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Power At Sea Prize

Create reliable and cost-effective renewable power at sea to support Powering the Blue Economy™ initiatives. #PowerAtSea Prize
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Overview

Our oceans are a crucial asset: a precious habitat to millions of species, a vital carbon sink, and a key determinant of environmental and human health. Society’s growing need for ocean-derived food, materials, energy, and knowledge is fueling growth in next-generation maritime or “blue” technologies. This effort requires access to consistent, renewable power untethered from land-based grids. 

 

With reliable and cost-effective renewable power at sea, competitors in the Powering the Blue Economy™ Power at Sea Prize could help us come to a greater understanding of the world’s oceans. The prize aims to nurture innovative technologies that utilize the power inherent in the ocean to enable sustainable and responsible use of resources, better prediction and tracking of tropical storms, better monitoring of aquaculture for food security in coastal communities, greater understanding of the ocean’s role in climate change mitigation, and more. 

 
The Power at Sea Prize, which expands on the Ocean Observing Prize, is structured to support competitors through the early stages of developing a new system, subsystem, or component from original conception to teaming to a testable stage of initial development. 

The prize aims to be a proving ground for ideas that have not yet had the opportunity to flourish and is structured so competitors end the prize with concepts, materials, and media collateral to better position them for future technology development.

 

Prize Structure 

Through two phases, CONCEPT and DEVELOP, the Power at Sea Prize will provide winners with access to direct support, including trainings, testing assets, and new connections that aim to accelerate the advancement of concepts into real prototypes. 

 

In the CONCEPT Phase, competitors will select a blue economy application that their proposed system, subsystem, or component will support, and an integration challenge their solution intends to resolve. (See official rules for complete lists of challenges and applications). At the end of this phase, up to 20 winners will be awarded from a cash prize pool of up to $200,000. 

 

In the DEVELOP Phase, teams will continue their concept development and prepare it for future technology development after the prize. Up to 20 phase winners will be awarded from a cash prize pool of up to $1,500,000.

 

Prize Phases

 

The competition is open to individuals; private entities (for-profits and nonprofits); nonfederal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities; and academic institutions, subject to the requirements detailed in the official rules

 

The Power at Sea Prize was established by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, and NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture. The prize is part of the American-Made program and is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

 

Solutions that help shape the future

Are you an expert in marine energy, or just an ocean lover with big ideas? Bring your innovations to life and help power the blue economy. #PowerAtSea Prize


Guidelines

Please review the official rules document for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

If you want to subscribe to updates about the prize or have any questions, you may use the contact feature on the HeroX platform, or .  


 

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Join Us for the upcoming Power at Sea Prize: Ask webinar

April 1, 2024, 1:31 p.m. PDT by NREL Prize Moderator (Amanda)

Have any burning questions about the Power at Sea Prize competition? Curious about the challenge areas, blue economy applications, or need clarity on the submission process? Then join us for our upcoming 30-minute Power at Sea Prize: Ask webinar on Wednesday, April 3, at 1 p.m. ET

This unique webinar marks the beginning of our webinar series Power at Sea: Ask, Explore, Innovate, Apply and offers competitors the opportunity to engage directly with our experts. 

This ‘Ask Me Anything’ style webinar is designed just for you. Whether you’re brainstorming your first concept or fine-tuning your submission, this is an invaluable chance to get insights directly from the source. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Exclusive Insights: Deep dive into the objectives and expectations of the Power at Sea Prize. 
  • Live Q&A: Our experts will be on hand to answer your questions in real-time. 
  • Guidance and Support: Learn more about the resources available to help your submission stand out. 

Don’t let this wave of information pass you by! Click here to register for the webinar and secure your spot in what promises to be an enlightening session. 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 


Informational Webinar: Join us to learn more about the Power at Sea Prize

Nov. 27, 2023, 3:56 p.m. PST by NREL Prize Moderator (Amanda)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 11:00am MT/1:00pm ET

The Powering the Blue Economy™: Power at Sea Prize is seeking to advance marine-powered technologies that could help researchers realize a greater understanding of the world’s oceans. 

Through two phases, the prize will provide winners with access to direct support, including training, testing, and new connections with the goal of accelerating the advancement of marine energy concepts into real prototypes. Join this informational webinar to learn more about: 

  • Deadlines and eligibility 
  • CONCEPT Phase rules 
  • How to put together a strong application 
  • The challenge areas and blue economy applications to build your technology around 

Prize administrators will also leave time to answer participant questions at the end. 

Register to join here.


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