As registration approaches, some of you may be seeking more information about the timeline of the Wave Energy Prize. Below are important milestones for participating teams. It’s important to note that these are tentative and may be adjusted; we will publish a finalized timetable in the Wave Energy Prize Rules when they are posted in April. Tentatively, key dates for potential teams to consider are:
April 2015: Registration for the Wave Energy Prize opens online. The Wave Energy Prize Rules and the Wave Energy Prize Terms and Conditions will also be posted on the website at this time. Once we approve your registration, we will send you the Technical Submission package and instructions to access the section of the website that is reserved for participants.
June 15, 2015: Wave Energy Prize Registration closes; announcement of official Registered Teams to follow.
July 15, 2015: Design submission deadline.
July 16—August 13, 2015: A Technical Expert Judging Panel reviews design submissions and promotes qualified designs to the next level of design/development.
August 14, 2015: Announcement of Qualified Teams.
August 14—January 29, 2016: Each Qualified Team develops a small-scale model, demonstrating proof-of-concept via 1/50th scaled prototype testing, validated WEC performance, numerical simulations, and/or any design stage wave tank testing results. Qualified Teams then submit their designs for review.
January 29, 2016: Results of small-scale testing and associated documentation/results due to Wave Energy Prize administration.
March 1, 2016: Up to 10 Finalists and Alternates announced; seed funding distribution begins to Finalists.
March 1—July 2016: Finalists and Alternates procure and construct 1/20th scaled prototype WEC devices for tank testing.
June 15, 2016: Finalists and Alternates submit build progress and test readiness reports.
July 1, 2016: Announcement of Finalists who will proceed to testing at the Carderock MASK basin facility in Maryland.
August 1-October 10, 2016: Finalists’ 1/20th scaled prototypes are test and evaluated at the Carderock MASK basin facility.
November 2016: Awards ceremony with announcement of winning team(s).
You can also refer to the full timeline at http://waveenergyprize.org/about.html in the “Dates” tab.