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I AM Hydro

Support hydropower by integrating advanced manufacturing technologies to lower costs, improve performance, and reduce manufacturing times.
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Overview

Challenge Overview

Challenge Overview

I AM Hydro Prize

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office’s (WPTO) Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize challenges innovators to leverage advancements in manufacturing and materials to lower costs, improve performance, and reduce manufacturing times of hydropower components and systems.

The I AM Hydro Prize inspires innovators to compete for up to $250,000 in cash prizes to help integrate hydropower with the ingenuity of advanced manufacturing. This prize gives eligible participants 120 days to submit their concept, which will consist of the proposed solution, conceptual drawings, comparison to the state of the art, and justification for how the idea could lead to levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) reductions.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Prize open: June 30, 2020
  • Prize closes: October 30, 2020
  • Application Review: November 2, 2020
  • Winners Announcement: December 2020

$250,000 IN CASH PRIZES

The competition will distribute up to $250,000 in cash prizes to up to 16 winners.

 

PRIZE GOALS

The I AM Hydro Prize is designed to:

  • Catalyze the use of advanced manufacturing to drive down levelized costs of hydropower by seeking solutions that can dramatically lower initial capital costs and/or increase annual energy production
  • Inform future investments by identifying targeted, high-impact opportunities to apply advances in manufacturing to address hydropower’s critical challenges, which may be used to inform future funding opportunities
  • Bring new innovators into the hydropower sector and help form new partnerships and collaborations between industry, academia, and government to accelerate innovative advanced manufacturing technologies for hydropower.

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

 

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Who can participate?

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

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by using the contact feature on the HeroX platform or reach out to us directly at .

We’re also looking for recommendations on how to best structure this contest to attract groundbreaking ideas that will spark tomorrow’s hydropower solutions. If you’re not interested in competing but want to help develop and review submissions, please feel free to contact us.

 

Timeline
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Challenge Updates

I AM Hydro Prize Submission Deadline Extended

Sept. 21, 2020, 3:25 p.m. PDT by Kathleen Morton

The Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize submission deadline has been extended to October 30, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us on the forum. 

 

Thank you, 

- The I AM Hydro Prize Team 


Applicant Webinar Recording: Now Available

Aug. 13, 2020, 8:52 a.m. PDT by Jenny Wiegele


REMINDER: I AM Hydro Webinar Tomorrow!

Aug. 3, 2020, 7:18 a.m. PDT by Jenny Wiegele

Hi Innovators,

This is a quick reminder to register for the upcoming Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize applicant webinar tomorrow at 12pm ET. 

Hear directly from the prize team on the application process and ask any outstanding questions you have on the rules. 

Register here and email us at with questions. Speak to you all soon!

- The I AM Hydro Prize Team 


Upcoming I AM Hydro Applicant Webinar

July 21, 2020, 7:30 a.m. PDT by Jenny Wiegele

I AM Hydro Innovators,

Join us on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 12pm ET for the Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize applicant webinar. 

If you have an idea for using advanced manufacturing and materials to lower costs, improve performance, and reduce manufacturing times of hydropower components and systems, join us on the webinar! You could win a part of the $250,000 prize pool. 

You will hear from the prize team to gain insight into the application process, ask questions about the prize, and learn tips for a strong submission.

Register here and email us at with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

- The I AM Hydro Prize Team 


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