The U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office invites you to submit your ideas to develop wave powered desalination systems for the Waves to Water Prize. The Waves to Water Prize is a 4-Stage, $2.5M contest to accelerate the development of small, modular, wave-powered desalination systems capable of providing potable drinking water in disaster relief scenarios and remote coastal locations.
The prize supports the integration of existing and novel wave energy generation technologies with water technologies that can deliver effective, consistent, durable and low-maintenance water delivery systems. The prize seeks to identify the ideal scale of wave energy innovation paired with water technologies that can serve niche markets such as disaster response, and advance the state of both wave energy devices and desalination technologies that could provide value in other markets as the technologies mature.
The prize has four stages, aimed to support concepts through demonstration, with the final stage culminating in a contest where developers will deploy their solutions and compete across a variety of metrics.
The four stages of this prize will distribute a total of $2.5 million, and will provide access to testing and demonstrating solutions out in the ocean in the final DRINK Stage.
The purpose of this prize is to incentivize the creation of wave powered desalination systems that meet the following goals:
This prize is the first to be announced as part of the Department of Energy’s Water Security Grand Challenge, which is focused on advancing transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for secure and affordable water.
For more information on the prize and the rules, please review the official rules for the application process and instructions for competing.
Yes, but it’s quick and easy. Just click the “Accept Challenge” button on this page and follow the instructions to complete your registration. All you need to provide is your name and email address.
The Prize competition is open only to: (a) citizens or permanent residents of the United States; and (b) private or non-federal public entities, such as townships, tribes, corporations, or other organizations that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. Individuals can compete alone or as a member of a group.
A representative of a private entity can register the entity to compete. So long as an entity is legally formed under the laws of a State or the laws of the United States, individuals working under that entity may participate regardless of immigration status.
DOE employees, employees of sponsoring organizations, members of their immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in this Prize. Federal entities and federal employees, acting within the scope of their employment, are also not eligible to participate in any portion of this Prize. DOE National Laboratory employees cannot participate in any Stage of the prize.
Unfortunately, employees of a DOE national laboratory are not allowed to compete in any prize contest in this program.
No, if you are a contest winner you are receiving the prize for meeting or exceeding the contest goals.
The Waves to Water Prize is led by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Yes. We encourage you to promote your concept to universities and other technical outlets.
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