Colloide Progress to the ‘CREATE’ Stage In Waves to Water Competition

Sea Potential make a splash in the ADAPT Stage of the Waves to Water Prize! Chosen as one of 10 winners, our team Sea Potential which combines our water treatment expertise with our partners Pure Marine expertise in wave energy will advance to the CREATE stage of the competition.

What is the Waves to Water Prize?

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), the 5-stage, $3.3 million contest aims to accelerate innovation in small, modular, wave-powered desalination systems capable of producing clean water in disaster relief scenarios, as well as in water-scarce coastal and island locations.

Sea Potential’s concept is to use a high power capture wave energy device, called DUO, to pressurise and pump large volumes of sea water which is then filtered via a reverse osmosis membrane to produce drinkable water.

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What’s next?

Next up is the CREATE Stage where we will build a functional prototype of our system along with a plan to build and deliver this technology for the DRINK Stage. This will be done through a combination of thorough engineering analysis, design drawings and documentation, and physical builds and tests of critical or novel components and subsystems.

During the DRINK Stage, winning teams from the CREATE Stage will put concepts to the test in the open ocean at the Coastal Studies Institute’s test facilities at Jennette’s Pier.




Stage 1: CONCEPT – closed 90 DAYS: June 13, 2019 to September 11, 2019
SStage 2: DESIGN – closed 120 DAYS: November 14, 2019 to March 13, 2020
Stage 3: ADAPT closed 180 DAYS: June 8, 2020 to November 30, 2020 5:00 P.M. ET
Stage 4: CREATE now open 180 DAYS: February 2021 to August 2021
Stage 5: DRINK 180 DAYS: September 2021 to Spring 2022 (anticipated)