Water Security Grand Challenge

Water is a critical resource for human health, economic growth, and agricultural productivity. The United States has historically benefitted from access to low-cost water supplies, but challenges for freshwater supplies could threaten U.S. economic competitiveness and water security. Significantly for DOE, present day water and energy systems are interdependent.

The Water Security Grand Challenge is a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. Using a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, early-stage research and development, and other programs, the Grand Challenge has set the following goals for the United States to reach by 2030:

 

Goal 1 of the Water Security Grand Challenge
Launch desalination technologies that deliver cost-competitive clean water
Goal 3 of the Water Security Grand Challenge
Achieve near-zero water impact for new thermoelectric power plants, and significantly lower freshwater use intensity within the existing fleet
Goal 5 of the Water Security Grand Challenge
Develop small, modular energy-water systems for urban, rural, tribal, national security, and disaster relief settings
Goal 2 of the Water Security Grand Challenge
Transform the energy sector's produced water from a waste to a resource
Goal 4 of the Water Security Grand Challenge
Double resource recovery from municipal wastewater
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Recent News and Blogs

Department of Energy Selects Additional Project to Enable Near-Zero Water Consumption of Power Plants
FE selected one additional project to receive $1.5M under the second closing of DE-FOA-0002001.000001.
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Energy Department Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Funding to Advance Water Security
Energy Department Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Funding to Advance Water Security.
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Department of Energy Announces $20 Million to Improve Water and Wastewater Treatment System Infrastructure
Department of Energy Announces $20 Million to Improve Water and Wastewater Treatment System Infrastructure
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DOE Announces Waves to Water Stage Two Winners and Selection of Final Test Site
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the second stage (DESIGN) of the Waves to Water Prize.
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U.S. Department of Energy Issues Request for Information for Water Security Grand Challenge Thermoelectric Cooling Prize
DOE seeks public comment on the design of a prize competition aimed at lowering water use in thermoelectric power plants.
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Department of Energy Launches $9 Million Desalination Prize
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the $9 million American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize.
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces Water Security Prize to Stimulate Resource Recovery among Small and Medium-sized Facilities
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a $1 million Water Resource Recovery Prize.
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Department of Energy Challenges Innovators to Harness the Power of the Oceans
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced developments in two new prizes.
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Department of Energy Invests $4.6M in Produced Water Treatment
The Office of Fossil Energy has selected four projects to receive $4.6M for produced water treatment research and development.
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Advanced Manufacturing Office Issues Request for Information on Water Security Grand Challenge Resource Recovery Prize
Request for Information (RFI) Number: DE-FOA-0002165 This is solely a Request for Information. This is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement.
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Department of Energy Selects National Alliance for Water Innovation to Lead Energy-Water Desalination Hub
Hub will focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient and cost-competitive desalination technologies.
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Water Security Grand Challenge: Workshop Outcomes
Describes the outcomes of a 2018 water security energy nexus workshop conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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DOE Launches Wave Energy Water Desalination Prize Competition
Prize competition seeks to accelerate the development of wave energy powered desalination systems and launch novel technologies.
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Energy Department Announces $4M for University Training and Research Projects
The Office of Fossil Energy selected 10 coal technology projects at U.S. colleges and universities to receive funding.
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DOE Announces Prize Competition for Wave Energy Water Desalination
Prize builds on DOE efforts to spur U.S. Innovation through competition to accelerate technology development.
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Chevron Technology Ventures Awards Winners in FE-Supported Produced Water Challenge
Today, Chevron Technology Ventures, LLC announced three winners of the FE-supported Chevron Tech Challenge for Produced Water.
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DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge
Challenge aims to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water.
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U.S. Department of Energy and Chevron Technology Ventures Announce Cooperation Agreement for Produced Water Challenge
DOE and Chevron Technology Ventures announced a new agreement to advance solutions to produced water issues.
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