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Dutch engineering and manufacturing company is looking for partners with clean water and energy conversion or storing innovations using thermic principles

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20200929001
Publication Date: 2 October 2020


A Netherlands based multinational is looking for start-ups and SMEs with launching customer verified innovations based on thermal principles in the field of clean water or conversion or storage of energy. The partner should be in need of a strong international partner with the power to develop their innovation to the scale of a global solution. The company offers joint development in the frame of a research or technical cooperation agreement. This request refers to a challenge on a platform.


The Dutch multinational has 2,200 employees to engineer and produce new technologies that help their customers deliver a cleaner future for mobility, water and energy. A number of 14 worldwide producing factories deliver solutions to the world’s leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Their craftsmanship lies in reducing noise and exhaust emissions of cars and trucks and providing modern energy conversion system technologies for more efficient and cleaner energy production. They combine their knowledge of thermal behaviour of solid, gaseous and liquid media with high tech manufacturing. But the world is changing and demanding solutions in new fields contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are needed. To ensure that their future innovations can all be instrumental in realizing a cleaner, more sustainable future for the planet the company is building an R&D pipeline.

The in-house competences of the company include functional product development, featuring high-level competences in domains such as acoustics, thermal management, flow dynamics, quality control, mechanical engineering, emissions management and materials engineering.

Smart SMEs or start-ups can close the gap of knowledge of new technologies in the field of energy or water applications. Therefore the company is especially interested in innovations comprising:

1: Recovery of heat from waste water
The company is already experienced in recovering heat from exhaust gases and an expert in heat exchangers. They are interested in applications for recovery of thermal energy (heat and cold) from water –surface water (TES), wastewater (TEW) or drinking water (TED) – and its conversion to useful heat or cold (Aquathermy).

2: Purification of drinking water using heat or thermal processes
There are different ways to prepare drinking water. The company is interested in ways of water purification on energy or heat based treatment like for example vaporizing. The application should also be free of maintenance. They are not interested in purifying of water by using filters or other assets that need spare parts or maintenance.

3: Storage and converting of energy, using thermal processes
The company sees possibilities in contributing to the storage and transport of renewable energy using hydrogen in the supply chain. They are already experienced in pre-heating & post-combustion of fuel cells and fuel reforming from different fuels to H2 and are interested in new energy converting technologies where they can contribute.

The company can accelerate the upscaling of these innovations by bringing their expertise in development, manufacturing, their network and financial power. They are convinced that only in collaboration new products will emerge.

The innovative product with global market potential should already be verified by a launching customer and can be brought to the next stage by the requesting company. The types of cooperation proposed for joint development are a research cooperation agreement or a technical cooperation agreement.

IMPORTANT: This Technology Request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open innovation internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on November 6th 2020 Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the SME's with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, Expressions of Interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Expertise sought

The company is looking for partners with knowledge of:

- recovery of thermal energy (heat and cold) from water –surface water (TES), wastewater (TEW) or drinking water (TED)
- purification of drinking water using energy or heat based treatment
- storage and energy converting using thermal processes

Stage Of Development

Field tested/evaluated

Stage Of Development Comment

The innovation looked for is a minimum viable product (MVP) and validated by a launching customer, so field tested/evaluated including a potential costumer.

Requested partner

The partners the company is looking for are small (start-up) companies in the field of energy or water. They have an innovative product with global market potential that can be brought to the next stage by the requesting company. 
The types of cooperation proposed for joint development are a research cooperation agreement or a technical cooperation agreement.

Cooperation offer is closed for requests