ADAPT: Design for Testing

stage 1 marker - a cup of water with a triple wave icon

Stage III: ADAPT

180 DAYS: June 8, 2020 to November 30, 2020

Competitors in this stage had 180 days to document a thorough and robust design of a system specific to testing at Jennette’s Pier, but that can be scaled for similar environments for disaster relief or remote community water access. This was done through a combination of thorough engineering analysis, design drawings and documentation, and developing a plan to build their technology in the CREATE Stage. Teams that demonstrated the technical capability and detailed plans to build a functional or proof-of-concept prototype were awarded a cash prize and invited to compete in the CREATE Stage.

Congratulations to our ADAPT Stage Winners!


10 winners were selected based on their strong submissions to the second stage of the prize. These teams were each awarded an $80,000 cash prize and may continue building on their innovation in the CREATE Stage.

entry title (listed alphabetically) team video
Ballast, Buoys, and Borrowing from Archimedes Project 816
CalWave HydroNode CalWave Power Technologies Inc.
Canvasback Desalination System Canvasback Desalination System
DUO wave powered desalination system Sea Potential Team
MZSP Freshwater Production System MarkZero Prototypes LLC
OCEAN WATERS OCEAN WATERS
Oneka Snowflake, the wave-powered watermaker Oneka
WATER BROS WATER BROS Desalination
Water Duck Surge Seeker & Water Duck
WEC Powered Desalination System ReVision

Even more ADAPT Stage Innovation


While these solutions weren’t chosen during the ADAPT Stage, we applaud the vision that so many teams put forth during this stage of the prize. Learn more about these teams and their ideas below.

entry title (listed alphabetically) team video
100% Pure Desalination using Cavitation Method Guru Rathod
BOUGATAYA-WEC Ahmad El Abbadi
Bravo Surf Turbine Inge Bakke
Energy Absorbing Breakwater Energy Absorbing Breakwater
Flipper Surge Seeker & Water Duck
FLOATING SURGE SEAWATER DESALINATION Amr Yousef's team
Fresh Water Generator Johan Urh
HYDRA Sam Beyene
Hydrokolba Vasiliy Brich's team
Multi-Point Surface WEC Maiden Wave Energy
Non-traditional route Baomin Shen
Platypus - Ocean Energy That's Not a Hoax Mark Supal
"Pneu" wave clean energy WEC Conner Crandall
ROOWaC Desalinator Wells Engineering, LLC
SD CAL Desal SD CAL Desal
Sea Water Desalination using electric steam boiler Azzam Ahmed Qureshi
Surge Seeker - Fresh Water from the Ocean Surge Seeker & Water Duck
vitality bubble Richy Talavera's team
W2WV1 HeonYong Kang's team
Water Desalination using oscillating pistons Guru Rathod
Wave Drinker:Fresh Water from and Powered by Ocean Wave Drinker
Wave2O™ 1.5m3/d Composite SurgeWEC™ RME USA's team
Wave2O™ 1.5m3/d HDPE SurgeWEC™ RME USA's team
Wave2O™ 1.5m3/d Rigid-Inflatable SurgeWEC™ RME USA's team
Wave-powered desalination for disaster scenarios Team Nalu e Wai

Solutions that help shape the future

Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, facility or potential partner? Anyone with an innovative idea can help promote transformation by participating in the American-Made Challenges.


View the ADAPT submissions on HeroX