DOE Announces Prize Competition for Wave Energy Water Desalination

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a prize competition to spur innovation in wave energy-powered desalination systems. The Waves to Water Prize will draw upon U.S. innovators to accelerate technology development through a series of contests to demonstrate small, modular, cost-competitive desalination systems that use the power of the ocean to provide potable drinking water to remote coastal and island communities.

The Waves to Water Prize is a part of the previously announced Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House-initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water.

The $2.5 million prize will provide innovators a pathway from initial concept, to technical design, to prototype, to field tested systems that use only waves as a power source as an alternative to costly, electricity-intensive desalination plants.

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  • Mykhailo Lytovchenko March 15, 2019, 2:12 a.m. PDT
    I think that the problem is solved - it remains only to connect a desalination plant))
  • Global Innovator Feb. 25, 2019, 4:50 p.m. PST
    I would opt for hybrid solutions
    The Waves + Solar to Water
    since otherwise, if no waves no water

    Wave energy is not great

    In theory wave energy is high volume kinetic energy of the water
    but in practice head is low
    so you need to catch wave energy from a large surface
    making any such project not feasible
    and easily replaced by a floating solar farm
    • Brian Meano Dec. 21, 2019, 11 a.m. PST
      They say that mankind did not exit the Stone Age because he ran out of stones. No, it is proclamations like yours that keep people from attempting what many see as an impossible task. I was able to do that which you hold is impossible. -Brian Meano Founder-CEO Gold Coast Water.
    • Global Innovator Dec. 21, 2019, 1:49 p.m. PST
      Just another CAD based virtual project ?

      "Rows of reverse osmosis filters used for desalination

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    • Global Innovator Dec. 21, 2019, 1:51 p.m. PST
  • mamusa Feb. 25, 2019, 11:53 a.m. PST
    Is only for sea waves or also for water currents or streams?