Make a big splash—help support the development of tomorrow’s hydropower technologies!
Advanced manufacturing is revolutionizing the way products are designed and built for countless industries by lowering costs, improving designs, and reducing production timelines.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) has announced the Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize to dramatically lower costs of hydropower components and systems designs by leveraging advancements in manufacturing and material.
I AM Hydro is inspiring disruptors and innovators to compete for up to $250,000 in cash prizes and help support the hydropower industry using the ingenuity of advanced manufacturing.
Up for the challenge?
Advanced manufacturing technologies are revolutionizing the way products are designed and built across countless industries. And while the benefits of advanced manufacturing are well-understood, the high-impact opportunities for incorporating it into hydropower have yet to be tapped.
The I AM Hydro Prize aims to strengthen hydropower by applying advanced manufacturing technologies to reduce construction costs and repair frequency, improve efficiency and energy capture, and more.
I AM Hydro is designed to:
To make more targeted investments in the future, WPTO is identifying high-impact opportunities for advanced manufacturing to address critical challenges in hydropower generation.
As part of this prize, we’re looking for talented innovators to guide us toward tomorrow’s hydropower technology. Competitors will be challenged to develop concepts and ideas that will form the foundation of WPTO’s advanced manufacturing strategy.
While the prize is soliciting solutions of all shapes and sizes, organizers identified the following potential focus areas for submissions:
Sign up for updates on our HeroX challenge page.
Any innovators, visionaries, or enthusiasts with an idea to apply advanced manufacturing techniques to hydropower developments can apply! Join the community as an individual and find like-minded collaborators.
Rainbows over Diablo Dam. Credit: Photo from Karl Specht, U.S. Department of Energy
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