DESIGN: Develop a Detailed Plan and Model

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120 DAYS: November 14, 2019 to March 13, 2020

Competitors in the DESIGN Stage developed a technical plan and supporting analysis of their wave-powered desalination system. Submissions focused on two major components: (1) A detailed design of their wave-powered desalination system, including modeling to support their claims of performance if a prototype of the system is built; and (2) a plan to build a prototype of their system, including how major risks would be addressed. Teams that demonstrated they have the technical capability and sufficient plans to build a functional or proof-of-concept prototype were awarded a cash prize. The 17 winners equally shared a total funding amount of $800,000. Any eligible entity could have competed in the DESIGN Stage regardless of whether they were a competitor in the CONCEPT Stage.

Congratulations to our DESIGN Stage Winners!

17 winners were selected based on their strong submissions to the second stage of the prize. These teams were awarded a $47k cash prize and may continue building on their innovation in the ADAPT Stage.

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Solutions that help shape the future

Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, facility or potential partner? Anyone with an innovative idea can help promote transformation by participating in the American-Made Challenges.

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