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Case Study: Prince William Sound OSRI

Breaking Viscous Shear of Crude Oil

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By 2007, in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there were still over 120,000 liters of oil trapped in the Alaskan coastline and surrounding seas. In need of creative solutions to respond to the pervasive problem, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute ran a number of challenges with InnoCentive, to benefit from out-of-the-box solutions tailored to the needs of the problem. Below is a more in depth look at the “Breaking the Viscous Shear of Crude Oil” Challenge and solution.

Why Challenge Driven Innovation?

Inside, you’ll find:

  • A quick snapshot of the Innovation Challenge run by Prince William Sound OSRI using InnoCentive’s Challenge Driven Innovation framework
  • The Challenge: needed a method to separate oil from water; specifically oil that had solidified into a viscous mass with frozen water in recovery barges
  • Details of the solutions submitted by Solvers and the winning solution
  • The results: how Prince William Sound OSRI benefited from crowdsourcing their innovation efforts

Who Should Read This eBook?

If you’re a senior leader with managerial oversight or influence over your organization’s innovation initiatives or R&D function, this guide will provide you with fresh, new ideas and methods for tackling complex business problems and innovation challenges.

“If it was easily solved by people within the industry, it would have been solved by people within the industry. The InnoCentive process allows us to step outside of the box.”

Scott Pegau, Research Program Manager, OSRI

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