-distributed sensor system that can detect and measure the concentration of H2S, NOx, SOx and CO2 in oil and gas wells. The sensor system will have to perform in very challenging conditions, described in the Detailed Description section.
The submission to the Challenge should include the following:
The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker.
To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 9, 2017.
Late submissions will not be considered.
What is an RTP Challenge?
An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of IP rights, please see the Challenge-Specific Agreement.