The increasing use of rooftop solar power generation and other Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) promises to make local utility management much more complex in the coming years. The Seeker is asking for ideas on how to create a system to monitor and manage the complicated utility distribution networks of the future.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
General Fusion is seeking a method to quickly and reliably induce a substantial current to jump a 5-10 cm gap within a few hundred microseconds.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with the nation’s top pork and dairy producers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, and environmental and scientific experts to host the Nutrient Recycling Challenge—a competition to find affordable technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock waste and create valuable products.
The goals are to:
In addition to the guaranteed monetary award for this Challenge, Solvers may be provided with multiple types of opportunities to publicize their submissions, if they choose.
The Seeker desires a chemical adsorbent or method which can be used to remove elemental mercury from flue gas in a coal fired power plant. The chemical adsorbent or method should be suitable for use in a fixed bed configuration. A number of methods, such as the use of activated carbon are known, however not applicable to conditions of high humidity and in the presence of condensation.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
The Seeker desires a Solution for sealing the expansion joints between composite wood panels installed in a residential construction setting. The joint should be waterproof and airtight. The Solution can be a manufacturing solution, a post-installation treatment of the joints on the job-site, or a hybrid of the two approaches.
A manufacturing solution could include a modification of the composite wood in the panel itself, the addition of an engineered edge or coating to the panel, or other innovative approaches. For example, can self-sealing technology (bio-based or polymers approaches) be incorporated into wood panels? Post-installation approaches to seal the joints on the job-site could include complements or improvements to current approaches of using liquid, aerosolized or foam sealants.
This challenge has unique terms, please read the challenge-specific agreement carefully.
Access to safe, clean and reliable sources of energy has a significant impact on health, quality of life, education and economic productivity. Particularly in the developing world, access to such type of energy has the potential to change the landscape in terms of poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, and, no less important, global warming.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a clean-burning, portable, and efficient fuel that is increasingly used in many developing countries. However, the existence of a large number of aging cylinders constitutes a worrying safety hazard due to lack of maintenance that puts populations in danger and ultimately hinders the growth of a successful LPG market.
Hence, the Seeker to this Challenge is looking for high-value alternative uses for substandard cylinders, so that they can be recycled and removed from the LPG distribution channels.
Engage in this Challenge and contribute to save lives and promote clean energy uptake throughout Africa!
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
A new method is needed to seal a metal cylinder and the metal surface of the cylindrical hole into which it fits such that molten lead on one end of the cylinder is isolated from a vacuum on the opposite end of the cylinder. The cylinder is subject to repetitive impacts and high temperatures, which must not compromise the seal. More details are provided in the body of the Challenge.
The Seeker is looking for a method to produce a vacuum-tight seal between two closely spaced panes of glass with particular attention to the management of the thermal expansion in the corner area of the seal.
The Seeker is looking to design a system whose primary goal is collecting the heat energy in buildings. The collection of this energy should be optimized in the most energy-efficient and cost-efficient method possible.
This is a modified Theoretical Challenge with a guaranteed award. This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
The mission of the U.S Dept. of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are not yet mature enough for private sector investment but may, if successfully developed, create the foundation for entirely new industries. One such research program is Reducing Emissions Using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE). The goal of REMOTE is to develop bioconversion technologies to transform our ability to convert methane (the main component of natural gas) into liquid fuels at small scale and low capital expense (CapEx). One important technology challenge in this area is the energy efficient transfer of gas feedstocks into an aqueous phase for bioconversion at high volumetric productivities.
This ARPA-E Challenge seeks new strategies and approaches to achieving high rates of mass transfer of gas feedstocks in bio-based catalytic reactors (bioreactors), while minimizing the input of energy.