New process for in-situ decontamination of railway ballast, soil and glyphosate leftovers

A Swiss SME active in the remediation of contaminated soils offers a physicochemical solution for rapid in-situ decontamination and washing of railway ballast, soil decontamination and treatment of herbicide leftovers in soil and groundwater. The processes can be applied for the rapid treatment of contaminants up to 10% with a conversion rate of up to 99%. The SME is looking for partners/representatives for license, joint venture, commercial or technical cooperation agreements.
For safety, operational and environmental requirements railway ballast and train tracks must be largely free of vegetation and organic leftovers. In addition to this, the railway ballast should be clean from organic leftovers. The common market solution to prevent and treat vegetation on railway tracks is the use of soil herbicides and leaf herbicides. However, this solution is expensive, complicated, polluting for soil and groundwater and provide a solution only for weed control. Therefore, common market solution is to clean railway ballast by removal and replacement or washing of track ballast. Which is very expensive, slow and not an environmentally friendly process. The Swiss startup company offers a solution that is based on the in situ synthetic generation of highly concentrated superoxide radicals with surfactants and phase transfer catalysts. This approach allows in situ efficient washing of railway ballast stones, weed control and decontaminate soil and groundwater layers. With this holistic solution it is possible to treat railway ballast without excavation and at the same time provide weed control and to treat soil and groundwater from hydrocarbons and herbicide leftovers. This is the only solution which can deal with all these problems at the same time and without removal and replacement of the stones. The environmentally friendly processes can be applied for contaminants up to 10% at a fraction of the cost with a conversion rate of up to 99%. The 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 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 technology can be applied in the market of railway maintenance, soil and groundwater treatment and weed control. The company is looking for partners/representatives based on the license, joint venture, commercial or technical cooperation agreement.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
The specific area of activity of the partner: The Swiss company is looking for companies active in railway maintenance, weed control, soil treatment, groundwater treatment as well as environmental engineering offices. The tasks to be performed by the partner sought: 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, joint venture or commercial agreement. 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 their 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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