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Challenge RUSAL Challenge: Processes to Convert Laminated Aluminum Foil Waste into New Products and Commodities

RUSAL Challenge: Processes to Convert Laminated Aluminum Foil Waste into New Products and Commodities

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 149
Posted: Jan 04 2017
Challenge ID: 9933924
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The Seeker is looking for processes to convert waste aluminum/paper and aluminum/synthetics laminates into industrial products and commodities that have attractive commercial applications. 

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.



The production of laminated aluminum foil for packaging generates waste laminates composed of aluminum and paper or aluminum and synthetics (polypropylene or polyethylene). This waste represents an environmental cost, but also an opportunity as it is made from materials that have properties that can be processed and used to produce other goods and products. 

Hence, the Seeker is interested in identifying processes that can convert scraps of laminated aluminum foil into valuable and commercially attractive commodities or products. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.  

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 19, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. 

NOTICE: Payment of Awards - the Seeker for this Challenge has additional Solver verification procedures. Please read carefully the respective sections in the Challenge Specific Agreement for further information.


RUSAL is a leading, global aluminium producer and one of the world’s major producers of alumina. The company was founded in 2000 and became the global aluminium industry leader in 2007. RUSAL operates in 13 countries on 5 continents.  The company employs over 61,000 people across the globe. RUSAL’s assets include 11 aluminium smelters, 11 alumina refineries, 8 bauxite mines, 3 aluminium powder plants, 2 silicon factories, 2 secondary aluminium plants, 4 foil mills, 2 cryolite and 1 cathode plants. The company’s current capacity means it is able to produce 4.2 million tonnes of aluminium, 11.5 million tonnes of alumina and 90 thousand tonnes of foil per annum. The company’s key sales markets are Europe, Russia and the CIS countries, North America, South-East Asia, Japan and Korea. The major end users are transport, construction and package industries.  RUSAL’s main products are primary aluminum, aluminium alloys, foil and alumina. The company has access to vast resources of raw materials and provides for the entire production cycle – from bauxite mining to the production of alloys. This enables RUSAL to be operationally flexible and provide the highest quality of products.

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