IDA - NREL American Made Solar Desal Prize Teaming Workshop

Event Date: November 30, 2020

Event Time: 11:00 AM EST

Event Location: Zoom Webinar 

The International Desalination Association (IDA) is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and their National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support quarter finalist teams in the $9 million Solar Desalination Prize competition. The American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize is a four-stage competition, designed to accelerate the development of low-cost desalination systems that use solar-thermal power to produce clean water from saltwater. Competitors receive cash prizes as they advance through each stage of the competition, culminating in a $1 million grand prize for the successful testing and demonstration of a promising solar-thermal desalination system prototype.

On Oct. 19, DOE announced the quarter-finalist winners, which included 19 teams from 12 states. The announcement coincided with the start of the teaming phase, which challenges the Innovation Phase contest winners to build teams. On Nov. 30, IDA will host a Teaming Webinar for individuals, companies, test sites, and related organizations interested in joining the team of an Innovation Phase winner, to take the preliminary concept into a fully operational prototype. Each of the 19 Innovation Phase winners will make a short pitch about their project during the event. There will be one speaker per team. Those interested in partnering with a team will receive contact information upon registration to the event. Competitors can leverage industry expertise, access private capital, and obtain mentorship and support through the American-Made Network, a group of national laboratories, incubators, investors, and industry experts. The Network also provides access to local capabilities that will help accelerate the development of their desalination system prototypes. This is a free webinar.


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Please contact IDA at +1 978.774.0959 or [email protected] for more information.