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Power At Sea Prize

Open Date:


Close Date:


Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • General Public
  • Local Governments
  • Native/Tribal Entities
  • Non-profits
  • Private Sector
  • State Governments

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:

Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays: June 18 June through July 23, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
  • Wednesdays: June 26 through July 24 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
  • Register here.


  • Tuesdays: June 25 through July 23 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
  • Wednesdays: June 26 through July 24 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Register here.

Open Scheduling:

  • Check availability from June 18 through July 23
  • Contact lparks@odu.edu

This prize closes and re-opens with each of its phases.


Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


DOE’s Powering the Blue Economy: Power at Sea Prize will award up to $1.7 million to competitors to advance technologies that use marine energy to power ocean-based activities.

Next-generation maritime or “blue” technologies are moving farther offshore to capture data across the ocean. Applications may include ocean-observing devices, aquaculture installations, and much more, and all require access to consistent, locally available power. This prize challenges competitors to meet this need by identifying new, innovative, and feasible marine energy concepts that harness the power of the ocean.

Concepts can power any off grid use in the ocean with marine energy, which includes power from waves, tides, and ocean currents. To accelerate the commercialization of the nascent marine energy industry, competitors’ concepts should have a high potential for eventual deployment at sea.

Over two phases, the Power at Sea Prize will incentivize competitors to develop novel, marine energy-powered concepts by choosing at least one integration challenge specific to the blue economy:

  • Access: How does the solution help to reduce the high cost or limited opportunities for service, maintenance, and/or intervention?
  • Deployment duration: How does the solution improve the deployment duration at sea?
  • Energy storage: How does the solution improve the capabilities currently limited by battery capacity?
  • Environmental/ecological impact: How does the solution minimize the negative effects of interactions with local flora and fauna?
  • Harsh operational conditions: How does the solution address operations in challenging conditions and unwanted growth of marine organisms?
  • Hybridization with other renewable energy resources: How does the solution utilize marine energy to address power gaps caused by intermittency of other non-marine renewable energy resources?
  • Suitability of power: How does the solution maximize efficiency?

The first phase, CONCEPT, will center on developing teams and sound concepts, awarding up to 20 winners from a cash prize pool of up to $200,000. Concepts in early stages of development are welcome — from a system, subsystem, or component that has not yet been developed to those that have had some previous work completed up to the prototype stage. The CONCEPT phase is now open for submissions and will close on July 26, 2024. The challenge’s first webinar will be held November 29 to inform interested competitors about prize details.

The second phase, DEVELOP, aims to better position competitors for continued technology development following the prize. Up to 20 DEVELOP phase winners will be selected and share a cash prize pool of up to $1.5 million.

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