December 6th: Abstracts due
December 6th- December 13th: Crowd discuss of abstracts
December 20th: Submit revised abstracts
December 27th: Announcement of project ideas
December 27th- March 6th: Work on your Round 2 project
March 6th: Submission deadline for Round 2 project
March 16th- March 24th: Crowd discuss
March 25th: Winners announced!
$4,000 1st Prize
$2,500 2nd Prize
$500 Crowd vote
$500 Critic Award
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Hydro power is most commonly thought of as hydro-electric dams, that pool water behind them, and let it flow out through a set of pipes, driving large generators in the process. It can mean other things, however, such as power generated by oceanic currents, the advance and retreat of tides, and the up-and-down motion of waves on large bodies of water. On a planet whose surface is 70% water, it's a resource that cannot be ignored.
These spiral water pump designs run off of running water. They're simple, and sustainable by design, because they won't run if there's too little water. Additionally, the basic design could be adapted to work with other power sources (like wind, for example) to move water from standing bodies like ponds or lakes!
Computer simulation provides best setup for hydrokinetic power generation from tides and ocean currents.
A college student has developed a generator that uses the motion of water in a swimming pool to power the lights for the pool.
People have been working to harvest energy from the ocean for years, and every once in a while, somebody comes up with an idea nobody had tried before. This design would take advantage of the constant presence and pressure of waves to generate power through a hydraulic system without little to no damage to sea life, boats, or even the scenery.