Marine Energy, North America, Research and Development

U.S. DOE opens prize for using wave energy for water desalination

The U.S. Department of Energy has opened the first stage of its Waves to Water Prize, which seeks to accelerate the development of wave energy-powered desalination systems and launch novel technologies to address critical water security challenges.

The Waves to Water Prize is the first prize under the Water Security Grand Challenges, which is 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 prize is divided into four stages and offers up to $2.5 million in cash prizes.

The first concept stage is open for applications through Sept. 11, 2019. Up to 20 winners will receive a $10,000 prize, and those winners will be announced in October 2019.

Stage II (design) will be open October 2019 through January 2020 and offer a total funding amount of $800,000 to be divided among up to 20 winners, not to exceed $100,000 per team. Stage III (create) will be open February 2020 through August 2020, with a total prize pool of up to $500,000 for five to 10 winners, not to exceed $150,000 each. Stage IV (drink) will be open October 2020 through April 2021 and offer a grand prize of $500,000 and other prizes awarded for a total pool of $500,000.

DOE says, “Over almost two years, the prize will provide innovators a pathway from initial concept, to technical design, to prototype, to field testing systems that provide clean, abundant drinking water using only waves as a power source.

The Waves to Water Prize is led by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

On the topic of wave energy, the upcoming HydroVision International event is featuring a Marine Energy Symposium on Wednesday, July 24. Click here to see the content and speakers.