Water Abundance XPRIZE: Using technology to improve affordable access to clean water


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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.

Who applied?

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 was completed in October 2018.

Only two solutions were able to meet the competition milestones and reach final testing.

The Winners

The judging panel unanimously selected the SkySource/SkyWater Alliance as the winner of the USD1.5 million Grand Prize. In fact this was the only solution to the ambitious competition parameters. This was announced at XPRIZE's annual 'Visioneering' summit in Los Angeles in 2018.

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The judges also recommended awarding Team JMCC Wing with a Bold Innovator Award and USD200,000 to further develop their solution.

XPRIZE are now working on connecting these successful teams with partners who may be able to assist these teams to commercialise and scale their ideas.

For more information, go to https://www.xprize.org/prizes/water-abundance