Water Abundance XPRIZE: Using technology to improve affordable access to clean water
The Water Abundance XPRIZE is an open challenge to use technology to improve affordable access to clean water in high humidity areas where water is currently unavailable or inaccessible. It seeks to attract a solution to the lack of access to clean water encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Water scarcity is a serious issue in the Indo-Pacific region. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s InnovationXchange and XPRIZE are calling on innovators from around the globe to participate in the Water Abundance XPRIZE to help solve this issue.
What were the guidelines of the challenge?
Prizes will be awarded to the creators of the most innovative and effective device which uses energy-efficient technology to harvest water from the air. The device should produce a minimum of 2,000 litres of water per day from the atmosphere, using 100 per cent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than two cents per litre.
Scientists, social change agents, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, and other creative minds applied to compete as teams or individuals.
What’s the latest?
Registration for the Water Abundance XPRIZE closed in April 2017. A 17-month process of designing, testing and evaluating inventions is now underway, with the winning team to be announced in October 2018. The reward for the best solution is USD 1.5 million, plus the top five teams will receive a prize of USD 50,000 each.
For more information, go to http://water.xprize.org