An Italian company with international presence, active in building & construction is looking for start-ups or scale-ups offering innovative techniques, at minimum TRL 4, for the application of waterproofing materials on sloped surfaces such as dams and reservoirs, to optimize the process and reduce waste.
Partners will work together in co-development, experiment and pilot projects under technical cooperation agreement. This request is part of an open innovation challenges programme.
An Italian building & construction company is active as a general contractor for clients both in the public and private sector. The company has been active in the Italian and international markets for almost 40 years using expertise, technological innovations and self-patented development solutions; they operate in various sectors, e.g.: constructions, infrastructures, hydraulics and water treatment, environment.
The company specializes in the waterproofing of dams and reservoirs; in this context, they have patented a new technique of restoration of existing asphalt dams and reservoirs, which consists of the application of modified bitumen and selected aggregates using a machine specially designed and built by the company. This machine is designed to allow the laying of the materials (modified bitumen and agglomerates) on the sloped surfaces of dams and reservoirs, which is a difficult task.
The technique works by first arranging the layer of modified bitumen to form a continuous veil and then the agglomerates are applied by gravity using an automatic grit spreader, adhering in turn to the still hot bitumen to create the structural stone skeleton.
The Italian company is looking for new machinery, equipment, technologies or methodologies to make this process more efficient in terms of timing and resources used. Solutions for the digitalization of the methodology/process are also sought.
The company is interested in collaborating with start-ups or scale-ups, from all over the world, to co-develop proof of concepts, experimental and laboratory projects or pilot projects, under technical cooperation agreement.
--- IMPORTANT: This technical cooperation request refers to an open innovation challenges program published on a separate online platform (b2match). If an organization expresses interest before the program closing date, it will be guided towards the open innovation platform.
During registration, interested organizations will be asked to select the challenge that corresponds with this technology request profile. If admitted to the programme, start-ups and scale-ups will benefit from training and will be able to create their (presentation) profile to connect with the companies in order to organize 1to1 matchmaking meetings.
The company will select the organisations that they would like to meet for the development of the solution.
The challenge closes on November the 30th 2021. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of Interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.
- Type of partner sought: The Italian company is looking for innovative laying techniques of waterproofing materials on sloped surfaces of dams and reservoirs, to optimize the process and reduce waste.
The solution searched can be new machinery, equipment, technologies, methodologies a mechanical improvement and or smart digitalization of the process for the application of waterproofing materials on sloped surfaces
The solution sought should have a minimum TRL 4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in a laboratory environment - or higher.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Potential partners are start-ups or scale-ups from any country, with ideas and/or solutions for new and disruptive techniques to improve the current laying machine for the application of of waterproofing materials on sloped surfaces such as dams and reservoirs. The solution offered should contribute to optimizing the process and reducing waste.
Start-ups and scale-ups are required to propose innovative ideas and/or solutions in the field.
Suitable companies are invited to propose their expertise. After being selected, the goal is to co-develop concrete proof of concepts, experimental / laboratory projects or pilot projects, under technical cooperation agreement to adapt the solution to the company’s specific needs.