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Innovating Distributed Embedded Energy Prize (InDEEP)

Let's forge a wave-powered future together! Marine renewable energy has the potential to power much of the nation's grid, but it requires new wave energy technologies developed by an interdisciplinary community of innovators within and beyond wave energy to be successful.


InDEEP Overview

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Water Power Technologies Office is launching the Innovating Distributed Embedded Energy Prize (InDEEP) to encourage innovation in distributed embedded energy converter technology (DEEC-Tec, pronounced “deck tech”) to generate new, precommercial materials for wave energy conversion. This prize will challenge innovators from within and beyond wave energy to design and develop novel materials for marine energy applications that will lay the foundation for generating electricity at the grid scale.

This three-phase, two-year competition is offering a combined cash prize pool up to $2.3 million. Teams will also receive technical support, teaming support, and other forms of mentorship throughout the prize to enable their success.

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Wave energy is the most abundant and geographically diverse marine energy resource in the United States. The total available wave energy resource in the United States is equivalent to approximately 34% of all U.S. power generation in 2019.

To help build energy resilience in coastal cities and support President Biden's goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, InDEEP seeks innovations that blend materials and renewable energy research to help convert wave energy to usable electricity. This prize is the first step in exploring DEEC-Tec’s potential for ocean wave energy conversion.

Competitors will use innovative methods to identify DEEC-Tec components and materials that have high techno-economic potential for wave energy converters. Successful concepts developed through this prize are those that show the greatest techno-economic potential to contribute to grid-scale power systems.

Through this prize, WPTO seeks to meet the following goals:

  • Leverage innovation to systematically develop DEEC-Tec concepts that could bring value to the ocean wave energy conversion industry.
  • Build a solver community by engaging and facilitating collaboration between diverse innovators inside and outside the marine energy industry and related DEEC-Tec disciplines.
  • Encourage development of novel DEEC-Tec concepts with high potential relevant to ocean wave energy conversion by supporting an interdisciplinary set of competitors as they move from ideation to design.
  • Refine wave energy converter innovation methods to incorporate ideas from beyond the field of wave energy based on feedback from the prize.
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Important Dates

Phase I

Phase I Opens:

March 22, 2023

Phase I Closes:

August 25, 2023

Winner Announcement:

November 7, 2023

Phase II

Phase II Opens:

November 7, 2023

Phase II Closes:

May 7, 2024

Winner Announcement:

July, 2024 (anticipated)

Phase III

Phase III Opens:

July, 2024 (anticipated)

Phase III Closes:

January, 2025 (anticipated)

Winner Announcement and Awards:

February, 2025 (anticipated)

All dates are subject to change including contest openings, deadlines, and announcements.

Sign up for updates for the InDEEP Prize here.

Who Can Participate?

This prize aims to engage distributed embedded energy conversion experts from a wide variety of fields and disciplines, like piezoelectrics, polymers, and actuators. Innovators within and beyond the wave energy industry are encouraged to create and join multidisciplinary teams in designing and completing proof-of-concept testing of DEEC-Tec concept(s) that are applicable to ocean wave energy conversion.

To ensure success regardless of knowledge or background in marine energy, competitors will receive multiple types of support throughout the prize, including training in innovation methods, connections with commercialization mentors, and an introduction to marine renewable energy.

Please see the official prize rules for participant eligibility and resource materials.

Solutions that help shape the future

Are you a thinker, innovator, or partner organization within or beyond ocean wave energy interested in putting your problem-solving skills to work? We are looking for diverse, multidisciplinary teams to help innovate solutions for one of the most nascent renewable energy sources in the clean energy transition.

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