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Innovative and sustainable process for the management of special and hazardous wastes based on supercritical water with the production of methane.

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOIT20201102001
Publicado:
05/11/2020
Caducidad:
06/11/2021
Resumen:
An Italian start up by a research group developed a unique technology for the treatment of special and dangerous wastes (from hospitals, research labs and industries) with a process that is innovative, sustainable and safe for the environment thanks to supercritical water that cancel harmful emission. It is protected by 5 Italian patents with PCT extension. Financial, joint venture, technical or research cooperation agreements are sought. If needed, also a licence agreement can be considered.

Details

Tittle:
Innovative and sustainable process for the management of special and hazardous wastes based on supercritical water with the production of methane.
Summary:
An Italian start up by a research group developed a unique technology for the treatment of special and dangerous wastes (from hospitals, research labs and industries) with a process that is innovative, sustainable and safe for the environment thanks to supercritical water that cancel harmful emission. It is protected by 5 Italian patents with PCT extension. Financial, joint venture, technical or research cooperation agreements are sought. If needed, also a licence agreement can be considered.
Description:
In the world scenario, there is an urgent need to find new waste management models that are able to guarantee efficiency and environmental sustainability. The continuous increase of waste at global level, their concentration in metropolitan area where is more difficult to install treatment plants, and the increase of costs sustained by citizens, are all plenty of scope challenges. Moreover, the increasingly rise of environmental sensibility of citizens requires models and technologies even more sustainable and cleaner.
The Italian innovative start up in the field of waste management has developed an innovative and unique technology that allows treating special and dangerous wastes, from one hand canceling noxious emissions in the air, and from other hand truly valorising them by producing methane. The emission of dioxins, fine particulate, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, on the contrary, are one of the major drawbacks of incinerators. The process is based on the combined use of supercritical water. The technology is protected by five patents and the business idea is based on a plenty of scope of innovation technology, originality and on a «Km0» (zero kilometer) waste management model.
The history of the technology starts four years ago with the encounter of chemical engineering researcher of an Italian University with two entrepreneurs active in the field of renewable energy and an engineer specialized in business development. Their collaboration allowed putting to use the research activity carried out for more than 15 years in the field of supercritical fluids.
After the completion of a wide experimental campaign and the design of a pilot plant, the last and most significant step has been the construction of the first pilot with capacity of 400 tons per year of treated waste (value of the plant 1 million euro), made possible by the partnership with two companies that financed the activities.
The company´s main objectives are now the design of an industrial scale capacity plant, the development of industrial relationship with big companies, agreements with Hospitals, Universities and Municipalities for the treatment of their waste.
For the above reasons, the company is interested in establishing partnership with:
- industries, venture capitalists, funding bodies to involve in building plants based on the proposed technology to reduce the costs of waste management and emissions linked to waste treatment. In this case, a financial agreement or a joint venture agreement will be proposed;
- engineering society, process development experts to activate a collaboration for the co-development of large scale plant under a technical cooperation agreement.
- research groups from academia o research centers to participate in European projects with a research cooperation agreement
Two European project about disposal of diagnostic devices and disposal of chips for SARS-CoV-2 serological Test have been submitted.
Advantages and Innovations:
Advantages:
· No emission of pollutants, such as dioxins, fine particulate, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide.
· Capacity to treat special waste, even hazardous, without noxious emission.
· Possibility to install the plant nearby city center, applying the «Km0» (zero kilometer) waste management model.
· Production of methane as product with high added value.
· It´s a solution for isolated community and little islands.

Innovations:
· New reactor and plant concept;
· Process conditions that avoid the formation of pollutants.
· No risk for the population that lives nearby the plant.
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
IPs:
Patents granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
5 patents have been already granted in Italy and PCT extension has been already done for some of the patents.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
With regard to financial agreement and joint venture agreement the proposer is interested in partnership with industries, venture capitalists, funding bodies to involve in building plants based on the proposed technology to reduce the costs of waste management and emissions linked to waste treatment.
With regard to technical cooperation agreement the proposer is also searching for engineering societies, process development experts to activate a collaboration for the co-development of large scale plant.
In case an agreement will be concluded as consequence of patents also a licence agreement will be negotiated.
With regard to research agreement the proposers is interested in partnership with research center, university to participate in European projects.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Italian

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
03002 Ingeniería de plantas de proceso
10002007 Tecnología / ingeniería medioambiental
10002013 Tecnologías verdes / producción limpia