DOE Tries Crowdsourcing for Solar Innovation
The Energy Department announced a new prize competition – SunShot Catalyst – to spur innovation in the US solar marketplace.
Intended to tackle market barriers and address technical problems that can be solved through automation, algorithms, data, and software, SunShot Catalyst will leverage the reach and power of online crowdsourcing to generate ideas, spur business innovations and develop prototypes.
The Catalyst program consists of four steps with value awarded to all winning contestants totaling $1,000,000, including about $500,000 in cash prizes.
Step 1 begins May 21 with an “ideation” phase. Step 2 is the “business innovation” phase, which begins July 24, followed by the Step 3 “Prototype” phase. Up to 20 finalists will then advance to Step 4, the “Incubation” phase.
The prototype phase is designed to help business plan contest winners rapidly develop viable products using a crowd-centric performance-based software development platform. During the contest, teams will be provided with $25,000 worth of support from a DOE-provided software developer over a 60-day period.
DOE announced SunShot Catalyst at the SunShot Summit, taking place this week in Anaheim, Calif.
- LG Electronics: Enhancing customer Experience through Sustainability
- 2015 Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards
- Unlocking the Value of Energy & Operational Data
- Smart Companies Utilize Integrated Energy Solutions
- Migration to Mobile: The Evolution of EHS Management Tools
- How to Thrive in Today's EHS Landscape
- Improve Your Company's Environment and Energy Performance
- ASSA ABLOY: Investing in Sustainability Opens the Door for Business Opportunity
- Mobility from the Plant Floor to the Store Door: Improve Safety, Accuracy and Productivity
- Verdantix Green Quadrant for EHS Software