Water Abundance XPRIZE: creating water from thin air
The Water Abundance XPRIZE is a global competition inviting innovators everywhere to tackle water scarcity by developing energy-efficient technologies to improve affordable and on-demand access to clean water, particularly in high humidity areas where water is currently unavailable or inaccessible.
The Water Abundance XPRIZE aims to inspire breakthrough solutions that will address the lack of access to clean water, encapsulated in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Water scarcity is a serious issue in the Indo-Pacific region. XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and operating massive incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange is partnering with XPRIZE, and together they are calling on innovators from around the globe to compete in the Water Abundance XPRIZE to help solve this challenge.
USD1.5 million will be awarded to the creator of the most innovative and effective device which uses energy-efficient technology to harvest water from air, producing 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 2 cents per litre.
Scientists, NGOs, engineers, social change agents, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers and other creative minds are encouraged to compete as a team or individually. The Abundance XPRIZE is looking for innovators across all geographies, disciplines, life stages, and all walks of life. The reward for the best solution is USD1.5 million, plus each of the top five teams will receive a prize of USD50,000.
Registration for the Water Abundance XPRIZE closes on 28 April 2017. It is followed by a 17-month process of designing, testing and evaluating inventions, with the winning team announced in August 2018.