DISCOVER Competition:

Propose a Marine Energy Powered System

Competitors submitted novel concepts and ideas to integrate ocean observing sensors and platforms with marine energy systems. This ideation crowdsourced promising ideas that address pressing energy challenges in ocean observing as demonstrated by initial customer outreach and discovery. All concepts submitted into the prize proposed a marine energy system addressing power limitations to collecting oceanographic data and which could enable more pervasive ocean observing and encourage new growth in multiple blue economy sectors.


Competitors were evaluated on the impact of their innovation, end-user market potential, and technical feasibility. On March 31, DOE announced 11 winners that received funding, highlighted below.

Congratulations to our DISCOVER Competition Winners!


Eleven winners were selected based on their strong submissions in the first stage of the prize. Ten Explorer Prizes were awarded at $10,000 each to the top-ranked submissions and one Nautilus Grand Prize of $25,000 was awarded to the single highest-scoring submission.

Nautilus Grand Prize entry team video
CalWave’s xNode: A Flexible Ocean Science Platform CalWave Power Technologies Inc
entry title (listed alphabetically) team video
BlueLink BlueLink
Green Power for Persistent Ocean Observing Seatrec
Halona WEC Mobile AUV Docking Station Halona WEC, Univ. of Hawaii
Livewire: wave energy to power ocean monitoring Drew Lucas, Del Mar Oceanographic
Mission Unlimited UUV Station Brian Theobald, Northrup Grumman
OCG-Data: a smart and clean ocean observer Ocergy
P.A.zolutions University of Pittsburgh
Pulse of The Ocean Fadel Adib’s, MIT
The RIB WEC Navatek
Wave Powered Oceanographic Gliders WaveVenture

More DISCOVER Competition Innovation


While these solutions weren't chosen during the DISCOVER Competition, we applaud the vision that so many teams put forth during this stage of the prize. The DEVELOP Competition is not limited to winners in the DISCOVER Competition, so we hope to see them continue to compete. Learn more about these teams and their ideas below.

entry title (listed alphabetically) team video
1 zero cost biogeochemical ARGO per 9 km^2 ocean Ocean-based Climate Solutions, Inc
Adaptive WaveEnergy Converter Aided by Advanced AI Ocean Motion Technologies
AISSPAR PLATFORM Adel Assaoui's Team
An energy harvesting eel for ocean monitoring Pyro-E
Automar Inge Bakke's Team
Buoy for power supply by the vibration float Atlantic New Energy Technology Co., Limited
Buoy Oscillating Undersea Novel Capture of Energy VITNI
Curious and Energetic Buoys Sea Brothers Team
DaCha (Dock and Charge) Elena Koukina's Team
DrumBuoy - ocean waves energy converter Cvetan Angeliev's Team
Electric Duck Power Platform Electric Duck
Electric Duck Wave Buoy Electric Duck
Electroactive Polymer Wave Energy Harvester Camden Houghton's Team
Energy Absorbing Breakwater Mick Safron's Team
Game Changer Brian Meano's Team
Innovative Wave Energy Harvesting Leviathan Waves
Highwave Reef for blue energy with epic waves Team Highwave
IoT Ocean Data, Wave Energy, & Commercialization Kat Leigh's Team
Mobile Ocean-Observing Network (MOON) Ocean Visions
Mocean Energy | Blue Star Wave Energy Converter Mocean Energy
Modular Wave Energy Converter Changzheng Huang's Team
NEREUS™ Powering Ocean Observation using Waves RME USA
Ocean Wave Energy Powered Buoy Maiden Wave Energy, LLC
Ocean Wave Powered Rover Maiden Wave Energy, LLC
Offshore Electric Power Generating System Gulf Stream HydroEnergy LLC
Offshore HFR Transmitter/ Wave Energy Converter Team Radar Wave
Power for Observation in gLacial Arctic Region Power for Observation in gLacial Arctic Region
Powering Up Ocean Science Powering Up Ocean Science
Project Liberty - A low-cost ASV for Ocean Data Daniel McCue's Team
Real Time Observatory of the Oceans CalObs
S.P.A.R. Buoy (Self Powered Autonomous Research) Wetgen
Scalable Power for Blue Economy Applications Mirko Previsic's team
Sea Borne Energy Capture and Exploring Submarine Kevin Kusiak's Team
Sea Charger Team Sea Charger
SEAD - SEA DWELLER SEA-D
SeaNet – Self-powered Ocean Telemetry Sam Beyene's Team
SeaNRG - Thermal Energy for Observating Systems Sam Beyene's Team
Self Sustaining Floating Met/Ocean LiDAR buoy John Wallinga's Team
Self-recharging AUV with Surface Riding WEC HeonYong Kang's Team
The buoy for power supply by the water turbine Atlantic New Energy Technology Co., Limited
The Rise/Fall of Tides, a free Prime Mover 24/7. Thomas Mormino's Team
Water Turbine Buoy for Power Production Atlantic New Energy Technology Co., Limited and KamWorks 3D, LLC
Wave-Powered Ocean Observing Buoy (WOO Buoy) Dr. Reed Phillips's Team
WaveSub Project John Duke's Team
WaveSurfer Ocean Observatory Ocean Energy
We Sea Potential Sea Potential - Ocean Observing

Solutions that help shape the future

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View the DISCOVER submissions on HeroX