U.S. Department of Energy Announces Groundbreaking Hydro Prize Winners
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) announced two teams were chosen as winners of the Groundbreaking Prize. Winners will share a cash prize pool of $75,000. The Groundbreaking Prize winner will receive $50,000, while $25,000 will go to the Innovator Prize winner:
- Groundbreaking Prize:
- Team: GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc and Littoral Power Systems, Terra-Modular Project
- Concept: Prefabrication of a modular hydropower foundation for a wide range of soils and substructures.
- Innovator Prize:
- Team: Team Chemventive, WaterJet Drill with a Deep Array of Anchor Cables Concept
- Concept: Deep array of high-tension cables drilled through solid rock, using a water-jet drilling robot, to secure a steel dam in tension.