Producing Glass Wool and Insulating Building Materials from Wind Turbine Blades
Enel Green Power (EGP) is looking for sustainable and economical processes to produce glass wool and insulating building materials by recycling wind turbine blades. EGP is the leader in the renewable energy sector and operates in Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Technologies to Create Smarter Structures For Vehicles
Metalsa designs and manufactures structural solutions for the mobility industry (light & commercial vehicles), including highly engineered chassis frames for pick-up trucks, which provide body-on-frame vehicles with towing, loading and off-roading capabilities and side rails for heavy trucks made to contribute with their durability and strength to carry high loads.
To empower users to make better decisions, Metalsa is looking for collaboration partners to propose technologies able to detect and report different variables and to provide crucial data from the vehicles to their user in order to inform, alert and record about the usage of their vehicle.
The ability to provide live feedback of the conditions of the chassis structure will minimize the cost of repairs and maintenance and will serve the user with a better sense on how to maximize the life span of the vehicle.
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.
Next Generation Cell Retention for High Cell Density Upstream Bioprocesses
The further intensification of bioprocesses can continue to drive to lower cost solutions by providing smaller footprint processes with higher productivity. The Seeker desires a unique solution to generate high cell density cultures (>200 million cells/mL), while maintaining high cell viability and avoiding the product sieving & fouling effects associated with current approaches.
Rapid Detection of Intermolecular Interactions
The ability to detect molecular interactions quickly and accurately is essential for the successful interrogation of biological systems and development of new therapeutic drugs. The Seeker is looking for a highly sensitive technique to directly detect a change in a physico-chemical property that results from a molecular interaction in solution.
Comfortable Protective Summer Clothing for Electrical Work Activities
Operators performing live working activities on electrical systems must wear suitable protective clothing. However currently available garments providing the level of protection needed can be uncomfortable in high temperature and high humidity environments. Enel is interested in developing more comfortable protective clothing for these situations and is looking for a development partner.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal and/or submit a video (highly preferred) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.
Technologies to Absorb Vibrations
Metalsa designs and manufactures structural solutions for the mobility industry. To enable structural frames for electric pick-up trucks, the company is exploring a variety of innovative materials and designs to provide vehicles with towing, loading and off-road capabilities without jeopardizing the battery pack safety. One key aspect of the design of electric vehicles is the connection between the stiffness of the battery pack and the flexibility of the chassis frame.
Chassis frames, also called ladder frames, become a source of vibration when they support large weights. Said vibrations may damage the interconnection of batteries affecting their lifetime and regular operation.
Metalsa is seeking for technologies that are able to act as a buffer to absorb vibrations between the frame flexibility and the battery-pack stiffness.
Novel Methods for Propagating Viral Strains in Cell Culture
African swine fever virus (ASFv) is a highly contagious disease for which there are no known cures or vaccines. Extremely virulent strains of ASFv have mortality rates approaching 100% and outbreaks can only be controlled by quarantining and culling swine herds. Research efforts would benefit from the ability to propagate the virus without the use of primary tissue. Thus, the Seeker is interested in methods to grow relevant viral strains in continuous cell culture models.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
BRINEMINE – Extracting Lithium and Other Valuable Minerals from Geothermal Brines
Enel is seeking novel methods to economically extract lithium and other minerals from brines produced in geothermal power plants.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and experimental proof-of-concept data.
Improving Thermal Stability of Proteins
Animal feed is comprised of an ingredient mixture that provides nutrition and promotes the health of pets and livestock. During the production process, feed is exposed to high temperatures and proteins may become inactivated or denatured. The Seeker desires innovative and cost-effective approaches to improve the thermal stability of these proteins.
Utilization of Waste Rock and Filter Cake
The Seeker is looking for cost-effective options and technologies for the utilization of waste rock of various types and sizes from mining operations with a focus on their use in construction and road building.