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View challenge: C-6101-0106 - Seeking new large industrial uses for polyhalite
Background:

Our client is seeking new, large scale industrial uses for polyhalite.

Background:-

Polyhalite is a unique mineral salt which can be used as a fertilizer and has potential for other industrial applications. It is comprised of calcium, magnesium and potassium sulphates (CaSO4, MgSO4 and K2SO4). Tests carried out by our client have confirmed the potential for processing polyhalite into a new, advanced product with significant economic potential.

Polyhalite was formed during the evaporation of prehistoric seas in the Permian period. Around 260 million years ago, Boulby Mine (the world’s only polyhalite mine) sat on the edge of the Zechstein Sea. The hot and dry conditions of the environment meant the sea evaporated quicker than it could be re-filled, leaving behind polyhalite, halite and potash minerals.

This phenomenon happened around about the same time as the Earth’s greatest extinction event known, with up to 96% of all marine species and 70% of terrestrial land species becoming extinct. 260 million years later, in the 21st century, we mine these minerals that were deposited back then. Travelling to the polyhalite layer of rock over 1,000 metres below the North Sea is like travelling backwards through geological history.

To take full advantage of the polyhalite opportunity, our client intends to establish a plant next to the Boulby Mine in the UK for processing polyhalite into specialty fertilizers and industrial products.

Criteria for shortlisting:-

• Extent of potential demand for proposed industrial product
• Feasibility of production process
• Scale up prospects
• Economical viability of product
• IP protection

As a technology incubator, our client is looking only for innovative technologies that may be further developed and commercialized through a business unit.

IP Collaboration

• Funded research
• Exclusive IP licensing
• Joint development





Importance
Key Expectation from the solution
Must Meet
 Full funding for selected technologies
Must Meet
 Analytical laboratories, pilot facilities and high level R&D teams based on ICL's central R&D instit
Must Meet
 ICL Fertilizers as an industrial strategic partner
Good if Met
 
Good if Met
 
Good if Met
 
Challenge Start date: 04-Oct-16         
End date: 05-Jul-18
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Funded research, Exclusive IP licensing, Joint development
 

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