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Challenge Sensor System for the Monitoring of Gases in Deep Wells
Sensor System for the Monitoring of Gases in Deep Wells
Award: $20,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 181
Posted: Oct 10 2016
Challenge ID: 9933867
 
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Abstract

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.

Overview

Oil and gas wells are unique and extreme environments where corrosive and damaging gases - H2S, NOx, SOand 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, SOand 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: 

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Technical Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge (and/or delivery of a prototype if requested by the Seeker).   

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.

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