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Hydropower Prizes

Prizes represent tools for the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) to find solutions by tapping into the ingenuity and creativity of participants to foster research and development in new technologies. These prize models support the Administration’s work to spur manufacturing, develop innovative solutions and products, and create new domestic jobs and opportunities through public-private partnerships. WPTO is co-funding a National Academies project on the “Role of Inducement Prizes,” which includes a report that analyzes the role of inducement prizes in the American innovation process.

Prizes can help introduce, expand, and evolve what’s possible for the hydropower and marine energy industries. They can enable WPTO and the federal government to:

  • Inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to solve difficult and important problems.
  • Establish ambitious goals without having to predict which team or approach is most likely to succeed.
  • Reach beyond the usual stakeholders to increase the number of perspectives working to develop solutions for a specific problem.
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaboration and perspectives reflective of the modern research environment.
  • Prizes and challenges make it easy for anyone to participate bringing people together from private sector and government to leverage resources.
  • Make innovation easy, fast, and agile. Rapid innovation cycles will help boost competitiveness and accelerate the transition of inventions to industry.
  • Collaborate closely with other federal agencies in the design and implementation of prizes through Challenge.gov.
FAST Commissioning for Pumped-Storage Hydropower Prize
The Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) Commissioning for Pumped-Storage Hydropower (PSH) Prize aims to attract ideas to reduce the time, cost, and risk required to commission PSH projects. This is the first prize of its kind and is structured to support anyone with a great idea and the motivation to develop their idea into a full business concept.
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Fish Protection Prize
The Fish Protection Prize is catalyzing new solutions, designs, and strategies to protect fish from water infrastructure, such as water diversions and pipes, and intakes at hydropower dams.
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I AM Hydro Prize
On June 30, DOE launched the Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize, a new competition designed to leverage the power of advanced manufacturing to address some of hydropower’s most critical challenges. The I AM Hydro Prize will provide up to $250,000—split among up to 16 winners—to develop creative applications that use advanced manufacturing to lower the cost and improve the performance of hydropower components and facilities. The application period is extended to October 30, 2020.
Groundbreaking Hydro Prize
DOE launched the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize to encourage the development of new ideas to cut the costs, timelines, and risks associated with hydropower development. Inspiring innovators to compete for $300,000 in cash prizes, the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize elicits innovative concepts for geotechnical hydropower foundations. As many as nine winners will be selected.






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