Large scale production of metallurgical silicon requires prolonged reduction of quartz by carbon materials such as charcoal. UC RUSAL is seeking collaborative partners capable of producing charcoal in an economically viable and environmentally friendly way.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.
Charcoal is a pyrolysis product with high carbon content that is generated in a low oxygen environment for an extended period of time. Traditional methods of producing charcoal in kilns led to pollution through the emission of harmful gasses and particulates. Carbonization furnaces have significant advantages over kilns because high quality charcoal can be made more efficiently and safely. UC RUSAL requires large quantities of charcoal and desires collaborative partners with either the capacity to supply or the ability to develop technology / equipment to produce charcoal in an economically viable and environmentally friendly way.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (maximum of 10 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by UC RUSAL with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, UC RUSAL may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed time frame.
[NOTE: Only proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work as a collaboration partner will be considered.]
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 16, 2017.
Late submissions will not be considered.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
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.
What is an eRFP Challenge?
eRFPs allow Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to help solve a business challenge to the InnoCentive Solver community. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.
After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.
This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Challenges of this type do request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.