Advanced and patented technology for treatment of contaminated sites

A Swiss SME active in the remediation of contaminated sites offers a solution for soil and wastewater treatment based on chemical oxidation processes. The processes can be applied for the rapid treatment of a wide range of contaminants (e.g. petroleum waste, hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, herbicides) from 1 ppm up to 10% with a conversion rate of up to 97%. The company searches for partners/representatives for license, joint venture, commercial or technological cooperation agreement.
Human activities are the major cause of soil pollution. Industrial activities including mining, smelting and manufacturing; domestic, livestock and municipal wastes; pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers used in agriculture; petroleum-derived products that are released into or break-down in the environment. In Europe, statistics relative to soil-remediation show an enormous market need. There are an estimated 2.5 million potentially contaminated sites in the European Economic Area (EEA-39), of which 45% have been identified by 2011. If the current investigation trends continue, the number of sites needing remediation will increase to 3,750,000 sites by 2025. The total costs for managing these sites amount to €6.5B per year 3 of which 81% (€5.2B) is spent on remediation measures, or €10.7 per capita. While 42% of the total remediation expenditure comes from public budgets, 58% comes from private investments. The Swiss company offers a solution for soil remediation and wastewater treatment based on two chemical oxidation processes developed by the company: super oxidation agent (SOA) and advanced fenton agent (AFA). The processes are based on a novel approach of simple on-site and real-time synthetic generation of highly concentrated superoxide radical, stabilization, and implementation of this unique radical and oxidizing agent as a soil treatment material. These environmentally friendly processes can be applied for the rapid remediation of all commonly known soil and water contaminants such as hydrocarbons, petroleum leftovers, aromatic hydrocarbon (BTEX), petroleum waste, aromatics, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), chlorinated solvents, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), dioxins, pesticides and herbicides from 1 ppm up to 100,000 ppm at a fraction of the cost with a conversion rate of up to 97%. These technologies have been developed in collaboration with well-known experts and specialists and the support of an Israeli institute of Applied Chemistry which is one of the leading centers on the research in the field of applied chemistry and related industries. The technology can be applied in-situ using conventional deep injection equipment or on-site using the company’s unique soil treatment machine. These mobile treatment units significantly decrease carbon footprint and environmental disruption. AFA and SOA processes are patented (granted on national phase) and technological stability, efficiency and environmental impacts were independently attested by laboratory tests carried out by TÜV Süd, Germany. The core of AFA technology is based on Fenton’s chemistry which is already approved by the EU. The technology can be applied in the market of site remediation, demolition and railway maintenance. The company searches for partners/representatives based on the license, joint venture, commercial or technological cooperation agreement.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
The Swiss company is looking for companies active in soil remediation, soil treatment, wastewater treatment, groundwater treatment as well as environmental engineering offices, recycling companies and demolishing companies. The tasks to be performed by the partner sought: The Swiss company is looking for companies active in soil remediation and wastewater fields in other countries (worldwide). The Swiss company provides the technology (patents, design of machines and know-how) to the partner, who is responsible for marketing, sales and project execution, local permitting and administration. The partner is provided with trainings and support from the Swiss engineers if required. The key component of the technology stays as the property of the Swiss company. The partnership can take many forms notably a license or join venture or commercial agreement with technical assistance. Further collaboration such as technical cooperation agreements could also be envisaged later. - License and joint venture agreements: the Swiss company is a knowledge company and is not executing the projects. Therefore they are looking for companies that have an execution ability and manpower. License and joint venture agreements allow the Swiss company to operate in different countries on high capacity projects without developing their own capacity for project execution in each country. For a long term any of their licensees will still need the supervision and support of the Swiss company in the design of the project. - Commercial agreement with technical assistance: as a knowledge company that sees in their competitors also a potential customer (e.g. soil washing facilities) a commercial agreement with technical support allows the Swiss company to develop new units based on their oxidation processes to existing facilities. This kind of cooperation can open them a new market (“retrofit”). It will allow them to work abroad based on the existing facilities of the partners. - Technological cooperation agreement: this will allow the Swiss company to develop and upgrade theirs technologies based on the added value knowledge of the sought partner and will save them time and money during market penetration. For example, instead of the development of their own knowledge in the field of deep pressure injection, the Swiss company can develop technical cooperation with partners and adapt their processes to the existing knowledge of the partner. At the end of the process and with a generation of joint know-how they can sign a joint venture agreement and implement their processes in the global market.
Stage of Development: 
Available for demonstration
IPR Status: 
Patents granted
Comments Regarding IPR Status: 
The company has three IPs that are already granted in the USA, EU and China
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