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American-Made Challenges-Office of Technology Transitions EnergyTech University Prize 2022-2023
Sponsored by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the American-Made EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) is a collegiate competition challenging multidisciplinary student teams to develop and present a business plan that leverages National Laboratory-developed or other high-potential energy technologies, including university-developed technologies or other technologies of interest to student competitors. EnergyTech UP awards cash prizes to teams that successfully identify an energy technology, assess its market potential, and propose a strategy for commercialization.
The EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP), in partnership with American-Made Challenges, is designed to be approachable, equitable, and scalable nationwide. EnergyTech UP, in partnership with American-Made Challenges, is designed to be approachable, equitable, and scalable nationwide. Winners will be chosen based on the strength of their business proposal.
Here’s how you can get started:
- View the informational webinar recording
- Review the official rules document
- Then explore possible technology opportunities on OTT’s Lab Partnering Service website
- View the results of the 2022 competition.
Technological development of Maglev-derived Systems
Looking at promising mobility system to complete the transport offer of rail-guided technologies, there is a need to evaluate the technical feasibility as well the effectiveness (under the safety, economic and performance related perspective) of the introduction of maglev-derived systems in Europe that can provide high-quality connections among cities and towns, fostering socio-economic development and territorial integration of the concerned areas, and contribute to create a single European mobility area. This requires the development of business case(s), considering the needs and requirements of the end customers and the stakeholders involved, and an analysis of the systems and technology needed for maglev-derived technologies implementation (e.g. in term of infrastructure, signalling, communication, etc.). The project stemming from this topic is also expected to identify the advantages and constraints of the new rail-guided system, against the current transport and mobility offer.
Hyperloop Industrial Roadmap and pilots
New guided ultra-high speed transport systems based on magnetic levitation and with “capsules” movement inside a vacuum tube are currently emerging. To analyse the feasibility of this type of transport, not only the technical issues must be resolved, but also those related to the economic viability, system operations, safety and acceptance of this new type of transport. Current economic analysis for this type of systems have not been based on a full scale demonstration, that is key to deliver an operational concept and thereof a realistic evaluation of the feasibility of operational business models, as well as paths for testing, certification, deployment, and full market adoption. Additionally, the implementation of the innovative solutions and the estimation of the real capacity of such transport mode rely on the safety requirements/analysis of the system as well as investigation on the future applicable traffic control systems and sensoring techniques.
Standardised offer/contract management for agile access to Rail Freight and multimodal services in EU
The main objective of this call for tender is to improve the business environment of innovative SMEs and make public procurement an attractive option for these economic operators through an enhanced uptake of strategic public procurement in Europe.Such uptake is achieved through partnership between big public buyers such as cities, regions, hospitals, central purchasing bodies, or utilities working on concrete projects and similar challenges. This objective is achieved by promoting collaboration between big buyers in strategic public procurement with a view to driving the market for innovative goods, services and works. This also aims at contributing to the economic recovery of the EU, stimulating innovation and start-ups. The activities carried out in this project should be fully consistent with the overarching aims of the Green Deal, and any strategy related to a green, digital and resilient recovery.
New railway station concept for green and socially inclusive smart cities
The project stemming from this topic should develop a shared methodology for transforming existing stations or designing new ones into socio-technical systems operating as city’s greening engines for the surrounding environment, and new urban hubs aggregating multiple services for the users and its citizens. In this respect, the project will integrate and contribute to the EU-Rail Multi-Annual Work Programme – Flagship Area 4 – A Sustainable and Green Rail System as well as to the European Union New EU Urban Mobility Framework.
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