When competitive licensing opportunities become available, NRCan will post a notice on this webpage to invite interested parties to submit a business plan for consideration. Business plans must be submitted to NRCan’s Intellectual Property Division before the advertised deadline. Successful candidates will be invited by NRCan to negotiate a commercialization licence. The terms of these licences may include commercial exclusivity in a given field or territory.
“Radiant Barrier for Thermal Protection of Rail Cars Tanks from Fire”
The deadline for expressions of interest for this opportunity has passed. NRCan is no longer accepting expressions of interest.
The Business Opportunity
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is seeking expressions of interest from Canadian firms who wish to enter into a commercial licensing arrangement to bring to market our method for creating a radiant barrier for thermal protection of rail tank cars to protect the tank and its content in the event of fire, thereby replacing or supplementing the use of ceramic fibre blankets. This license would enable the firm to manufacture and sell this technology, including all aspects of design, manufacture, construction, commissioning, service, maintenance, support, marketing and sales. While the primary markets are in rail transport industries where end users are most likely to be rail tank car operators and rail tank car manufacturers, there are other potential market opportunities in the areas of storage and transportation of dangerous goods, the transport of crude oil, flammable materials, explosive and hazardous liquids in tank cars, fire protection, and thermal protection. This technology may aid in meeting or exceeding thermal protection requirements for tank cars, as described in the technical standards from the Association of American Railroads (AAR M-1002) and Transport Canada (TP 14877).
Brief Technology Description
NRCan has developed and filed a patent for a thermal protection method for rail tank cars that is broadly applicable to all tanks containing flammable, explosive, or hazardous liquids. Many tank cars, especially those in flammable liquid service, have an inner tank and an outer shell, which surrounds the inner tank and creates an annulus. This technology protects the inner tank and its contents from the high heat transfer rates caused by a fire. It replaces or supplements the use of ceramic fibre blanket thermal protection. This thermal protection method is cost-effective, suitable for retrofitting existing tanks, and not prone to shifting or degrading over time.
Patent Application filed.
Details about the technology will be provided upon signature of a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
Section 8.2.7 of the “Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail, a Transport Canada Standard”
Standard M-1002 of the “Association of American Railroads Manual of Standards”
Standard TP 14877 of the “TDG Regulations”
Expression of Interest
Companies interested in commercializing the NRCan technology must submit a letter of interest to NRCan on or before March 29, 2019. NRCan will invite qualified companies to attend a webinar where NRCan’s researchers will provide more details and will be able to answer questions. Participation in these information sessions will be subject to signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Following the webinar, companies may submit questions and requests for clarifications. NRCan’s responses to questions and requests for clarifications will be issued to all qualified companies alike.
Companies interested in becoming NRCan’s licensee will then be required to submit a business plan for NRCan’s consideration. Business plans must address all of the elements outlined in Appendix A: Business Plan Required Format, and must be submitted to the contact below.
Rebecca Bednarek, Intellectual Property Officer
Intellectual Property Division
580 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4
Appendix A: Business Plan Required Format
Experience /success in the industry
- Short-term objectives
- Long-term objectives
Market, Customer, and Competition Analysis
Market opportunity, size and trends
Key customer bases
Production and Marketing Plan
Target markets (i.e. Canada, USA, worldwide) and sales strategy
Five-year cash flow forecast
Capital cost estimates
Proposed sale price
Proposed profit margin targets
Proposed royalty structure
Knowledge and Experience
Experience with rail design and manufacture
Familiarity with transportation regulations, specifically the standards for the transportation of dangerous goods provided by Transport Canada and the standards provided by the American Association of Railroads
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