Spent Acid Waste Management Challenge 2023

About Program in brief

Spent Acid Waste Management Challenge 2023

This challenge invites applications from startups, innovators, students, and researchers to propose innovative solutions for the management of spent HCl and offers them resource support to facilitate their entrepreneurial journey.

What’s in for you

The most promising solutions will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading industrial partners , R&D organizations to further develop and implement their ideas.  

The selected applicants will have the chance to collaborate with pollution control boards and environmental regulatory authorities. This collaboration will facilitate a better understanding of compliance requirements and environmental standards, ensuring that the proposed solutions align with environmental protection objectives.  

Selected applicants will gain access to state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratories, enabling them to conduct in-depth analyses, testing, and experimentation to support the development and validation of their solutions.

Additionally, financial grants, incubation support, and potential investment opportunities may be offered to facilitate the real-world implementation of selected solutions.

Problem Objectives

  • Environmental Impact Minimisation: Develop a waste management strategy that reduces the environmental impact of spent HCl disposal. This should include methods to prevent groundwater and soil contamination, as well as minimising emissions of toxic gases during disposal or treatment. 
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure that the proposed waste management system complies with all relevant local, national, and international regulations and guidelines governing the handling, transportation and disposal of hazardous chemicals like spent HCl. 
  • Resource Recovery and Reuse: Explore methods for recovering and reusing valuable components from spent HCl, aiming to reduce the overall waste volume and decrease the demand for fresh HCl production. Investigate possible applications of treated spent HCl or its by-products in other industrial processes. 
  • Safety and Risk Management: Implement safety protocols and risk assessment procedures to handle and transport spent HCl securely. Identify potential hazards associated with the waste and design strategies to mitigate risks for workers, the community and the environment.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Evaluate the economic feasibility of the proposed waste management system, taking into account the initial investment, operational costs and potential savings from resource recovery or reuse. Aim to develop a solution that is both environmentally sustainable and financially viable. 
  • The problem statement should serve as a foundation for a comprehensive waste management plan for spent HCl. The proposed solution should consider the specific characteristics of the spent HCl waste, the scale of waste generation, and the available technologies and infrastructure. 

Who can apply

Eligibility criteria for applicants:

Technology validated in relevant environment

Changing environment reiterating the need and importance of quick and reliable technology solutions in accordance with local needs.