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Seeking Partners for Innovative Biomass Combustion Additive

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  • Challenge type: Electronic Request for Partners (eRFP)
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Challenge overview


The Seeker, a specialty chemicals company, is looking to collaborate with those in the solid biomass fuels market to discuss the benefits of its combustion additive for cleaner, more complete combustion. With the combustion additive’s VERT® certification and proven success in other fuel industries, potential partners could benefit greatly from this additive: usage may result in reduced emissions, better fuel economy, and reduced maintenance requirements.

The focus of this Challenge is to identify suppliers of processed solid biomass (e.g. pellet, briquette, biochar) to partner with the Seeker. The ideal solution would be a name/contact of someone in the industry who would be interested in a discussion about uses for the combustion additive, and how to adapt it to meet needs in the solid biomass industry. Solutions should include a short description about how the additive could help in these applications.

If you are involved in a company that uses solid biomass or carbon-based renewable fuels (or know someone who is) and want to collaborate with the Seeker, this could be your chance to earn a $1,000 finder’s fee. Alternatively, the Seeker is willing to offer a consultancy arrangement on a fee/hour basis (in the range of $100 – 200 / hour depending on experience) for those with relevant experience in this industry.

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.



Renewable solid fuels is a large growth sector in the solid fuels market as many explore more sustainable alternatives for the future. The use of solid biomass and other carbon-based fuels can be improved by the use of the Seeker’s combustion additive that results in more complete combustion – resulting in lower emissions, lower temperatures for combustion, and longer periods between maintenance.

The Seeker is looking for submissions with the name of contacts who can help them to better understand the opportunities for the use of their additive: giving cleaner combustion when solid biomass is used for heat and power generation. They can provide significant data in other applications and are looking to prove to potential partners that the use of their technology can also bring benefits to the solid biomass industry. Conversations and tests using the combustion additive will also cover how they can adapt their offering to the needs of this industry.

Previous providers of combustion aids have underdelivered compared to their claims and the Seeker can provide statistically significant data pointing to the additive’s success in other industries. In the commercial marine fuel market, the Seeker’s additive outperformed conventional competitors across the board, delivering significantly better fuel economy and emissions benefits. Further testing demonstrated its ability to upgrade lower quality fuels without impacting other areas of performance. The use of the Seeker’s combustion additive provided tangible, cost-effective sustainability benefits to ship operators.

Partners considered would receive benefits from a successful collaboration. Organizations selling combustible materials could use the combustion additive to improve their offering; reduced maintenance and filter costs, fuel economy, and reduced particulate matter emissions to work towards sustainability goals.

The Seeker is searching for submissions pointing to partners who can collaborate with the Seeker to better understand opportunities in the solid biomass market for the use of this innovative technology.

If you or someone you know want to discuss applying their high-performance combustion additive into use cases in your industry, submit your name, or a contact’s, and a brief outline of the potential implementation.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 1 page, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker 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 upon time frame.

NOTE: Proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work directly as the collaboration partner or supplier will be considered first. The Seeker will also consider proposals from other Solvers who refer a suitable candidate as a partner for a finder’s fee of $1,000 USD if the Seeker undertakes a field trial with the potential partner. Alternatively, the Seeker is willing to offer a consultancy arrangement on a fee/hour basis (in the range of $100 – 200 / hour depending on experience) for those with relevant experience in this industry. See full description for details.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 21-Apr-2022.
Late submissions will not be considered.


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InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

An InnoCentive eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the InnoCentive Solver network. 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 Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.