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Challenge Fonterra Challenge: Optimal Biogas Utilisation

Fonterra Challenge: Optimal Biogas Utilisation

Award: $30,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 190
Posted: Jun 18 2019
Challenge ID: 9934242
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Biogas is a renewable fuel produced during the decomposition of organic waste. Fonterra recently opened a state-of-the-art cream cheese plant located in Darfield, New Zealand. With the addition of a biodigester, the plant will generate a large quantity of biogas. Therefore, Fonterra is searching for innovative approaches to harness biogas and create a cost-effective energy source.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Although biogas composition varies based upon the raw material, the two primary components are methane and carbon dioxide. Nitrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen sulphide, and oxygen are also found but in lesser quantities. Due to the presence of greenhouse gases, it is undesirable to release biogas directly into the environment. Furthermore, the conversion of biogas into heat, electricity, and fuel helps decrease our planet’s reliance on fossil fuels. To advance its commitment to produce dairy nutrition in a sustainable manner, Fonterra is interested in finding the best ways to utilise biogas effectively.

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 have to transfer their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the Seeker.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 18, 2019. 

Late submissions will not be considered.


As the world’s largest dairy exporter we proudly share our products with one billion people every day. Our portfolio of well-known brands includes Anchor, Anmum, Anlene, NZMP, and Farm Source. Made using trusted processes and the highest quality natural diary, our brands are loved by consumers in New Zealand, and around the world. Fonterra is focused on protecting the environment by improving the health and biodiversity of our land and waters, transitioning to a low-carbon future, improving productivity, and minimizing waste from farm to consumer. For more information, visit

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