New Method to Identify Leaky Test Strips
The Seeker wishes to find a new method to identify leaks in the sealing of their test strips (aluminium foil seals).
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Lanxess Challenge: Reducing Discoloration of Polyamides Exposed to Air and High Temperatures
The Seeker is looking for novel ideas for formulations or additives that stabilize the color of one of its formulated aliphatic polyamides, preventing discoloration under exposure to heat at air at temperatures higher than 150°C.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires only the submission of written documentation from the Solver. The Seeker will perform the experimental reduction to practice and validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award.
Bird Identification from a Minimal Sample
Bird strikes by aircraft need to be addressed quickly for safety. Identification of the bird is critical to determine its size/weight and to determine if more testing for damage is required and what action to take. Currently, birds can be identified by DNA and feather identification, but the methods are time consuming (weeks) including shipping samples back and forth. A faster method for bird identification, preferably with a handheld device is required. Details will be provided in the full Challenge description.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, rationale, and a demonstration of feasibility of the system.
Transforming Nitrate Esters into Stable Compounds
In order to significantly slow down or stop oxidation of lubricating oils, the Seeker is looking for compounds that can decompose or inactivate nitrate esters without producing free radicals and/or unstable products.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Mitigating the Environmental Impact of Large Photovoltaic Plants
Enel Green Power (EGP) is the leader in the renewable energy sector and operates in Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Thanks to innovative energy technologies, EGP produces power from solar and other renewable energy sources. EGP is committed to contributing to sustainable development and in this context, EGP is interested in finding innovative ideas for mitigating the environmental impact of large photovoltaic (PV) plants while maximizing the benefits for local communities.
Designing Cost-Effective Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries, and electric mobility. Enel X is interested in technical designs of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are easily accessible with minimal visual and physical impact within an urban environment.
This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation including electrical and mechanical design of the solution.
Seeking for Reversible Exothermic Reactions to Lower Lubricant Viscosity
The Seeker is looking for reversible exothermic reaction chemistries that can be used in different applications at cold temperature (0-30 degrees C) to quickly heat up lubricants and lower their viscosity.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires only the submission of written documentation from the Solver. The Seeker will perform experimental validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award.
Deconstruction of Textiles
Textile waste is a worldwide problem and textile recycling has increased dramatically, but there is still a large area for improvement if waste and costs can be reduced and recycled materials can more closely mimic the original virgin material. The Seeker is soliciting new ideas for processes and textile materials that are more easily deconstructed during recycling such that quality of the recycle is improved and total costs of recycling are reduced.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution
Improving Fish Exclusion from Water Diversions and Intakes
The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, are seeking innovative methods for excluding fish species found in freshwater rivers and/or estuaries in the United States from water diversions and intakes. While effective fish exclusion for some fish species and life history stages can be achieved, improvements are needed to increase effectiveness and decrease the costs associated with fish exclusion devices. Proposed solutions can include new ideas for addressing fish exclusion or improvements to existing technologies. Solutions can be applied to river and canal diversions, unscreened diversion pipes, or intakes at dams.
Challenge Orientation Video: Subject matter experts from Bureau of Reclamation and Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office discuss the need for improved devices and methods to prevent fish entrainment at water diversions and intakes. A brief video describing this Challenge can be found here.
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New Materials for Padel Racquets
Padel is a dynamic racquet sport combining elements of Tennis and Squash. Not to be confused with Paddle Tennis or Platform Tennis, Padel was invented in Acapulco, Mexico in 1969 and is now beginning to spread rapidly throughout the world. Padel racquets are solid and typically composed of an EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam insert surrounded by a fiberglass or graphite frame. The Seeker is searching for materials to use in place of the EVA foam that provide similar playing performance with greater longevity.