Global Marine Transport Pollution XPRIZE
Marine pollution generated by transport ships is a global scale problem that is impacting the level of pollution.
While land generated pollution has drastically reduced globally with time thanks to renewable energies, marine transportation has not innovated as many solutions. The world’s largest 16 ships can produce as much sulfur pollution as all of the world’s cars and there are 10,000 transport ships in the world! Each year, an estimated 87,000 Europeans (2012) die due to this pollution and this number is constantly increasing globally.
Regulatory penalites to reflect environmental cost have created some incentives to solve this problem, but not sufficiently to clearly elaborate and benchmark the best solution to this problem.
A Global Marine Transport Pollution XPRIZE would help focus attention market-driven innovation to this great challenge, help elaborate and compare the best solution while alleviating the large upfront investments costs to test the finalists solutions.
Given identical container ships, same investment amount and system weight minimize overall emissions, waste and operational cost while running continuously at full power for 10 days.
- Five finalists with 1M$USD (selected on the basis of the design and small scale demonstrators
including cap of 100K$USD components budget to implement the solution)
- Grand finalist winner of 5M$USD
- Access to 5 transport ship engine (200K$USD apiece) for a duration of a half a year for the field test (1M$USD)
Total: 7M$USD (+ organizational, field test, permits, licenses, location rental budget)