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Innovative Sustainable Soil Remediation Methods

Posted September 12, 2019

This Challenge is seeking new sustainable soil remediation methods to decontaminate soil of organic pollutants with a fast and effective approach.

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This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Decontamination of soil from organic pollutants is a known problem throughout the world today. The current soil remediation technologies consist of dig and dump, physico-chemical treatments, thermal treatment and conventional bioremediation. The first three solutions constitute costly and energy intensive approaches due to their inherent processes and/or their soil transportation component.

Conventional bioremediation is a more sustainable method, environmentally and economically, but it becomes less efficient towards heavy petroleum based hydrocarbons. This Challenge is seeking new sustainable soil remediation methods/technologies that can remove C>12 petroleum base hydrocarbons without soil transport (on/at-site) efficiently and economically, and without environmental effects.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 10, 2019.

Source: InnoCentive

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